On Dec 30, 8:06?pm, Tom Sherman <
> Reportedly, except for the Tikit, most of the Bike Friday models do not
> fold that quickly or compactly, compared to a bike such as the Bromptom
> or some of the Dahon models? Is this a fair assessment?
My wife and I have Bike Friday New World Tourists. Yes, the folding
is slower and more finicky than most other folding bikes I've tested.
NWTs are available with dozens of options, since each is custom built,
so details vary. But there are two "issues" that slightly irritate me
with folding our particular bikes:
First, the design intent is that the tall seatmast should fold forward
and slightly rightward, with the saddle clearing the headset. Mine
doesn't go far enough right, so I just pull the seatpost out.
Second, unlike most folders, the tall stem & handlebars don't fold
with a hinge; instead, they pull out and get hung loosely from frame
tubes within the folded frame. With Friday's "H" bars, this is
probably compact (although still loose and rattly). But we have drop
bars, and it's sort of a tangle to get them in place.
Other more minor issues: Our 3x9 drivetrains drop the chain during
the fold, but it re-mounts easily. Our indexing takes a few miles to
settle down after unfolding, since the cables get bent pretty well.
And the rear fender always needs minor aligning after a fold.
All the above applies to the "quick fold," the two-minute version that
gets the bike into a car, etc. Packing the bike in a suitcase is a
much longer disassembly process (maybe 20 - 30 minutes) and three
dimensional jigsaw puzzle. But almost no other bikes can do that at
all, so I don't mind that so much.
- Frank Krygowski