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Old 05-21-12, 09:30 AM   #26
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Chain minder is a common part, available in shops, I have one on all my triples
and on my single ring pocket llama, it keeps the chain on from the inside

the chain/trouser-guard disc takes care of the outside..

look into BF's folding racks, they let you use regular rear panniers.
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As it lacks a seat tube near the chainring, and the leaf spring paddle assembly causes additional challenges, a chain minder is essentially impossible to install on a tikit.

The tikit's gear train for me has been very reliable with two exceptional events. First, I chipped a tooth on my chainring and for some time the bike would occasionally throw the chain off. Filing the tooth down solved the problem. Second, I upgraded to a 60T without a guard, and that was a mistake. A guard is absolutely essential for preventing the chain from throwing both to the inside *and* to the outside. Chains often throw -- in both directions -- because lateral force on them builds up vibration which shakes them off the teeth. A chain guard on one side serves to dampen that vibration.

Still you get occasional drops like on any bike. I've found that moving the chainring to the outside, and adding the chain guard to the outside of *that*, straightens the chainline considerably and reduces a lot of drops: plus it makes it MUCH easier to reseat the chain. Even on my big 60T, drops happen for me maybe twice a year now? Mostly from jumping off a curb or whatnot.

And the tikit almost NEVER throws its chain on folding: it's a unified triangle design unlike other BF bikes (and Bromptons and Mezzos) and this makes a huge difference. Rare counterexample.

To use full-size panniers, you need the "folding" tikit rear rack, full stop. The "standard" rack won't fit regular panniers, and even if it did, you'd get tons of heel strike.

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Vik, I'm getting very close to replacing my Dahon with...the Tikit most likely, this year. Yours seems to have the basic gear train. Has it been reliable? Chain falling off when folding? Do you have any experience with the BF's rear rack for full-size panniers? That's why I would have to get.


I find the 8spd drivetrain totally adequate for my needs. I can climb steepish hills and I can pedal up into the 30kph range. I don't need anything more than that. We are in year 4 of my Tikit career and I have now replaced the chain/cassette/ring. I could have been a more attentive owner and just replaced the chain, but I didn't pay attention so I wore out the cassette/rig - my bad!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vikappr...7623911494876/

My chain has fallen off 2-3 times over the years on a severe bump while riding. I don't hesitate to fly off a curb or jump up them.

It never falls off when folding.



The Tikit can handle full size panniers front and back. I have a prototype rear touring rack that works well. I had a look at the current production version which looks even slicker.

http://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/20...g-rack-review/

I gave my GF a Dahon Speed D7 and she's been on me to get her a Tikit ever since the first time we folded our bikes at a store. We are waiting until we have some $$$ available for another bike, but eventually she'll be riding a pink hyperfold Tikit. We'll go with the basic 8speed drivetrain for best bang for the $$.

Good luck with your Tikit purchase. It has been one of the most fun and useful bikes I have ever owned and earned a place in the "never sell" part my bike fleet.
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Old 05-22-12, 01:46 PM   #29
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Your bike looks great. Unfortunately, now I'm tempted to get my NWT repainted when I send it in for an overhaul this winter. I'm tired of the black, too...

I wonder if they could powercoat the rack?
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Your bike looks great. Unfortunately, now I'm tempted to get my NWT repainted when I send it in for an overhaul this winter. I'm tired of the black, too...

I wonder if they could powercoat the rack?
It shouldn't be any trouble to powdercoat the rack while they are doing your NWT's frame. The repaint is well worth it. I have since had two other frames powdercoated to give them a refresh.
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Some shots of the PR rack in action...

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I really like your Bike Friday, it will be my next bike, considering Pocket Llama
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I really like your Bike Friday, it will be my next bike, considering Pocket Llama
You'll enjoy the PL. I have a NWT which is quite similar to the PL.

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Been on my PL all winter, disk brakes option.. their front pannier rack.

Dry Ortlieb front bags paired together..
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I'm trying to get motivated to find someone local who will weld on the bracket I need to mount my Ortlieb QR front bag. Sadly it will require the rack to be stripped and re-powdercoated. It's a total PITA, but the results will be well worth it.
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