I was in Eugene last weekend for my high school reunion and decided to go check out Bike Friday.
I have been looking for a new bike. I gave up biking a few years after I moved to Portland, which is the opposite of most people here! When Laddy came along and got a bit older, I started thinking back to when I was child. Every Sunday morning in the summer my dad would make a breakfast for us (usually waffles), and then the whole family would saddle up and go for a ride along the many bike trails in Eugene. I wanted to do the same with my kid.
With camping in such a small trailer, and not having a space to put the bike (other than the roof of the car or in the trailer), I decided inside the trailer would be the best place and started my search for the right folding bike.
On top of needing something that folds, I also needed something where I sit more upright (I have tendinitis/bursitis in my shoulder), can handle not only paved city streets but gravel and hard dirt roads, and fit my body. Looking at the bikes in the stores, I was finding bikes that ticked some of the boxes, but not all of them.
My mom reminded me of Bike Friday. I had seen them in my search, but being custom built, it pushed the price higher. I took a couple for a ride and fell in love. They gave me a factory tour to show me where they build the bikes and how, answered all of my questions, and were just the nicest people. We put together the perfect bike for my current needs. As I am asking for this as my gift for the next 6-7 birthday and christmas gifts, I brought the specs home and all of the contact info so my husband can ‘surprise’ me with my new midnightblue New World Tourist with lime green cables.
The New World Tourist…the one I hope to own one day!
My mom, who came along to just check things out, actually bought a bike that day, and it has been put in the que. She ended up finding her perfect bike in the Tikit. The Tikit folds smaller than the New World Tourist, and is a commuter bike, but it is an absolute kick to ride. It will be great for everything she needs it to do.
If you are in the market for a folding bike, I highly recommend checking them out. They have bikes starting at $995, and they go up from there. They also do tandem bikes, and family bikes, and all of them fit in a suit case. Completely amzing! These people really know what they are doing.
Other things to know: there are dealers who sell these bikes as well. There are standard setups the bike shop will order and they are shipped all over the world. The currently lead time to have a bike built is from 4-6 weeks. There are 4 colors that are “free”, and several other colors that cost extra (it all has to do with how easy the paint goes on, and in how many layers). Many of the bikes do not come with pedals or saddles, so you will have to figure out what you would like to add there.
If you are in Eugene, Oregon, stop by their shop and check them out. You won’t be sorry you did (or maybe you will be, but you will be walking out with something that you will be happy with!)!