Bike Friday New World Tourist Folding Bike


This world-class touring bike is capable of fully loaded trips over multiple weeks and still serve as your everyday commuter.

Three ways to order your bike:

1. Contact us and tell a Bike Expert what you want

2. Choose from the simple options on this page, then go to “Add to cart”

3. For bike geeks who love research choose “Advanced Bike Builder Option”



About the New World Tourist

This is a world-class touring bike capable of fully-loaded trips over many weeks and still can serve as your everyday commuter. It is a custom-built touring bike that is “Best in Class” in reviews from thousands of people who have ridden it over the years, on every continent!

The New World Tourist’s ability to fold in 30 seconds allows you to put it into a car trunk, train seat, small ship cabin or with a little disassembly pack it into an airline check-able suitcase for travel. Zero proprietary parts makes it easy to maintain over years. It’s tested, tried and true by thousands of riders!

The New World Tourist is designed to take front and rear racks that fit standard pannier bike bags so you can ride fully loaded across continents. The gearing is set for you to easily keep up with other non-folding bikes with ease. We offer you many custom options, then hand build your bike to fit your size and particular riding plans.

 The New World Tourist has been our most popular bike since it was first introduced in 1992 and is still our best-seller to this day because of all that it is capable of.


Details on the three bike design options offered in the menu above:

*  The Weekend Warrior:

If you are a weekend warrior that loves getting out for a fun and light tour or simple travel bike to get around, say 30-50 mile ride on Saturday morning or easy holiday, then this is the perfect folding bike for you.

*  Weekend Warrior Features:

  • Bars – MTB Flat
  • Brakes – Linear Pull Brakes
  • Hubs – standard sealed bearings
  • Gearing – 2×8 Speed Shimano (16 gears)
  • Derailleur – Shimano
  • Rims – alloy single wall
  • Shifters – Shimano triggers
  • Tires – hybrid
  • Bike Weight 27lbs.

*  Long-Distance:

The New World Tourist Long-Distance is designed to be ridden across continents on fully loaded tours, keeping up with other non-folding bikes with ease. This specific layout is perfect for the rider who needs to put in some miles. This is a very versatile bike for around town and long weekend tours all over the world! Custom sized to fit your size and plans it is comfortable for easy days in the saddle and flexible enough to fold up and fly as checked baggage.

Custom-fit to your body, your bike is easily loaded with panniers, bags or a trailer hitched behind.

*  Long-Distance Touring Features:

  • Bars – Alloy Drop-Style
  • Brakes –  Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc
  • Hubs – Shimano Deore/Sunrace
  • Gearing – 2×10 Speed Shimano (20 gears)
  • Derailleur – Shimano
  • Rims – Alloy Double Wall
  • Shifters – Shimano Bar-End
  • Tires – Schwalbe Marathon
  • Bike Weight 27lbs.
Bike Friday New World Tourist with Drop Bars

Ready to put in the miles!

A Bike Friday New World Tourist all loaded and ready for adventure

Ready for adventure!

Bike Friday New World Tourist set the standard for travel bikes that fit in a suitcase and the rest of the folding bike industry has been trying to catch-up ever since.  Since 1992 these amazing bikes have seen almost every inch of the globe we call home and they have done it with ease.  When paired with the right components, you can get a bike that will not only meet but exceed your expectations and replace many bikes in your stable.  If your goal is to have a great riding bike that happens to fold then look no further…the Bike Friday New World Tourist is it.

Rack options for your bike:

Rear Rack:

This standard alloy rear rack has plenty of clearance for use with the Bike Friday Under-bag and a 40-pound weight limit. This is a good solid rack for everyday use. Some assembly is required. Color is black.

For heavier loads and easier suitcase packing, see our Bike Friday folding rear rack part ID 9461.

Front Rack Info:

Fits standard panniers. This strong & light front rack is made of 3/8″ tubular 4130 Chromoly steel.  Rated for 25lbs each side. A must for a properly weighted touring bike for front /rear best weight balance and ride control.

