It probably comes as no shock to anyone that I got a Bike Friday New World Tourist [NWT]. I’ve been a big fan of their Tikit and have been interested in their line of custom travel bikes for a while now. The NWT is a classic design that has seen touring duty all over the world. I wanted to see what the slightly larger and stiffer NWT would be like to tour on compared to my Tikit and my full size touring bikes.
One of the hardest parts of the process was deciding which Bike Friday model to get. I like their Air Glide and Pocket Llama models as well as the NWT. Although the titanium beam Air Glide is a cool design I ruled it out as it costs quite a bit more than the more conventional Bike Friday designs and it doesn’t fold as easily. The PL and NWT are fairly similar with the PL having clearance for wider tires and being a bit more rugged. I chose the NWT as I don’t see myself doing any unpaved tours with this bike given the very capable full sized touring bikes in my stable. I also liked the 1.5″ lower BB on the NWT plus it’s such a classic design. Walter @ Bike Friday was very helpful in providing information and answering my questions as worked my way through the options.
Since it was a custom bike I decided to go with a Nexus 8 IGH drivetrain mated to a double chainring upfront. I spec’d drop bars for long distance comfort.
I settled on a white powder coat since my bikes always seem to be black or dark green. The NWT has fenders and front/rear racks so it’s ready to tour.
If there is any doubt that this bike was custom made for me the personalized name plate should put the matter to rest…=-)