First Friday of 2011…

5 01 2011

First bike ride of 2011...

My last bike ride of 2010 was on my Bike Friday Tikit so I suppose it’s fitting that my first ride of 2011 was on my Bike Friday Tikit.  Sharon and I were headed into town to meet Kurt for some Thai food so naturally we rode folders because then there were no hassles locking up our bikes outside. This was Sharon’s first ride on the Dahon I brought back from my mother’s place in Toronto.  Her impression was the same as mine – rides well [especially because it fits her 5'6" frame], but no fun folding her.

Tucked away inside safe from bike thieves...

 


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5 01 2011
Andrew Priest

I like how you can take the bikes into the restaurant. I wonder how restaurants here would react to that … we don’t seem to have the same bike friendly attitude you have there.

5 01 2011
Micheal Blue

When I brought my Dahon to Urbane Cyclist for some service, I had a close look at their Bike Friday stock. They had a beautiful blue Tikit and also a blue Pocket Rocket. Really beautiful bikes. The Tikit is tiny, but feels solid…and relatively heavy. If I could do it all over again, I’d buy one of the BF ones.
My first ride of the year was on Jan 1. Basically the same 20-K joy-ride through the local parks as the previous day. Happy biking.

5 01 2011
dexey

I have an old Dahon Speed TR and a Brompton. I camp and tour. I prefer the Speed TR because of the wider gear range, better brakes and 20″ wheels. Not sure why I prefer the bigger wheels but it does seem to roll better.
I don’t like the Dahon fold. I use trains quite a lot. I’ve never seen a Bike Friday in the flesh but the fold in the pictures doesn’t look way different to the Dahon.
How would you say it is better? Thanks for any advice.

6 01 2011
Ty Smith

How is the Dahon fold better? Hmm…

6 01 2011
Ty Smith

oops! meant TIKIT fold better!

6 01 2011
dilys

Ok, it is a faster folder than the Dahon but so is my Brompton and the folded Brompton package is unsurpassed for small size. Also, that video doesn’t include a couple of bags of touring kit to be removed before the fold. It’s a clever marketing device to reinforce a strength of the design, but does nothing that helps the tourist.
Speed of fold is an issue if you are commuting with quick change connections to make. I tend to arrive at the railway station with enough time to remove luggage, fold the bike and drink coffee before the train arrives.
I’d be very happy to buy a BF, I always enjoy buying a new bike, but at the moment I still haven’t seen that the folded bike has any advantages over my Speed TR fold.

6 01 2011
thelazyrando

When I bought my Tikit my friends were Brompton dealers and offered me a Brompton at wholesale. I tried the fold and how it was to ride and bought the Tikit at full price. The Tikit fold is so fast and easy [nothing to adjust going either way] that I would leave my bike lock at home when running errands and fold it 10 times in a couple hours to bring it in shops/businesses with me.

The other advantage of the Tikit for me is at 6′ I could order a Tikit that fits me perfectly rather than trying to fit onto a one size fits some frame.

Finally the Tikit rides much better than the Brompton. I’ve borrowed my friends’ Bromptons on a number of occasions and they are adequate for short rides, but I’m always happy to get back onto my Tikit.

6 01 2011
dexey

I take your point about the Brompton ride, although at 1.7 metres it fits me fine, it wasn’t designed as a tourer. I’ve seen two that are Rohloff fitted and brakes upgraded and they do tour with very good luggage carrying capacity, but it is an expensive upgrade. (very tempting though) The Speed TR is a very good tourer and I am happy riding it but the fold’s clumsiness irks me; I’ll go see a BF, methinks.

6 01 2011
Micheal Blue

Vik, how is the Tikit for regular maintenance? After putting 3200 km on my Dahon I had to have the front brake and its cable replaced and the IGH cable replaced (all rusted and seized). Is this normal? (I rode it in all kinds of weather, including salted streets/paths). Thanks for the answer.

6 01 2011
thelazyrando

@Michael – this is year 4 of being a Tikiteer. It has been my main rain and snow bike for in town use. I’m putting a new set of tires on it, new chain and new cassette as well as new brake pads.

I’ve actually dropped it off at BF for a repaint. No rust or wear/tear to the frame, but it seemed like a cheap way to get a “new” bike without replacing it. I could have probably waited 10yrs before I touched the paint, but 2011 is the year of upgrading my fleet!

6 01 2011
thelazyrando

@Dexey – if you fit a Brompton/Dahon you have over come one major problem I have with those brands. My GF is riding my Dahon Speed D7 and it fits her 5’6″ frame just fine.

In terms of fold there is nothing in the same league as the Tikit. I’ve tried every single folding bike I could get my hands on and nothing has impressed me. Having said that I could live with the Dahon fold on tour where I might only use it a few times in a week. OTOH – for a daily fold I couldn’t cope.

6 01 2011
dexey

“… I could live with the Dahon fold on tour where I might only use it a few times in a week…”

That’s a very good point that I hadn’t thought of before. I usually only fold the bike to get on the train at each end of the bike ride.
Thanks, I enjoy your writing.

6 01 2011
Ty Smith

I fold my Tikit 2-3 times per day, so the under-five-second fold, with no adjustment, was the big kicker for me. Plus I also test rode a Brompton, and much prefer the ride of the tikit.

Don’t get me wrong! The Brompton is a great bike, love the ultra-compact fold, but to me the fast fold and better ride, put the Tikit over the top

6 01 2011
dexey

@ Ty
Yeah, I can understand that. The Brommy can be made to tour but it isn’t designed to do so.

6 01 2011
thelazyrando

Although I am a Tikit fan – if someone owns a Brompton or Dahon…fits great on it, loves how it rides and loves the fold – then there is no reason to do anything, but ride your bike and smile…=-)

6 01 2011
Daus

Three things made the tikit a game changer in the urban area.

1. The fast fold
2. The ability to easily roll the tikit WITH a pannier still attached.
3. The integrated “Stealth” hood that allows you to bring it into fancy restaurants without being told to leave it outside.

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