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    Bike Friday Tikit - one finger roll...



    One finger roll?...of course!...
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    i wish my downtube nova had that ability. too bad that both wheels touch the ground when it's folded. you can only roll in one direction and you have to be under 5'3" or hunched over to do so

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    Oh, nice! I wish the NWT did that.

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    Oh, nice! I wish I could do that with my tikit. Of course, since I bought one of the earlier tikits with the underdesigned frame that BikeFriday sent out the jackleg fix for, I can hardly grip the roll-around handle at all.

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    Is this a new Tikit model? Did BF improved the Tikit 'rolability'?

    Looks very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamtsa View Post
    Is this a new Tikit model? Did BF improved the Tikit 'rolability'?

    Looks very impressive.
    The newer style handle on the Tikit in the video lets you roll it with one finger, but I use my full hand in day to day use....I just used one finger in the video to point out how little effort is required to roll it. Even with the old style hand the Tikit rolls as easily - you just can't do the one finger trick.

    The Tikit has been as easy to roll all along, but it takes some practice and trial and error to find the most efficient technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcs View Post
    Oh, nice! I wish I could do that with my tikit. Of course, since I bought one of the earlier tikits with the underdesigned frame that BikeFriday sent out the jackleg fix for, I can hardly grip the roll-around handle at all.

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    I've got a Tikit with the safety brace installed and it rolls great. I can't do the one finger trick, but I don't do that when I am rolling my Tikit around day to day. That was just a fun way to goof off for the video.

    If I use the grip shown below with my thumb around the safety brace I find I get better lateral control over the Tikit than the stock handle.

    I would also point out that an easy mod to the stock handle is gluing in a metal or wood extension to add more grip length...some folks are also removing the foam grip and using cloth tape because the prefer a smaller grip diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    I've got a Tikit with the safety brace ...
    'safety brace' sounds as a desired feature. In reality it is a recall retrofit.

    Good job BF!

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    Vik, as everyone can see in your two pictures of your older tikit with the Jackleg installed, either your index finger is only half as long as your other fingers or you can't begin to use the grip strength provided by your index finger in controlling the bike as you roll it. Also, as can be seen in your pictures, one can no longer get the grip up into the web between your thumb and index finger tight against the palm - once the Jackleg is installed the grip has to be held out in the fingers.

    Both of these issues significantly decrease the users ability to grip the roll-around handle firmly. This compromises rolling the folded tikit around. It's not that noticeable when merrily rolling a folded tikit around on a sidewalk for a few seconds, but can make a big difference at the end of a long roll at a transit stop, boarding a light rail car crowed with commuters.

    Extend the handle? Yep, and I'm puzzled as to why BikeFriday didn't send a handle extension out with the Jackleg repair kit, since the Jackleg compromises the original handle so significantly.

    Vik, as you've noted on your blog, the Jackleg reduces the resale value of a tikit by hundreds of dollars. To think, I could have bought a Brompton for about what I paid for the tikit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcs View Post
    Extend the handle? Yep, and I'm puzzled as to why BikeFriday didn't send a handle extension out with the Jackleg repair kit, since the Jackleg compromises the original handle so significantly.
    I turn over my bikes fairly often and if the brace was a big deal I'd get the seat mast replaced...or I'd pad the handle or add an extension. That bike gets used daily and I haven't bothered simply because the brace doesn't cause me an issue. If a bike bugs me or doesn't meet my needs it gets culled from the herd pretty fast...

    If you use your thumb around the brace you get more control over the Tikit than without the brace...

    Keeping in mind I have both styles of handle to compare back and forth...

    Obviously I can only speak for myself of course...

    Quote Originally Posted by tcs View Post
    Vik, as you've noted on your blog, the Jackleg reduces the resale value of a tikit by hundreds of dollars. To think, I could have bought a Brompton for about what I paid for the tikit.

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    Bike companies continually upgrade bikes and the older style bikes fetch less $$$ that's nothing new. I've had the opportunity to ride Bromptons extensively and I wouldn't trade my Tikit with brace for a Brompton. When I bought my first Tikit my friends who are Brompton dealers offered me a Brompton at wholesale and I bought a Tikit from Bike Friday instead. They recently offered me another Brompton at wholesale and I declined.
    Last edited by vik; 06-06-10 at 07:41 PM.
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    This is how I hold mine with the brace. I don't find it to be any harder than without the brace. I definitely don't feel like I've lost any grip strength.

    Thanks for the pics, Vic. Almost makes me want to get a new aardvark just to get some one finger roll action.

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