The one fingered rolling technique shown in my post yesterday works for the new version of the Tikit rolling handle. For the older style handle and safety brace I use two different grips shown above and below.
The top photo shows the thumb on top of the carrying handle. This grip keeps my hand away from the safety brace and gives me the same control/comfort as I had without the brace in place.
The bottom photo shows my thumb wrapped around the brace which gives me more control over the Tikit laterally than the stock handle alone. I don’t find touching the brace uncomfortable. The brace has been in place for several months and I haven’t bothered to pad it. I probably will pad it at some point when I have some cloth tape in my hand and I’m standing next to this bike – and I remember to do something~! Clearly it’s not a big deal…
I get asked how much better the new style handle is by owners of older Tikits. Is it worth upgrading?
My answer would be:
- I wouldn’t upgrade to the new handle if I had no other reason to do so…hence why my Season Tikit still has the old handle.
- However, if your bike has to go back to Bike Friday for some other work I would do the handle replacement at that time.
- If you are buying a Tikit and looking at an older model and a newer model I would give the newer handle the nod unless the cost savings was more than $300.