Bike Friday 2001 New World Tourist Older Folding Bike

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[May 28, 2007]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Trailer system is a convenient way to transport the suitcase after traveling. However, suitcase sticks way out asymmetrically and makes it hard to ride straight and safe on roads or bike paths.

Weakness:

Too many to list. Primary ones are that it's hugely overpriced and poor quality. They used to have a money back guaranty. They no longer do. I think it's obvious why.

Don't buy the Bike Friday New World Tourist if you want a high quality folding bike or a reliable touring bike. I had heard great things about this bike but I was let down repeatedly.

FRAME: Creaky and flexy.
FOLD: Greasy, since the stem pulls out to fold covered with grease. Very inconvenient when commuting. Every time I ever folded it it messed up the shifting, braking or both. Nothing holds bike together once folded, which is inconvenient.
HINGE: The weakest point in the set up. It's a standard quick release and impossible to get tight enough to feel safe and solid. If you tighten it too much it bends the drops into which it fits.
PACKING FOR TRAVEL: Takes forever. Always arrived with some sort of damage or serious adjustment problem due to fiddly build quality.

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Dahon: high end models (Speed Pro and Speed TR) are MUCH better than Bike Friday at a fraction of the price.

[May 07, 2005]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A great bike that packs.

Weakness:

Not the best coice if you need something that folds quickly and compactly...the Dahons and Bromptons are better for this. But you wouldn't want to take those on a century.

Do you remember the movie "Breaking Away"? There's a scene where the biker/lead's mom shows him her passport. She's not going anywhere, but she's got her passport so she's ready to go whenever the opportunity arises. A Bike Friday is something like that. If you have one, you're ready to go. This is a folding bike that rides like a real bike but packs into a suitcase. It's nimble in traffic, climbs wonderfully, and is rock-steady on a 45mph descent. It's all steel, so you could probably get it fixed anywhere, but so bomb-proof that you won't have to. Weight is a little more than a comparable big-wheeled bike, but you get a great bike that does things other bikes can't do. These are mostly custom bikes. The folks at Bike Friday can fit pretty much anyone, and their service is outstanding. Mine is actualy a '99 NWT. My wife has a Pocket Nomad. Dunno why RBR doesn't list current models, but I figure folks would like to know about these cool bikes.

[Oct 22, 2001]
Stanton
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Rides and handles much like a "real" bike. Airlines don''t even know it is a bike. Fits easily in car trunk. Quick folds in about two minutes. Factory support is SUPERB. They really want you to be happy with the bike, nad will do what it takes to achieve that.

Weakness:

Perhaps one or two pounds heavier than a non-folder of the same price. Handling is very quick, so takes a few miles to get used to it. Cable housings get bent every time you fold it, so I expect they''ll need more maintenance than on a non-folder, though I haven''t seen that yet.

This review really apples to my 2000 model, but the 2001''s are similar. Very nice bike. The small wheels look funny, but when you stop looking down at the bike, it is just a nice bicycle. I can fit two of these plus luggage in the trunk of our Accord; have flown with them to Vermont. The only folder I know of that works like a real bike; I''ve done quite a few century rides on mine, plus a multi-day tour. Kent Peterson has done two Paris-Brest-Paris rides on his!

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