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Old 09-17-12, 06:37 PM   #1
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Vintage (?) Bike Friday info request

Hi. Can anyone tell me anything about this bike from the pic/listing? The owner says he thinks it may be an older World Tourist, but the only markings he can find are Bike Friday, so he's basically just sure it's a Bike Friday. He also said it has "7 speed cassette on the dual drive, which replaces the front derailer w/ a low, mid and a high...so I think that's 21."

So that's all I know. I haven't seen it in person yet. Trying to figure out what exactly it is first: http://columbus.craigslist.org/bik/3252650439.html

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Get the serial number and call Bike Friday. Looks like an NWT.
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Thanks. I'll try to do that.
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Looks like a Bike Friday. The components sounds like a Bike Friday. From a quick glance, I don't think it's "vintage." What do you want to know without looking at it in person?

Indeed, Bike Friday keeps a record of every bike they produce. From the serial number you should be able to get the original specs.
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Looks like a NWT to me. I just bought one and the frame is identical. My understanding is that the frame configuration in front of the "drop out " connection to the seat post was changed at some point. The dual drive is a SRAM IGH alternative: http://www.sram.com/sram/urban/products/dualdrive-24 or BF doc: http://www.bikefriday.com/userfiles/...riveManual.pdf

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Yea Sachs-SRAM Hybrid hub .. Shimano's K cassette is the perfect touring gear-ratio set.

if there were a chain/cassette replacement ..

Get the main frame tube length measurement, that is the 'size'
unlike most folders , there is more than one. S;M;L.. or 1 of 8..
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Has some traits of wife's Pocket Crusoe - straight supports (vs. curved) between bottom of seat post and down tube, only two braze-ons (vs. 3) , and no trailer connector socket on bottom/rear of left chain stay.

(Crusoe is same frame as Pocket Rocket, but with 406 wheels instead of 451's. Also, it has a 190 lb weight limit.)

Check serial number through Bike Friday, as suggested. (Stolen bikes are a lot of time reported to Bike Friday, too.)

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Thanks everyone. I'll get the serial if I get to see it.

What I want is something to use as a part time commuter, that I can fold up and carry in a bag of some sort. From looking at the Bike Friday site, which confuses me a bit, it seems as though the NWT may not be what I'm looking for. I've read reviews, also, but really can't tell yet.
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Thanks everyone. I'll get the serial if I get to see it.

What I want is something to use as a part time commuter, that I can fold up and carry in a bag of some sort. From looking at the Bike Friday site, which confuses me a bit, it seems as though the NWT may not be what I'm looking for. I've read reviews, also, but really can't tell yet.
It'll work for that, but it's not the primary function for which it was designed. They do sell bags for carrying a folded NWT, but the package is much larger than something like a Brompton or Bike Friday's Tikit. And folding the NWT will generally take a minute or two as opposed to only a few seconds for those models.

The NWT design (and that of my 'Pocket Rocket') is to be a good-riding bike for longer rides and touring which can also be packed into a regular suitcase for travel (but that packing takes more like 15 - 30 minutes and is more involved than a simple fold). OTOH, I've found that it's also been handy to have for use on our local subway/rail system (BART) which prohibits regular bikes during commute hours. But folding bikes are allowed and on most parts of the system there isn't even any need to actually fold the bike - it just has to be capable of being folded.
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