A new Cycle Surgery Store has opened locally so I called in last Friday and had a look at the folders they had on display.
They had 3 Mezzos in various states of fold, different colours and gear options. They looked to be well made and folded into a neat package. I had a sit on one and it was quite comfortable. I didn’t like the quirky stem design though.
They also had 3 Bromptons in various states of fold. Initial impression was that these seemed quite light and obviously are a small size when folded, certainly a nice design classic….. but when I sat on one I knew strait away that this is not the bike for me!
I have not had chance to see a Bike Friday Tikit yet. I have tracked down several dealers and I am getting pretty much the same response from them…. “they are crap”, “have you seen how flimsy they are”, “I wouldn’t ride one myself and we are a dealer for BF” “BF Tikit, yes we have one here, I’m stood by it now and it is a pile of ****” “wouldn’t want to ride one down a kerb” “The BF reps are very pushy”.
Not exactly what I expected to hear. These comments where from four different individuals who where either shop owners or employees.
There is one other bike on my short list that I keep coming back to and admiring pictures on the internet…….
The Riese & Müller Birdy Speed in anthracite, now that is a stunning looking bike!