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    bike friday as your only bike?

    hey all....i'm considering getting a New World Tourist from bike friday...i've chosen my options and upgraded the parts to shimano 105 components instead of sora, custom color, etc., anyway, i got the estimate back and my brain is starting to hemmorage..

    i knew that it was going to be expensive but i'm suffering a little sticker shock but really love what the bike and the company is about....

    anyway, my question is, how many people use this as their one and only bike? would i be missing anything substantial? my forseen use is a daily commuter and also as a loaded tourer for 1 week tours.

    worth it? yay or nay?

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    I just did the same thing except went for Ultegra componants. The sticker shock is profound. However, I have communicated with a couple of Bike Friday owners. The good news is that they like their BF so much that they have got rid of their "big wheel" bikes. The bad news is now they own nultiple BFs.

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    For a long time, the Bike Friday was my own bike. And yes, the Ultegra upgrade just about made me pee my pants. But no regrets.

    However, I really love my other bikes. I have no intention of getting rid of them. I assign bikes for specific uses. My bike friday is for travel. My specialized is my beater. And my DeRosa is for my road riding when I'm at home. I'm happy on all three. I hope to race at some point too, and when I do, I'll be upgrading to another bike again (not a bike friday, though).

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    I met a boater at the marina where I'm at a couple years ago. He comes back regularly and travels all over the place in between. He has a Dura Ace equipped Bike Friday as his only bike and loves it. He sometimes does a 120 mile out and back course and thinks the BF is every bit as smooth as any high end regaulr bike.

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    thanks for the responses....my girlfriend has been questioning my sanity about ordering a toy-looking folding bike for almost 2k....but i do like well crafted things and don't mind supporting companies that have socially responsible goals...

    i guess the only way to figure it out is to order one and try it out looks like i'll be eating spaghetti for the nex 6 months to pay for the bike

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    There shouldn't be any in your response. You're getting a great bike AND you get to eat pasta for 6 months? I call that lucky!

    Congrats on your new bike. Post pics when you get it (though I'm sure you know that already!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcapekey
    thanks for the responses....my girlfriend has been questioning my sanity about ordering a toy-looking folding bike for almost 2k....but i do like well crafted things and don't mind supporting companies that have socially responsible goals...

    i guess the only way to figure it out is to order one and try it out looks like i'll be eating spaghetti for the nex 6 months to pay for the bike

    To put things in perspective, Sea-Doo's, Ski-Doo's ATV's etc run $10k, $20k even $30k+++... nevermind a Harley Davidson!

    Invest in the bike. $2k is NOTHING compared the those other "toys."
    Ultegra is nice kit and I'm not surprised folks are using a BF as their sole-means of cycle locomotion. Folders have come a long way since 1960's Peugeots!

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    xcapekey, I vote in the DEFINATLY "yea" column. For the purposes you listed that you're going to use it for, it'll be just fine....Oh and on spending the money on the upgrades, I understand the sticker shock, but it'll probably be worth it. I put campy chorus on my BF NWT. Not because I was intending to race the bike, but because I have chorus on all the other road bikes and tandem that I ride, and I'm used to it and it dosen't break!!..

    Enjoy the bike when you get it, and as Koffee said, post a picture here when you get it, so we can see it!!.

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    Hey, I was feeling a bit apprehensive about such a big purchase and then I remembered that, in the past, I have spent more money than that on chrome for a Harley.

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    My Bike Friday, a Pocket Gnu, is my only upright bicycle...if that counts! My other bike is a recumbent from Burley. (My fantasy bike is a BMW motorcycle...talk about sticker shock!!).

    I use, or rather will use, the 'bent for longer rides out on the open road...but not much else. If not for occasional numbness in the old fingertips, I wouldn't be riding a recumbent at all. The BF is quite a machine and much more fun to ride.

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    A Bike Friday as your only bike...? I would say that most long term Bike Friday owners would say YES!

    You are right though, that one is not enough. I own three Bike Fridays. I started with a Pocket Rocket in the spring of '97 and it became the only bike I really wanted to ride. After putting 7500 miles on the Pocket Rocket I bought an Air Friday in Dec. of '98 and now nothing else comes close to its ride quality. After 18,000 plus miles on it I would still not trade it for any other road bike.

    Then in 2001 I bought a Bike Friday Tandem Traveler XL to round out my stable. The only other one I would add at the moment would be the Air Lama and upgrade the tamdem to the "Air" version, but that is real money.

    Sometimes the Bike Fridays are stripped down as racers and sometimes I set them up with a rear rack, fenders and lights. Sometimes they spend time in the trunk of the car (never on a rack), out of sight and the weather, and travel with me on the plane. They do centuries, the mountains and even some woodland trails. Also sunshine and rain, summer and winter. I think you are getting the idea... the attached picture is along the Erie Cannal in very early March - around 40 and off and on rain. Not a bad way to spend a weekend while on a business trip.

    I do have one confession -- I'm also hooked on riding the velodrome (www.velodromeatbloomerpark.com) for which I have a 700c wheel fixed gear bike for racing. Bike Friday does make fixed gear bikes, though I don't think the others in the mass start races would approve of the 451 wheels.

    Back to your question... If I could only own one bicycle, with out a moments hesitation, I would happily select my Air Friday.