Choosing your frame color: 

Choose your Cable Color:

Travel System choices:

Soft Bag:

The Bike Friday Travel Bag allows you to easily carry or store your Bike Friday. Quick-fold your bike, fit it into its durable bag, and zip up! Black nylon coated pack fabric. Two sturdy woven handles and an adjustable shoulder strap allow you to carry your bike onto the bus, train or elevator with ease. A good way to keep it protected in the trunk of your vehicle too. Fits all single Bike Fridays. Proudly made here in Eugene, Oregon.

Designed for Single Pocket Bikes with the front wheel left mounted on the fork. The bag is double sewn with 400 deniers coated pack fabric and has front outside pocket. Shoulder strap and handles are made with polypropylene webbing. Comes with folding directions.
Wt: 672 grams. Rolls up to 4 1/2″ diameter, 14″ long.

Travel Case with Trailer:

The Bike Friday Travel Trailer includes everything you need to make your Travelcase into a tow-ready trailer. The system includes the aluminum trailer frame, two (12″) wheels, protective socks for packaging and one reflective flag and thumb nuts to connect your travel suitcase.

The trailer package also comes with a rear hub axle mounted hitch. This hitch can be used in place of a bike-specific hitch, or as a connection method on another bike so you can swap your trailer system quickly to another bike. There is a male air nipple included as well (integrated into the axle hitch).

The gross weight limit for the trailer is 75 pounds. This includes the weight of the trailer (6.7lbs/2.95 kg) and the average case weight is 13lbs, so the total capacity for your gear is 55lbs.

All felt packing bags and blankets are made from Eco-Fi fleece, a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles which aligns with our mission.

Bike Friday packing materials for folding bike

The New and Improved Bike Friday travel system trailer

Electric Assist Option:

You can add an electric assist to this bike. It is a rear hub motor style and comes with 3 LIGO batteries. These one-of-a-kind LIGO batteries are the only batteries legal to fly with on the Airlines. This Bafang motor system replaces the rear hub in the rear wheel. The Bafang motor has been tuned to perfectly work with our wheel size and bikes.  It’s the quietest system you can buy and is super smooth which you will love.

More details on the Bafang hub motor:

  • No motor resistance
  • Very light! Adds only ~ 11 lbs to your bike
  • Very Quiet!
  • Disc brake compatible (except Avid’s)

Order process information for ordering on this page:

  1.  Phase 1: Follow all the steps in the drop-down menus above then “Add to cart” and follow steps in your cart.  Once purchased phase two will start.
  2. Phase 2: A Bike Friday Expert will follow up with you to determine your pick-up /ship date (production takes 5-7 weeks on average) and confirm any needed details about your order.
  3. Payments Plan and Paypal Credit Option:
  4. Want to order your bike and pay for it later? Give PayPal Credit a try. Here is how you can apply.
  5. Add your new Bike Friday to the cart and proceed to the checkout process.
  6. On the payment step of the checkout process, select “PayPal Credit” as your payment option.
  7. You’ll be redirected to the PayPal website where you will log in or create an account.
  8. On the next step, click “Apply Now” under PayPal Credit and follow the instructions.
  9. Complete the checkout to place your order.
  10. If you have any questions, please email or call us at 1-800-777-0258 USA 1-541-687-0487 INTL, and we’ll be happy to assist.
  11. Then you get your bike!

This 12 min video below shows how a single Bike Friday is assembled out of the suitcase:

Frame Warranty:

We at Green Gear Cycling, Inc. (Bike Friday) want you, the customer, to be happy with your new bicycle. For direct orders shipped from the factory if your bike does not meet your expectations, you may return the bicycle to us for a full refund, less all shipping charges and a 15% restocking fee (as of 06-01-18). CLICK HERE for full warranty information.

Are you not finding what you are looking for?

We offer many more options than we can post here without overwhelming people. We can likely build what you are looking for. Just contact us and tell a friendly Bike Expert what you are looking for. You can also do more exploring on your own first by clicking on the “More New World Tourist Designs link or the “Advanced Designer for bike geeks” button to find our bike configurator.

