I’ve had my Bike Friday Tikit folding bike nearly 3 years now so I thought I would provide some thoughts looking back on our years together. The photos in this post are from Dec 2007.
- my Tikit has become one of my favourite bikes and has seen a lot of use over these years.
- the hyperfold is a game changer for me that allows me to use a bike for missions I would otherwise drive or take transit.
- I have a 2010 Tikit that I can compare to this 2007 Tikit. The newer model has some improvements for sure, but when Bike Friday asked me if I wanted to trade in my old Tikit on a new one I said..”No way!” It just works so well and we get along too well to split up our partnership…=-)
- this Tikit has been my winter and rain bike. I was worried that a complex folder might get messed up by the salt, grit and wet conditions, but so far I haven’t had any rust issues at all and the bike folds as well as it did on day 1.
- In terms of maintenance I haven’t done anything other than oil the chain occasionally. I checked the hyperfold cable once. I have lubed the clamp at the stem hinge 2 or 3 times. This bike has been washed twice. After 3 years of use I need to replace the chain/cassette/chainring, but it’s still working fine so I keep putting that off, but definitely before next spring that will have to happen. I swapped in some Greenspeed Scorchers which are looking a bit worn and will need to be replaced by next spring. Overall not too bad for a folding bike with all sorts of hinges and cables.
- I’ve really come to depend on the mobility and flexibility of this bike. It allows me to ride when I wouldn’t be able to on a full size bike due to security or logistical issues. With most of my other bikes if they were stolen I’d probably take the opportunity to try out something different. With my Tikit I’d order up a new Tikit the next day.
- I have tried other brands of folders [Brompton, Dahon & Birdy], but nothing comes even close to the ride quality, folding ease and comfortable fit of my Bike Friday Tikit.
- I have a habit of buying and selling bikes to try out different products so it is rare for a bike to last 3yrs in my fleet and really rare for me to turn down a chance to upgrade to a newer model. However, one thing I have learned is when you find a bike that is 10 out of 10 awesome hang on to it. That’s not something to be taken lightly.
- The cool thing about buying a Tikit is that besides an amazing bike you get the support of a company that’s dedicated to customer service and that loves cycling.
- Anytime I’ve had a question or concern they treated me very well and resolved my issue as fast as possible.
- I like the fact that my Bike Friday was made by hand in Eugene OR and that I can call up the company and chat with them about my bike.
- I’ve visited Bike Friday twice and really enjoyed seeing the factory and meeting the folks behind this bike.
- It is easy to see why Bike Friday customers buy several bikes from this company as their cycling needs change and why they are so passionate about them.
- I’m sure glad I took the chance and ordered a Tikit 3 years ago…=-)
If you want to check out my thoughts on my Bike Friday Tikit back when I first got it you can check out my Vik’s Tikit Blog and for newer Tikit posts you can check out this section of my current blog.