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    Replacement for a Bike Friday Tikit

    Once upon a time I had a Bike Friday Tikit that I loved, but was unfortunately stolen from my basement. I need a replacement now, and was wondering if there were anything comparable on the market, regarding folding speed and the Tikit's awesome ability to carry a shopping bag while rolling on its front wheel.

    I love Bike Friday, but even at the time I thought it was a very expensive bike to be buying and now it seems to be about $400-$500 more for the same hyperfold model.
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    was wondering if there were anything comparable on the market, regarding folding speed and the Tikit's awesome ability to carry a shopping bag while rolling on its front wheel.
    no. there is none like it .. keep an eye out on their Pre-Loved changing Inventory of refurbished trade ins.

    jeez , burgled it out of your basement inside your house ? somebody broke in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    no. there is none like it .. keep an eye out on their Pre-Loved changing Inventory of refurbished trade ins.

    jeez , burgled it out of your basement inside your house ? somebody broke in?
    Hmm seems like it was an inside job

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    no. there is none like it .. keep an eye out on their Pre-Loved changing Inventory of refurbished trade ins.

    jeez , burgled it out of your basement inside your house ? somebody broke in?
    Yeah, someone broke in. Sad, but what can you do?

    Thanks for the advice, too bad no one else is in the market so we'd have a wider number of options.

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    there are options, the fold in half DaHon types, and Brompton,


    But, all other companies only make 1 size bike. no SML..

    Their BTO list on choices, is extensive..
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    there are options, the fold in half DaHon types, and Brompton,
    But, all other companies only make 1 size bike.
    I've never seen any Dahon bikes that fold quickly like the Tikit or have the ability to be wheeled around while carrying my shopping.

    Brompton makes an awesomely small fold, but it's not a quick fold at all.

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    some little tweaks Brompfication - Hinge Clamp Set, Titanium

    spring behind the pac man piece and a little shorter leg on 1 side, + the longer bolt with a stop nut,

    so you only back it out So far . Id expect cuts down the time for that step .

    IDK if they disallow that for the fastest fold contest at the BWC..

    definitely wouldn't let the BiFri Hyprfolds in ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubark42 View Post
    I've never seen any Dahon bikes that fold quickly like the Tikit or have the ability to be wheeled around while carrying my shopping.

    Brompton makes an awesomely small fold, but it's not a quick fold at all.
    Well, I suppose "quick" is relative. Folding my Brompton takes about 15 seconds: 30 seconds tops if I'm lazy. And I've wheeled my Brompton around plenty while shopping.

    Of course, the Tikit is a different beast with different characteristics, so you might just have to get another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kubark42 View Post
    I've never seen any Dahon bikes that fold quickly like the Tikit or have the ability to be wheeled around while carrying my shopping.

    Brompton makes an awesomely small fold, but it's not a quick fold at all.
    World record for Brompton folding is less than 8s. For veterans under good conditions it's probably 10-15s like Oznation states.

    It may not be Tikit-fast, but then 99.9% of bikes aren't. A Tikit will never beat a Brompton in sheer usability either. So I think it's a good compromise.

    If you want all-round multi-modal convenience, Brompton.
    If you want fold-speed and ride quality, Tikit.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about the fold speed because that few seconds seldom makes much difference.

    Really a question of which makes you happiest at the end of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    Personally, I wouldn't worry about the fold speed because that few seconds seldom makes much difference.
    The thing is... those times when it does make a difference, it's a lifesaver.

    To the OP... I bought my Tikit used. Keep an eye on craigslist, ebay and the BF used site. You might also wish to join the the BF mailing list (Yak). I see various BF models for sale there sometimes.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalato View Post
    The thing is... those times when it does make a difference, it's a lifesaver.

    To the OP... I bought my Tikit used. Keep an eye on craigslist, ebay and the BF used site. You might also wish to join the the BF mailing list (Yak). I see various BF models for sale there sometimes.

    Good luck!
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    Well, I guess the same could be applied to the weight/size of a bike. The few times it does matter, it's a lifesaver. Like when you need to fit into a crowded subway, or carry it up a long flight of steps.

    Unless your 'lifesaver' comment is literal because you tend to fold your bike in the middle of the highway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubark42 View Post
    Once upon a time I had a Bike Friday Tikit that I loved, but was unfortunately stolen from my basement. I need a replacement now, and was wondering if there were anything comparable on the market, regarding folding speed and the Tikit's awesome ability to carry a shopping bag while rolling on its front wheel. .
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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    World record for Brompton folding is less than 8s. For veterans under good conditions it's probably 10-15s like Oznation states.

    It may not be Tikit-fast, but then 99.9% of bikes aren't. A Tikit will never beat a Brompton in sheer usability either. So I think it's a good compromise.

    If you want all-round multi-modal convenience, Brompton.
    If you want fold-speed and ride quality, Tikit.
    Curious that people go on about folding speed, when that's not really the tikit's strength. It's customizability. Here is how I'd describe it:

    If you need size over most other considerations (and that's not an uncommon need), Brompton.
    If you want fold speed, ride quality, customizability, and proper fit, get the tikit.

    On my tikit, I have used standard parts to upgrade and customize: my handlebars, grips, front stem, grip shifter, entire brake system, tires (to ones which until recently the B couldn't even fit), front chainring (53->60T), chainring guard, cranks, pedals, chain, cassette (8->9), hubs, bearings, rear derailleur (medium->short SRAM), kickstand, child trailer mount, computer and lights, seatmast, and seat.

    [If the above is true, apparently I normally fold my tikit at twice the speed of the world-record Brompton champion. :-) ]
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    Other than bragging rights, Please, describe where, in the course of a day , the fold, as fast as popping a balloon, is required..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Other than bragging rights, Please, describe where, in the course of a day , the fold, as fast as popping a balloon, is required..
    Running to catch a crowded subway train before the doors close.

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    I don't miss living like that..

    I could barely afford living on the surface of SF in the 80's, let alone hauling myself thru BART every morning..

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    I lived in Chicago when I first got the Tikit. It was there that I realized how awesome it is for this particular multi-modal use case.

    In between Chicago and San Francisco I lived in Salt Lake City. It was there that I realized that the Tikit, while a great bike, is just OK for a traditional bike commute (10 miles each way). The only real advantage it had there was that the bike fit neatly underneath my cubicle desk. And you don't need a super fast fold for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalato View Post
    To the OP... I bought my Tikit used. Keep an eye on craigslist, ebay and the BF used site. You might also wish to join the the BF mailing list (Yak). I see various BF models for sale there sometimes.
    I'd definitely keep my eyes open on the YAK. Because it's a listserv, it's very convenient.

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    My wife brought a Tikit with carbon belt last year. She loves it and would never consider a different bike. It is a bit pricey but those carbon belts are an incredibly smooth and quiet ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by wajg3 View Post
    My wife brought a Tikit with carbon belt last year. She loves it and would never consider a different bike. It is a bit pricey but those carbon belts are an incredibly smooth and quiet ride
    i've test-ridden three different configurations of Tikit in the past month. it's an excellent bicycle. i may even go so far as to say it is, overall, "best in class"....


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    Well, I just picked up a used tikit last night. 8-speed with a front derailer. I took it for a short spin but rear derailer needs some quick adjustments. I should have more to say soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    Well, I just picked up a used tikit last night..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Human_Amplifier View Post
    A relapse of folderitus


    The best part is that it was the boss's idea.

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