Bike Friday - Custom folding and travel bicycles hand-crafted in Oregon
If you like to ride bikes, you can't beat a Bike Friday. The step through frame makes it really easy to use the bike. It rides so well that I actually prefer it to either of my full size bikes. I wouldn't hesitate to take mine on a 100 mile ride if I was in shape to do it. They make a bunch of different variations from Greg LeMond wantabe racing
type to a mountain bike.
I've got a New World Tourist (NWT) with 27 speed gearing. Feel it's the best compromise for riding ease with the ability to handle poor road conditions with the ability to make time in good condtions. With front and rear racks and panniers it can be set up for serious touring or carrying a shopping
cart full of provisions back to the boat. It packs into a suitcase so it can be taken as luggage on an airline and not have to pay the outrageous fee they charge for a full sized bicycle. The suitcase can be made into a trailer for carrying some really large bulky items or travel from the airport
. No more rental car bills or taxi fares.
Even though it folds, it rides like a full sized bike and the touring gearing means there is a gear
for almost any conditions, even my not so great condition. I store the bike in the suitcase for passages. At anchor
, Keep it folded in a bag to transport back and forth in the dinghy
or store on deck
The bike is a quick fold into the canvas
bag. Just pop off the frontwheel, fold the seatpost and you've got a package you can sling over your shoulder or easily stow in the dinghy
. It takes a bit of time to break it down to fit in the suitcase. If you want a quick folder, they make a bike called the Tikit that is designed as a commuter bike for instant folding and carrying on public transport.
is not cheap
but bike has more than paid for itself in a couple of years of long distance commuter boat ownership
and a sail to Hawaii
in savings in rental cars.