On Sunday I took a trip down to Seattle and stopped by Montlake Bike Shop to test ride a Bike Friday because it’s the top running candidate for my world hitchbiking tour on a folding bike. Not only did they have Bike Fridays, but is also a Brompton, Dahon and Tern dealer for those of you that want to shop around.
First impressions of the Bike Friday Future Select Tikit
- Stiffer ride because it does not have a split stem
- Handlebar stem feels weak when you’re grinding up the hill
- Carbon belt drive is silent
- Shimano Nexus Inter-8 hub provides a decent range
- At 5’4″ (162 cm) tall, I was at a tough spot between a medium and a small size Tikit and my boyfriend at 6′ (182 cm) tall was between a medium and a large.
I will have to review my initial stance as whether to take a Bike Friday Tikit around the world. I may end up using my Brompton after all… subject to my boyfriend’s final opinion (since I need to convince him more than I need to convince myself to go on this trip).
My requirements for a world touring folder are:
- ability to take panniers – carrying capacity of approximately 50-60L
- be able to roll when folded
- durability, low maintenance
- easy to fold in a minute
- travels well on a plane and/or a small tiny bus of a third world country
I bought my Brompton on the same day as my test ride back in 2009 on a summer day in Toronto from Curbside Cycles. It was a staggering price of $2000 with all the options I added on top of it. It was love on first sight. I admit that I am now hesitant on buying a Bike Friday after the test ride. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get it. You could say it’s a difference between a Mac and a PC. One is well engineered but doesn’t leave much room for those who like to tinker. The other has heaps of standardize parts and would love your personal touches on it.