It’s hard to believe it has been 7 months since the Seasons Tikit arrived from Bike Friday. You can read my first impressions here. I’ve really enjoyed the light/precise shifting of the Nexus 8 hub and the bike has literally required zero maintenance since it arrived. Most of the last 7 months the Seasons Tikit has been living with various friends since the medium frame fits them better than it fits me. I’m a little sad I don’t get to use it more often, but there is a reason Bike Friday offers the Tikit in 3 sizes – it makes a big difference in how they ride. On the positive side I have another Tikiteer to ride with and I’m happy to spread the good word about this lovely folding bike. This process has convinced one of my Seasons Tikit test riders to buy his own Seasons Tikit come spring….=-) Cool….the more the merrier!
I figured it was about time to check in on this bike so I convinced Nivea she wanted to give it up for a bit…easier said than done! I’ve been using it the last few days for my rides around town completing errands and appointments. The Seasons Tikit doesn’t have any racks or accessories that aren’t stock. Compared to my Tikit it’s a bit lighter and the shorter wheelbase makes it noticeably easier to ride on a crowded sidewalk or busy parking lot.
When I stay away from the Seasons Tikit I don’t have any complaints about my own derailleur geared Tikit, but as soon as I start shifting that Nexus 8 I start schemeing about how I’ll swap rear triangles or I’ll sell my Tikit and buy a large Seasons Tikit of my own – it’s that nice. However, then the Seasons Tikit goes to live with someone else and I forget how great it shifts so the need to make a change evaporates and I’m totally satisfied with my Tikit. My Tikit actually shifts quite well so it’s not a defect – it’s just how darn sweet the Nexus 8 is to use.
I had a look over the Seasons Tikit and everything is in good order. The Hyperfold cable is tensioned well and the chain doesn’t need adjustment yet. Other than some oil on the chain and some air in the tires [my friends don’t maintain bikes they just ride ‘em] the Seasons Tikit is ready for another 7 months of use. Good thing too since another week and I’d probably have to upgrade my Tikit to a Nexus 8!