pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
We have a Bike Friday Tandem Traveler XL, as well as a Burley Duet. The Bike Friday is really a good bike. The handling is a little quicker because of the smaller wheels. It takes a ride or two to get used to it, but after that it isn't an issue. It accelerates quicker because of the smaller wheels.
It is not as stiff as the Burley, but, its stiff enough. We bought the Bike Friday so my then 7 year old daughter and I could ride it together. It works very well for that purpose, and we've done MS150 rides with it.
My wife and I have also used it to travel with. With 2 adults, the flex is more noticeable, but not to the point that it's unacceptable. (our team wieght is 350 lbs) Now that my daughter is big enough to fit on the Burley, we're going to get rid of the Bike Friday because we prefer to ride the Burley, mostly because it is stiffer.
If you want a bike, that is almost infinitey adjustable for different sized riders, and will pack in 2 small cases to travel, the Bike Friday is a reasonable choice. However in my opinion, its overall performance is a little below a good regular tandem.
Bike Friday also makes a model now that converts from a tandem to a single bike. I wish that would have been available when we bought ours, so that I had a single bike to travel with as well as the tandem.