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Old 08-23-09, 01:55 PM   #1
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Coming 5-month Trip to Rome

I'll be in Rome, with the Tikit, until January 15. Will try to post some from there about various bike issues. Yes, I know Rome isn't the most bike friendly of cities -- though it's got a brand new long bike trail right along the Tiber.

Here's a start: I packed the Tikit in my lime green Samsonite F'lite 31". Getting the tikit into the case is pretty easy. Getting the tikit, plus bigger tires (Scorchers), fenders, rear rack, helmet, and various sundries is not so easy. Eventually figured out how to do it but it's a fairly tight fit. You have to remove the fenders AND the rear rack, and deflate the Scorchers to make room. The bike and stuff comes to about 47 pounds including the case.
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Old 08-23-09, 02:44 PM   #2
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a couple of questions:

are u biking by urself or with someone?

are u staying at hotel/hostel during ur whole trip? or u camping?

are u going to bike mostly in rome? or all of italy?
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Old 08-23-09, 03:06 PM   #3
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are u biking by urself or with someone?
Often alone, sometimes with my wife.

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are u staying at hotel/hostel during ur whole trip? or u camping?
We've rented an apartment in Rome, and have friends and relatives elsewhere in the country.

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are u going to bike mostly in rome? or all of italy?
Probably various places, though mostly Rome.
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u should try to bike near the french riviera if u get a chance. i wish i can join too. post some nice pix for ur whole trip.
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Old 08-23-09, 04:50 PM   #5
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Nice!
I have been there a couple of times. I have noticed an increasing number of Dahons.
BTW, if it might be useful, this is a link to an italian folding bike forum:
I am sure they speak English.
http://www.jobike.it/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=16
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I live in La Spezia and I have never seen a bike friday tikit, when you are in Italy you can cam in La Spezia o maeby I'll cam to Rome to see your tikit
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Quote "fenders, rear rack, helmet, and various sundries is not so easy. Eventually figured out how to do it but it's a fairly tight fit"

a "Stash" Folding helmets has worked well for me, so far.
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While in Cesenatico (a small Adriatic coast italian beach town), I came across the following folding bike. There are zillions of the standard crummy eastern european folders, but not like this one. It's labelled "b-fold" (not to be confused with bfold.com) and it appears that the silver bar and top connection of the rear triangle is meant to break away. Not positive. They don't slide up and down though. Tiny wheels, Dahon 16" or smaller.

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That b-fold is of the One Touch Picnica style.
The one touch picnica is a famous folding bike made by bridgestone. The patent expired 4 or 5 years ago. Now it is made by many companies, such as b-fold.
Very nice folder for local scooting. It costs 159 Euros at Decathlon.

In the Philippines they mod them:
Philippines - Folding Bike Collection
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try the appia antica

I used to live in Rome. My favorite local ride was up the gorgeous Appia Antica, the ancient Roman road that heads southeast of the city for about 15 miles, even going over the GRA. On this beautiful old road, you can still see the ruts in the road allegedly made by ancient roman carts. Also cars (except residents) are forbidden; bikes are welcome. There are many interesting monuments and archeological sites, including the famous Cecila Metella monument. (There is a nice cafe near there (where they rent bikes), and even a little deli, too, across the street from the cafe.) Also on or near this road are a couple interesting old catacombs. It's terrific. Nice and shady for the summer, too.

I used to ride on that road often on a mountain bike; I am not sure how the tikit would fare on the busted up old cobblestones. There are dirt paths that run parallel to much of the road, however.

You can get there easily with your folding bike on the regular city bus -- although I forgot which one it is-- that goes to the intersection of the Via Cecilia Metella and the Appia Antica. (That's where the cafe is, too.) Take a look!
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Old 08-29-09, 10:21 AM   #11
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I used to ride on that road often on a mountain bike; I am not sure how the tikit would fare on the busted up old cobblestones. There are dirt paths that run parallel to much of the road, however.
I had checked it out online a while back and same to a similar conclusion. We'll see.

Still in Cesenatico: while biking to Cervia and back (30 km total, to get some of its famous salt, not kidding) I passed by a bike shop with this week's unquestionably winning entry for Awesome Bike:

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(hint to those squinting at it -- the handlebars are rotated facing you).

Yes, it's a hand-built crank-forward with a sprung saddle, massive inverted bullhorn handlebars, and a tiny front wheel. Can't get much more awesome than that. I don't even know if that thing is rideable. I dub it the "farthing-penny".
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My commute

Yesterday I took the bus from my apartment in Trastevere to La Sapienza University. Yuck! Took way too long. Today I hopped on the tikit and biked over in about 20 minutes, not including the time spent, um, taking pictures.

So my commute went by some fairly boring stuff, to whit:

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Proof that the tikit really is in Rome

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You can't fool me, that's NewYork!
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