My NWT is a touring bike, but I only tour once in a while and have a few touring bikes to choose from so it has to serve multiple purposes. I didn’t really have a clear vision of what the NWT would be when not on tour, but it has naturally become my choice for all urban assault missions that don’t require folding. Of course if it has to fold my Tikit is the obvious choice.
What makes a good urban assualt bike?
- quick & nimble
- reliable = IGH
- all weather = fenders
- can carry stuff easily
- fun to ride
- easy to store transport if needed
My NWT meets all of the criteria above without breaking a sweat. The 20″ wheels make darting around obstacles easy & fun while at the same time being strong so crashing through potholes isn’t an issue. Since the NWT is built for touring it’s tough and reliable. With a Shimano Nexus 8 IGH it’s also low maintenance. With a dyno headlight, 2 LED tail lights and fenders it’s ready to ride day or night – rain or shine. Front and rear racks mean I can carry a week’s worth of groceries or a month’s worth of recycling easily. Bike Friday dialed the fit for me so well I find I’m grabbing the NWT a lot just because it feels so good to ride. I love the drop bars, Brooks saddle, BMX pedals and Greenspeed Scorcher tires. They all work together to make hopping on the NWT a pleasure. As a bonus if I need to throw the NWT in a car trunk or hop on transit I can fold it in a minute or two.
I’ve been feeling extremely lazy when it comes to bike related projects lately so the full coverage fenders are still sitting in the corner waiting for some time to put them on. The Bike Friday travel fenders work well enough it’s not a huge issue – although I am looking forward to the functionality and aesthetics of the SKS 20″ fenders I have ready to install. I also think I’ll add an AirZound horn to help get my road rage on when motorists don’t drive like normal human beings!…=-)