I brought my tikit in over the weekend and pointed out the lack of drilling, and requested the owner of the shop to contact Bike Friday. Got the customary less-than-delighted-to-help attitude.
In comparing my bike to newer in-stock models, they still had at least one 2007 model that they thought was a newer one. I don't know if Bike Friday isn't being clear on what they're shipping or if something shady is going on. Can't say I like it, regardless.
I'll let folks know how it goes.
2007 ICE Trice T
2008 Brompton M6L
2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker
2008 IRO Mark V (Grip King pedals, Soma Sparrow handlebar, reverse brakes)
ok im a little confused by the slot versus hole thing.... where is this slot or hole? under the seat? on the handle bars? sorry im sort of a bike newb, so maybe im just not familiar with terminology. Other than the cable set i think it is a newer tikit. the handlebars are black, the locks for the seat post and handlebars are metal. I emailed bike friday, and they said they think they just accidentally shipped the old cable system out, and that they would be shipping a updated cable set to College Park Bikes tomorrow. Till then, the bike still works and is fun, so ill enjoy it until the cable arrives.
Also when the creaking happens, it only happens when pulling on th eright side of the handlebars. Since the clamp is on the left, I guess this would make sense. Anywho ill show it to the bike shop guys and maybe the newer cable will solve the issue.
I can also say I really wouldve enjoyed a internal gear hub today. I was riding up a *****in hill on the way back from volleyball and my chain popped off and jammed between bike frame and gearing. Had to stop pry it out and reattach it. Problem then was it was in the highest gear and I was on a steep hill, so somehow i had to gain enough momentum to pedal so i could change gears, i had to find a parking lot off the hill to get some flat ground to get to a lower gear. A hub would have solved that real nice.
that brings me to another question, is it a good idea to only fold the bike in the highest gear? could I have messed up chain tension by folding it in a wrong gear?
Im pretty sure College bikes didnt give me the tikit they had in stock. The one they did have was a medium prototype tikit. This one they had to order and assemble.
Vik, Just wanted to thank you for your awesome Blog, it helped me a ton when i was agonizing over a tikit vs MU SL. For the record College Park bikes seems to love the MU SL as they tried their hardest to steer me that way. Luckily i did my research and knew what i wanted. And can't say i regret it. Ironically i bought this thing for its intermodal capabilities, and now I dont even want to get on the metro, just want to bike everywhere
I prefer the easy release of the Seasons Tikit and won't be sad at all if my older Tikit loosens up a bit in this area. Have a look at the rear triangle and how it attaches to the mainframe. When you are riding the Tikit there is no way for the rear triangle to unlock without you actually lifting the seat and rotating it forward. Even if you did that you could still ride the bike by standing on the pedals.
It's a smart design and a seatpost that releases easily isn't a safety hazard or liability in any way. If there was a way to tune the release tension I set it to release easily.
1. One tongue is a part of the rear triangle - when you flip the rear wheel under this tongue passes over and locks onto a tiny post that is part of the main frame. This prevents the rear wheel/triangle from becoming loose...err flopping around when folded.
2. The second tongue is attached to the bottom of the seat post assembly - near the bottom bracket where the seat post pivots. It is curved so that it slides behind the first tongue. When you raise the seat post to towards the unfolded position this second tongue slides and lifts the first tongue off the post - unlocking the rear triangle.
As stated above by Feijai, on the older version the 1st tongue has a slot to catch the tiny post. The new version is just a round hole. It is also shorter. The issue with the older version is that over time it bends or can get knocked out of it's optimum angle.
ok so I think i have the right clamp, as it looks like a hole, but i took a pic anyway for clarification
Can you post a picture of the cables near the folding stem and near the rear triangle?
It looks like you have the newer style, and I can only see one cable.
yeah it seems to be the right cable. I think the confusion occurred for me because when i folded down the handlebars, I saw two cables connecting into the handlebars, so i assumed it was two and not one cable. But your right, it is a 3-4mm thick cable, and this just seems to be my own confusion. I still get a wierd creak noise every time i strain on the right side of the handlebars, but im guessing this is just part of the flex and play inherent in the tikit, and it doesnt seem to affect anything other than my confidence im not damaging something.
The weather today in DC is perfect for riding, high 60s and a good breeze.
That, my friend, is a 2008 Tikit hyperfold.