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Bike Friday folding bike(10 posts)

Bike Friday folding bikebikerbob
Oct 27, 2003 12:28 PM
Anyone out there have one of these. I've been at their web site, and they sure look cool. I'd appreciate any feedback as I'm going to New Zealand sometime this winter and like the options the bike friday presents. I'm looking at the Pocket Rocket Pro, or the Henri Richard for you hockey fans.

One guy said that his was flexier than his normal bike...Lon Norder
Oct 27, 2003 12:49 PM
That's not necessarily bad. I saw several at Paris-Brest-Paris, so people are doing hardcore rides on them.
Have the pocket rocket pro, it's a nice bikePeterRider
Oct 27, 2003 2:33 PM
Expensive, but nice. I'll take it to France when I go see family for Christmas.

Personally I would really like if they could make a carbon bike :-)

It flexes a bit more than a "regular bike" (have the trek 5200) - maybe the guy mentioned above is me. But much less than the Air friday model. The guy in this picture:
did several 1200km brevets on his. I was drafting a while behind him, and the seat was going up and down about 5cm, no joking. Would make me sea-sick.

Sometimes you can find one on ebay, I got mine by posting on rec.bicycle.marketplace (exact name ??)

Not you. Someone on the Grizzly Century. nmLon Norder
Oct 27, 2003 3:43 PM
re: Bike Friday for saleRona
Oct 27, 2003 3:08 PM
Hi Bob,

I have one that I'll sell, haven't posetd it yet. Not using it so someone may as well get good use out of it.. Set up to fit like a 55 cm top tube but you can just change out the stem to vary the cockpit length. Have another stem that makes the bike fit like a 57cm. If interested, contact me offline: and I'll give you details.
I've had tworamboorider
Oct 27, 2003 3:59 PM
A pocket rocket and a New World Tourist. They're very nice for what they are. I never felt like it rode like "my favorite full size bike", which their ads claim, but it's a damn good travel bike and rides very well (unlike some other folders which are great for folding but not so great for riding). The little wheels result in a fairly quick handling bike, though, and I like stable handling so I never warmed up to them that much. Lots of people do some real hardcore riding on them though, so it'd definitely worth a shot to see if you like it. A real breeze to pack and unpack.

Ritchey "Breakaway"merckxman
Oct 27, 2003 8:20 PM
Are you aware of this new model? (
They advertise "The travel bag is currently within airline regulations for standard, checked luggage ...", HOWEVER someone pointed this out: "Note that the Ritchey bike case is NOT airline compliant for US domestic flights. It measures 9 x 26 x 29" and most airlines (if not all) have a maximum case size of length + width + height of 62". You may get away with it on occasion, but you are likely to end up paying $80 oversize charges or "bike" charges. The hard-sided S&S cases are 26 x 26 x 10" which just meets the 62" restriction.
I sold mine earlier this year...stephenb
Oct 27, 2003 9:28 PM
I agree with above, they're not 'just like your other bike' all boils down to the wheel size. 20 inch wheels are hard on tires and more sensitive to road hazards. In 1998 I rode my Bike Friday from Land's End to John O'Groats. After I returned home I never rode it again.
It lacked the comfort or handling of any of my normal bikes. Also cramming the frame and all the accessories into the case is a bit hard on the finish.
Perhaps the smaller sized Fridays ( I rode a 61cm equivalent) ride a little better.
One thing I did miss was a top tube. I never realized how often I rested my bike on my inner thigh. I must of dropped my bike 5 or 6 times because of that.
All things considered it's a nice product with limited appeal. I think it's most suited to the smaller size frames for shorter distance rides.
How about...Tmw
Oct 28, 2003 12:57 AM
What about one of these? They look really nice and have bigger wheels.
re: Bike Friday folding biketarwheel
Oct 28, 2003 5:16 AM
My brother has a Bike Friday, his second one. He travels a lot in his job, so it's a good way for him to get some rides in during the weekdays. I don't think he would ever ride the BF if he had his regular bike to use, but it's great for traveling. No extra charges at the airport and easy to transport. It takes him about 15-30 minutes to pack or unpack it. The only problem he has had was the headset kept working loose on his first BF, but I don't think that has been a problem with his second one. Another nice travel bike to check out is the Moulton (not sure if that spelling is right). It's more expensive than BF, but lighter and better looking (in my opinion). One of my local bike shops carries them and they are quality bikes.