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    great...thanks for all the convincing been talking with one of their reps the last two weeks....going for a NWT in orange hopefully will order it this week so it will come in time for my bday in nov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcapekey
    thanks for the responses....my girlfriend has been questioning my sanity about ordering a toy-looking folding bike for almost 2k....but i do like well crafted things and don't mind supporting companies that have socially responsible goals...

    i guess the only way to figure it out is to order one and try it out looks like i'll be eating spaghetti for the nex 6 months to pay for the bike
    I still think you'll need a beater because there is no way I would leave a 2K folding bicycle attached to a bicycle rack or street pole. This is not a transportation cycle or even a commuter bicycle.

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    Dahon.Steve: you mention locking up a folder so I feel compelled to put in my 2cents.

    I don't own a bike lock and my folder never leaves my sight.

    The whole point of a folder to me is it CAN exist without a lock.
    I couldn't afford to replace a stolen bike so bringing it inside seemed like the perfect defense.

    I really love where the KHS can go. Concierges, bar-tenders, bus-drivers - all seem so awestruck they don't mind the folded bike under their care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by af895
    Dahon.Steve: you mention locking up a folder so I feel compelled to put in my 2cents.

    I don't own a bike lock and my folder never leaves my sight.

    The whole point of a folder to me is it CAN exist without a lock.
    I couldn't afford to replace a stolen bike so bringing it inside seemed like the perfect defense.

    I really love where the KHS can go. Concierges, bar-tenders, bus-drivers - all seem so awestruck they don't mind the folded bike under their care.
    I agree.

    My office did not allow me to take the folder inside the building so I had to leave it outside. I was lucky in that it wasn't attacked until it was parked by the train station.

    There are times when you will have to leave the bike outside if you intend to become a transportation cyclist. Some people will say, if they can't bring their folder inside, they won't enter the business. This is the beauty of a beater bike. It allows you the freedom to go anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
    I agree.

    My office did not allow me to take the folder inside the building so I had to leave it outside. I was lucky in that it wasn't attacked until it was parked by the train station.

    There are times when you will have to leave the bike outside if you intend to become a transportation cyclist. Some people will say, if they can't bring their folder inside, they won't enter the business. This is the beauty of a beater bike. It allows you the freedom to go anywhere.

    Not to belabour the point or be arguementative but...

    "The best deals you make are the ones you're prepared to walk away from."

    I haven't had a business push the issue (at all) - maybe being in Canada is a factor, I don't know.

    As for my office(s) - perhaps I've been lucky on that point too but I've yet to be hassled. I would, however, not hesitate to walk away from either if they wouldn't play ball. Life's too short and health is my priority, not dealing with little tin gods.

    I don't think it will ever come to that. At worst, perhaps putting the folded bike in a soft case (the small, folding cases that seem to come with a number of bikes these days) would likely satisfy any reasonable objections.

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    I'm definitely in the "yea" column, too. I've used my NWT for lots of touring (7 countries on 4 continents so far in the 5 years I've owned it), including touring in mountainous regions, as well as trips on unpaved rail-trails. I use it daily for commuting, too, though my commute is very short. I also use it for running errands. I like the way it handles more than my other bikes, especially in urban traffic. And I do lock it up.

    Although my BF is my newest bike. I have 3 older bikes that I virtually never ride. In fact, 2 of them are presently lent out to friends.

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    xcapekey, no problem, glad we could help..

    An orange NWT, EXCELLENT CHOICE!! AND COLOR TO!!...That's great, I'm sure you'll love riding it when you get it...I can't remember where you are located, but hopefully it won't be snowing or have snowed where you are in november, so you can ride it then!!

    Take care,
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    i'm in sunny so cal...long beach, more specifically....we only get three seasons....hot, warm and not so warm....

    anyone in the LBC have a BF i could try out? i'm buying sight unseen at this point...

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    Ahh excellent then xcapekey, you'll have no problem then riding!!..

    Speaking of that fact about "buying sight unseen" that's the way I bought mine also, but did you send them your measurments from your best fiting bike that you currently ride??..That's what I did with mine, I sent them my measurments from my best fiting bike I was riding at the time, and they made it to that..When I got it, it was perfect, rode brilliantly!!

    Take care,
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    i did send my measurements and told them to optimize it as they saw fit...i took the plunge today and put my money down for it....can't wait now suppose to get here before my bday in nov....just in time for a business trip so i can lug it along.

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    I just got back from Eugene. I went to pickup up my second BF. I took a tour of the factory. These bikes really are handmade. The frames are all made in the Eugene facility

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    If you are looking for a Bike Friday to demo/test ride -- there are lots of BF owners who would be happy to let you try their's out. The folks at BF have a list of people who are willing to do this. Ask them and they'll be able to put you in touch with someone in your area.

    To all... if you are in southeast Michigan I would be happy to have you see/ride 3 BFs I ride and I have a friend who would likely be happy to do the same with his BF triple. The BF community is very diverse group of riders in style and type of riding and generally love to talk about their special ride.

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    A Bike Friday could definitely get the job done as your only bike. As I mentioned in another thread, I recently completed a very hilly, intense ride called the "Blue Ridge Extreme" on my Bike Friday. I got some funny looks from a few people, but the BF performed flawlessly. It's not my only bike, but I chose it for the "Extreme" because it has the widest range of gearing and is the most comfortable bike I've got.
    Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.

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    Blackberry: sorry if I asked this already in another thread but what tires are you running on your BF? 406 or 451 wheel? Don't you love dropping folks on a folder?

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