Bike Expert Contact: 1-800-777-0258 USA 1-541-687-0487 INTL

More New World Tourist Designs Here!

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Average rating:  
 4 reviews
 by David and Judi George
Rain and hail ride

We bought our bikes in the fall of 2017 and have ridden around our hometown near Orlando Florida and traveled in our RV to a few sites with our bikes. This summer I have ridden in Mackinac Island, MI, Sugarcreek and Dayton Oh and we are currently in Avon Colorado where we chose to ride the Vail Pass bike ride on the Gore Creek bike trail. The top of the trail is it 10,600 feet and drops to about 8000 feet by the time we got off the trail in Vail. This is a ride where we used a local outfitter to shuttle us to the top and then you ride back down to the shop.

The ride starts with absolutely gorgeous views and it’s a quick downhill ride. About 10 minutes into our ride it starts raining hard with hail. There is no place to take cover for miles. We both just continue downhill as fast as is safe riding the wonderful disc brakes that we know we can count on. About 30 minutes into our rain and hail we finally came to an underpass where we could take shelter with several other cyclists. By this time our shoes are squishy wet and we are soaked.

Once the rain let up we continued our ride. Of course, the trail is still wet and we are still getting splatter. It’s the first time we traveled by air with our bikes. We took the racks off and decided we didn’t need them and didn’t even consider bringing our fenders. Not a smart move on our part. We know that we have quality components and can count on the disc brakes. We love our bikes and are having a blast with them. Thanks for providing a quality product.

David and Judi George
Clermont, Florida

 by Frank Pedrick
3894 mile

My wife and I completed a tour from Jasper, Canada through Glacier NP to Bismarck, ND to St. Louis, MO to Yorktown, VA last summer (2016) on our Bike Friday NWTs.

We had a lot of unexpected travel before we started, so there wasn't time for many "break-in" rides. We just rode into shape.

Getting to the start involved a car, a bus and a flight, so it was great to be able to have the bikes in suitcases! Our panniers were checked and/or carry-on.

As we camp most of the time, my loaded bike was about 70 lbs. and hers around 60 lbs. I opted for disc brakes and a SRAM dual drive. Both worked very well and were easy to adjust. I did replace the chain and rear cassette at about 2500 miles into our trip, which is pretty routine maintenance. The steering on the NWT could be described as "sensitive" or "twitchy," depending on how you like it... I got used to it pretty quickly. Chugging up hills at 4 m.p.h. on a loaded bike is kind of sensitive no matter what you're on! The bike was solid and stable feeling on the flats and downhill.

My wifes' bike developed a rear hub problem half way through the trip. Bike Friday helped us coordinate with a mechanic along our route and shipped the needed parts there overnight - a well coordinated effort (and great customer service)!

We did get a lot of comments on the bikes along the way. Yet another way to make friends while touring.

By the way, we chose Schwalbe Ultra Marathon tires. We had one flat ( a piece of "road wire" ) and still have a lot of miles left to go on the tires.

This summer... a train from Sacramento to Seattle, to ride around National Parks, San Juan Islands and the Vancouver area! Folding bikes count as luggage on the train - no boxes!

Thanks, Bike Friday!

 by Lin Brand

I've got a 2003 BF I love, and a friend has a late 90's model. Both are as good today as when made (obviously some maintenance and a few upgrades). You cannot go wrong with a BF; I plan on leaving mine to my son and grandchildren as that is how well they are built!

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Additional information

Weight45 lbs
Dimensions32 × 25 × 14 in
Shipping Weight

Above weight is shipping weight, not actual bike weight.

Folded Size(roughly depending on frame size)

Folds to fit into a small space, 32 x 24 x 12”

Easy to Travel with

Will disassemble to fit into a special Samsonite suitcase.

Rider size(default bike)

For riders up to 220-lbs

Heavy-Rider Upgrade

260 lbs heavy rider version

Lighter Frame Option

Lighter frames available for smaller/lighter riders under 150 lbs

Rack/Acc. Upgrades

Takes front and rear racks & (3+ bottle cages) & many other standard accessories