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Old 11-13-05, 01:14 AM   #1
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Bike Friday Owners- are you happy with the fit?

Hi All,
Very close to spend $$$$ on a BF Air Friday. My concern is getting a good fit.

I want to get into the road scene/long distance triathlons with the Air Friday so I want a good fit. My only other bike is a cheap hybrid so not a good comparison

For those of you with a BF, did you find the standard fit and sizing sheet resulted in a good fit? I dont really have any other option other than to provide my measurements so would really appreciate people's real life experiences

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-05, 06:03 AM   #2
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I own two BFs and I'm very pleased with the fit. These bikes are truely custom. The frame is made to your measurements. BFs does not use one size frame with a seatpost and stem altered to fit you.

I had the pleasure of visiting the factory to pick up my latest BF. They do not stock any frames. Every bike is built according to the owners measurements...
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Old 11-13-05, 07:33 AM   #3
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My BF fits quite well. It's a fully suspended Pocket Gnu built up for touring and trail riding. I chose not to rely on numbers from my previous touring bike, instead using BF's sizing forms and a long talk with the sales rep.

If I understand correctly, a temporary *fitting* stem may be available for the higher-end road models. You ride with it for a while, making adjustments as you go, before sending it back...allowing the BF folks to build a truly custom stem based on your settings. You may want to look into that...not sure if it would work for an overseas customer.

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Old 11-13-05, 09:08 AM   #4
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i'm pretty happy with the ride so far...i'm planning to go into the LBS and have them help me better fit me....i have a NWT and it has an adjustable stem so it should give them some play with the fitting...hopefully it will feel even better after
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i'm pretty happy with the ride so far...i'm planning to go into the LBS and have them help me better fit me....i have a NWT and it has an adjustable stem so it should give them some play with the fitting...hopefully it will feel even better after
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I just bought a Pocket Crusoe and am very pleased wth the fit. I measured my own old bike, took fresh measurements of myself with the help of a friend, and also had a good talk with the BF rep about what I wanted and needed. On their website you can find out who their sales team is -- pick somebody who rides like you do and ask for that person.
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I used the standard sizing form for my New World Tourist, which arrived just over one week ago. The fit is absolutely perfect!
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Fit is perfect for me also. It's my most comfortable bike. Get your bike!

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Old 11-13-05, 01:37 PM   #9
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My NWT is the most comfortable bike that I've ever owned. Perfect fit. Bike Friday builds them to fit you and then gives you 30 days guarantee, so you can modify the fit if you want. How can you go wrong.
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Old 11-13-05, 11:28 PM   #10
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On their website you can find out who their sales team is -- pick somebody who rides like you do and ask for that person.

Now that is a great idea! Will do that- I know there is a couple of serious roadies there so will get their advice


Thank you all for your comments- certainly made me feel much more confortable about the fit issue!

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Old 11-14-05, 08:31 AM   #11
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bought mine second hand but with adjustable stem, I have achieved nearly the exact same position as on my "big" roadie. I can also bring the stem up a bit for touring if i want.
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Old 11-19-05, 09:30 PM   #12
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bought mine second hand but with adjustable stem, I have achieved nearly the exact same position as on my "big" roadie. I can also bring the stem up a bit for touring if i want.
Same here. The folks at BF sent me an adjustable stem so I could get the fit I wanted. Then I mailed their stem back and they sent me a custom stem.
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Yup another satisfied BF rider here.

I ride a NWT and was amazed at the fit.

I sent in dimensions of myself, both my road and mountain bicycles with a description of the type of riding I intended - commute and self supported touring. I have the adjustable stem as I wanted the adjustability option.

I've just ordered my second BF - a Fixed/Free single speed to use on oil/gas processing plants (powered vehicles require special permits in hazardous atmosphere areas). As most plants are flat I went single speed to avoid any complexity. Imagine a broken rear mech 1000kms from the nearest city...

My NWT ended up very closer to my Klein than my Moser in the key dimensions. However I can say the NWT is more comfortable.

I'd still take the measurements of your hybrid and add comments about what doesn't feel good with your current ride - neck strain, sore knees... It all helps.

Good luck!
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The fixed stem height on my first Friday, an NWT, was about 4 inches too high. Turned out somebody had made in mistake in reading a conversion chart or something. They shipped me a replacement stem, at no charge, of course, after which the fit was great. My second Friday, a Crusoe, was fine from the beginning. Mistakes can happen, but BF is good about making them right if they do.
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I sized my BF off of the bike I usually ride in races. The fit and feel are so good that it looks like I'll be selling the Masi...it's now redundant in my fleet.
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I have two fridays, a New World Tourist adn a Pocket Tourist. They fit me great and Im hard to fit due to some old wounds from vietnam. I am also a bike cop and my fridays fit me better than my trek I ride at work
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Man those are some impressive endorsements and experiences. Not to hi-jack or pollute this thread overly much, but since there are quite some BF owners monitering this thread i wanted to ask something unrelated..

Any of you know why BF does not incorporate a hinge on the main tube or at least offer the option.. It seems that is the only thing which makes it less suitable for multi mode commuting and i think it a pity. A good hinge (like Dahon's or Halfway's) need not have a bad effect on performance or stifness does it?
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I bought a Bike Friday SatRday, the recumbent folder from BF as a pre-owned. Theya sked my measurements and decided that the boom needed to be shortened. I just received it last week, and am pleased to say they were spot-on. Its comfortable and leaves room for adjustment.
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Great service that, not too many manufacturers out there that will rebuilt their product for a person that is buying it preowned. Nice one.
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Bought my Pocket Carusoe used last year. It feels great for everyday riding (up to about 40 miles), but its not set up for a long haul. I love riding it in New York City because it is so nimble.
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