My new light touring rig: A Bike Friday Tikit! It's meant for weekenders - two or maybe three day credit-card trips.
My work moved to a town called Summit in October, next to a town called Mountainside, with lots of streets called High Street, Mountain Street, Valley Road, etc. A 3-speed IGH wasn't cutting it anymore! The Tikit is now my main commuting rig, but I wanted it to also be a light touring bike. My trusty Dahon Curve is now my snow bike.
- Heavy rider upgrade - it's rated for up to 260 pounds.
- Double chainring, 39/53 - I'd like to get a chainring protector, to keep from tearing up my pants when standing at a light.
- 8-speed SRAM cassette
- H-bars with bar-end shifters
- Brooks B-17
- Front and rear Bike Friday racks - the rear won't take panniers without heelstrike, which is why this is a light touring rig
- Tektro road caliper brakes
- Schwalbe Kojak tires, 16 x 1.25
Bike Friday just put a longer seatmast clip in the mail to me - the saddle presses on the chain next to the rear deraileur when folded.
Closeup of the seatmast clip.
TekTro R530 brakes over Schwalbe Kojaks. These treadless tires actually grip the road very well, and even do a good job in rain and, oddly, don't suck on very thin black ice! (I'm still using the Dahon with wide tires for any serious snow riding, though.)