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Old 10-13-12, 08:46 PM   #1
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Need some buying advice FAST

I'm new to folding bikes and just found a Bike Friday on Craig's list that's in my price range. The bike is a few states away (shipping is only $25) so I won't get to test ride it before buying. The tube length on the bike is 48 cm. I'm 5' 7" and usually ride a 52 cm frame (top tube measurement). Should i bite on the bike? I'm assuming I can add a longer stem. Just wondering if I should hold out for something closer to the frame size I ride now? I'm planning on doing some urban bike touring in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver in a few weeks and wanted to pick up a decent bike before then, but didn't want to spend more than $300 and would like to get a bike I can resell if it turns out not to be ideal for me. Thanks for the help.
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$300 is a good deal on a Bike Friday.What model is it?
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Old 10-13-12, 09:23 PM   #3
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$300 is a good deal on a Bike Friday.What model is it?
it is a good deal!! The question is will the bike fit me so i can ride it. It is a mid 90's model according to the owner. it has 7 speeds. it's not a pocket llama or any of the newer models. it just says Bike Friday on it, that's all and it's red.
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I would go for it, I am 5'8" and bought a small Pocket Nomad and it fit me fine.
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when you say you bought a small Pocket Nomad do you mean the 52 cm frame that the Bike Friday website calls "small"? Because the website has XXS listed as the 48 cm size and that is the smallest size they make so I'm guessing they're targeting short women with that size, like say 5'2" or 5'3" which definitely isn't me. Again, just wondering how much I can modify the frame with a long stem on the handlebars. I don't know what size handlebar stem the frame has either, whether it's the 1.25" quill stem or a different size or what.
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There are 3 sizes of "stock" frames (52cm, 56cm & 60cm) and 8 sizes of custom frames, as you have mentioned. This sounds something like a Pocket Tourist, and a custom sized one at that.

My wife is 5'8" and has a 54cm Crusoe and a 56cm Pocket 8 - both work fine for her, but 48cm would not. Also, some of the earlier 7-spd, more basic bikes had a different stem riser set-up than todays BF's, and you can't just substitute a modern 110mm or 130mm stem for what's on there now. They use more like a quill stem. Also, frames seat post tube can vary in length on custom bikes, and my not support seat height you require.

May be hard to see in this pic, but it's the only one I could readily find. If you can get bike serial#, bike friday may be able to tell you exactly what model it is.
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Size on BF is Horizontal, the 2 mast heights can be changed, as they are bolt on parts..

Ala .. my 56 has a fairly short seat mast, but a portion of that is added to
by long-travel thud-buster seat post for top 6+ inches.
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Size on BF is Horizontal, the 2 mast heights can be changed, as they are bolt on parts..

Ala .. my 56 has a fairly short seat mast, but a portion of that is added to
by long-travel thud-buster seat post for top 6+ inches.
I think they shortened the mast 2" for our Thud-Busters, however, assuming it's a folding seat mast it won't be super-cheap to replace. 48cm frame is a bit tight for 5'7" rider , IMO. I have 60cm & 62cm bikes - fit me great, but wife's bikes are noticeably 'short' for me @ 6'3".

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with the bike not being a current model, it's hard to say what the mast is like on the bike. here is a link to the craig's list ad with the photo if that will help ID the bike.
http://columbus.craigslist.org/bik/3252650439.html
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Price is right but sounds like size is not. You could always resell it and get your money back if you can't get it to fit.
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with the bike not being a current model, it's hard to say what the mast is like on the bike. here is a link to the craig's list ad with the photo if that will help ID the bike.
http://columbus.craigslist.org/bik/3252650439.html
Pic helps a bit. It's a custom bike with a folding seat mast. It is also NOT an 8-spd - it has a Dual Drive (3-spd) Rear Hub, meaning if it has an 8-cog cassette, it's a 24-spd bike (3 x 8).

The Stem is hard to see (hidden behind the Mirror), but from the change-of-color line below mirror arm (from red below to black above) this would appear to be an old style BF stem riser that I don't think is compatible with modern stems.

Also, this is a very small frame!!! If you ordered a custom bike from Bike Friday, no way they would ever recommend this x-small frame size for you.

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Save-up your $ and buy a new, medium sized, Pocket Companion (16-spds) for $798. Per special pre-loved or demo on BF site right now.

Pocket Companion$798.00

SPECS FOR THIS MODEL
  • Frame size 56 cm (top tube)
  • SRAM Grip Shifters
  • 16 speeds
  • FSA Vero crankset
BEST USED FOR
  • Commute year round
  • Cruise the neighborhood
  • Always have your bike with you
  • Nice city bike







Doesn't have a folding set mast - it's just removable via quick release. Nice price!


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Travel Tip:

Fly into Eugene, pick-up the bike and take it on the Amtrak Cascades to Portland (approx. 120 miles).

http://www.amtrakcascades.com/Schedules.htm
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it is a good deal!! The question is will the bike fit me so i can ride it. It is a mid 90's model according to the owner. it has 7 speeds. it's not a pocket llama or any of the newer models. it just says Bike Friday on it, that's all and it's red.
Probably a New World Tourist with a Sachs 3 speed hub and 7 speeds making it 21 speeds. It may also come with a pair of Diacompe Bull Dog caliper brakes, also known as death brakes because riding down steep hills with some load won't stop you down like modern brakes do. A wife of a friend one mine died riding off the cliff. I also got killed riding up the sun road in Montana. You also need to watch the steering hinges as any wear and tear will make it feel really loose riding it. Seatpost hinge mast is thr older design; again watch out for wear and tear which is the weak point on those early 90s design.

Personally, spend the extra money for the modern version instead. It has a lot of improvements over the 90s design.
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...I also got killed riding up the sun road in Montana....
Typo? or are you some kind of Harry Houdini?
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Typo? or are you some kind of Harry Houdini?
Oopss; should be almost. But boy was it scary then.
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