My Tikit is back at home from its vacation at Bike Friday HQ. My bike received a new seatmast as part of a warranty repair. I was happy that the repair itself took about a week with another week for shipping back and forth. I was expecting it to take something like 4 weeks. As I noted earlier the absence of my beloved Tikit was really the only downside to the cracked seatmast my bike suffered. I appreciate Bike Friday working quickly to get the bike back to me.
The new setamast has been redesigned to avoid cracking under use. Part of the solution was to change the rolling handle design from the one below to the one shown above. You’ll notice that the bottom of the seatmast is a handle that joins both ends of the seatmast assembly together. This acts as a brace reducing stress on any one joint of the seatmast assembly.
I’ve only used the new rolling handle a few times so far. My initial impression is that it’s quite comfortable and I feel like it gives me more rotational control over the folded Tikit when rolling. I’ll try out a back to back test with the Season Tikit’s old style handle and see what I think. The only complaint I have of the new handle is that it’s bare metal which isn’t particularly comfortable to hold and is quite cold on the hands. I’ll be adding some black cloth hockey tape to the handle shortly to make it nicer to hold.
I haven’t gotten around to reattaching my Tikit’s racks and fenders. That’s on the menu for this week. I might as well take the opportunity to swap out the slick Greenspeed Scorcher tires for the stock Schwalbe Marathons. Having a bit of tread is a good thing in the winter.
Welcome home Tikit…=-)