Bike Friday


Flying by Christina LapchynskiMy lovely wife, Christina Lapchynski, has been an artist since she was a little kid. She recently decided to go to school to study. One of her classes, on 3-D design, has been challenging her to try new media. Her unique vision continues to shine through despite this difficulty, as you can see in this work, “Flying” which is a static sculpture that has a moving element (the front wheel). In this sense, it not only implies motion but has motion. Please check out (and comment on!) her other works on her new blog, “arousing the inner child.”

As an aside, we went to a show of Kenneth O’Connell‘s work at DIVA recently. Christina was really excited about this because they both work with Copic markers. When we were there, we bumped into ex-customer service guy Hugh Larkin & his wife Sandy (who has some great art herself). Turns out they took one of Ken’s classes on a trip to Italy. Small world! Ken’s stuff is INCREDIBLE, by the way. He takes sketching and elevates it to a whole new level.

Bike Friday Bantam
It’s time to make my daughter a new bike, so I offer this Bike Friday Bantam with 20″ wheels for $975. A new bike like this is worth about $1600 and it’s not seen a ton of use, so it’s a darn good deal for the short-statured, young or old. (more…)

Hard to believe, but I still have more random parts for sale! This should be the last of it and a lot more than the last couple posts. (more…)

So continues the aforementioned garage sale… (more…)

Small used Pocket Metro 7 speed

No kidding, folks. I am offering a barely used seven speed Bike Friday Pocket Metro in size small for a mere $450. (more…)

One thing that’s great about working in the bike industry is access to bike parts. This is especially true at Bike Friday, or any custom manufacturer, for that matter. The only thing that is not so great is all the left overs you end up with.

Thus, this begins a series of posts of stuff for sale in order to clean out the garage. Here’s the rules: Everything is as is. Assume used unless otherwise noted. I can ship to wherever, but the cost is not included. Payment by PayPal, check, money order, or cash. Contact me here. Happy shopping! (more…)

DEMO belt drive tikit
Belt drive tikit in the urban jungle
Silent, clean drivetrain
I can’t say we’re ready to sell these yet, but we’re close: the long anticipated belt drive tikit. Using the Gates Carbon Belt Drive leaves us a bit limited on gearing so we are inclined to wait until later in the year when the Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub comes out before release.

So the one you’ll see in and around the Gates booth (thanks, Jeff Linder, for delivering it!) at Interbike (now you’re going, right?) has a normal old 8 speed Alfine. I would still buy it, though. There aren’t going to be any road races on it, but it was a usable flatland gear on the high end. So plenty of low :)

Another stumbling block for us on the belt drive is how stiff to make the frame so that flex doesn’t result in belt slippage. So we increased the chainstays from 1/2″ to 5/8″ and brought the chainstay bridge closer to the rear wheel for better triangulation. If anything, it’s overbuilt.

Missing clip braceClamp on latch pinImproved stand and seat latch
Other interesting frame features include some ideas that Rob English has been kicking around. One is the lack of a clip brace (between the rear end and the back of the main frame). Another is the integration of the stand into the seatmast latch. Both of these are for simplicity’s sake, but the former one makes for better function and easier repair of the rear end latch: a clamp on pin. There is also something going on with the latch pins to simplify things, too, which will provide more clearance.

Split seatstay
Then there is the cool split seatstay Rob came up with to deal with split seat stays. Because, as I told Juan Díaz Díaz, a regular on the Bike Friday IRC channel, elevated chainstays are so late 80s ;)

Civia Colfax 25 degree bend bars
Did I mention these bars? I think I found the first flat bars I like. I am stoked about that! They are Civia Colfax 25° bend multiposition bars. All the clearance and compatibility of a flat bar but so much more wrist friendly.

And am I stoked about the bike! I, for one, plan on pushing hard to release it with the 8 speed. All of us were surprised that the gearing really wasn’t that bad after all. But if you want to be on the list for the official release, get in touch.

Oh and we’re looking for good names. I like Traffic tikit. In typical Bike Friday fashion, it’s a play on words. The Season tikit is a great commuter but this is the übercommuter and in that sense, it really conquers the traffic. What do you think?

UPDATE 15 February 2011: As I’m sure you all know, it’s out now. We opted to give it a relatively lame name, in my opinion, but at least it tells you what it is: Carbon Drive tikit. At the time of writing (yes, I realize this differs from the link above), the 11 speed is $3175 and the 8 speed is $2595. Please note that the use of Phil Wood belt drive cogs allows us to get reasonable gearing with the 8 speed. You also might note the special offer on a Phil Wood hub upgrade..

Josh Mitchell's fixed FridayI am pleased to announce that we are now able to offer the Sturmey Archer S3X three speed fixed gear hub. It is available on any Bike Friday, but the Pocket bikes (not the tikit or the Air bikes) will require removing the chain to fold as all models will come with adjustable vertical dropouts. It is operated by a propietary bar end control, though an old style thumb shifter mount is available. Cogs get down to 12 teeth. Direct drive is the highest gear so calculate gearing from your given cogs and then 2nd will be 75% of that and 3rd is 62.5% of direct. Also possible is the installation of a freewheel on the threaded cassette body but why would you do that? :) À la carte, price is $249 for the kit and a tikit with it on would run about $1498.

Is it worth it? Heck yes. I had one before it was stolen and loved it. It seems like an oxymoron but in practice it really extends the possibilities of a fixie. You do have to hesitate, even under the slighest of loads to get it to shift and there is no brifter (like the Versa for Nexus), and there is no disc brake option, but these are minor quibbles. You can now have all the advantages of a fixed gear without sacrificing your knees. That’s a GOOD THING.

Get in touch if you want to order one up.

Ever since I got a Prism kite as a gift, the easily foldable/packable Stowaway Diamond, I have been absolutely in love with kites. On a recent trip to the Northern California Coast, home to the world’s oldest trees (the Redwoods, silly!), I even rushed to save my kite from the ocean as if I was trying to save my daughter from drowning. I guess that’s what I get for letting someone else fly it!

Anyways, I always enjoy when my client’s interests (outside of bikes) intersect with mine. Such is the case with the well-travelled cycletourist Jan Houtermans aka kiteplayer. He just happens to like kites, too. While browsing through his galleries, I found a glorious picture of a cyclist AS a kite, which was even more coincidental. Jan told me that he was not only a French professor of math and physics, but was well known for his remarkable kite making abilities. And does he deserve it. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:


Any other kite flying cyclists out there? What’s your favourite?

The tikit, in all its glorious quick-folding ability, is a relatively new thing. It was mainly inspired by customer requests for a quicker fold. However, the tikit is not without its caveats. For example, at present, there’s no way to put rear panniers on the bike (though we are still working on a folding rack). There are other limitations with regards to which components you can put on the bike. A good example: no triple chainring will ever fit. And then there’s the people that just don’t like 16″ wheels.

It’s a great bike (I love mine!) but the other bikes have not become irrelevant because of it. I, for one, would much sooner pick up my Pocket Llama than I would the tikit for fully loaded or expedition touring. Certainly any mountain biking. I would probably be more inclined to use the Llama for more competitive riding, as well, though a tikit can perform well.

The only thing that darn Llama is lacking is the quick fold ability which makes it the bike I, inevitably, pick up the least when it comes to fitting it in a car, bus, train, etc. etc. Suitcase travels are one thing, as both bikes are essentially the same, but certainly not folding.

If you’re in the same boat as me, there is now a solution: a retro-fittable folding stem somewhat like the tikit’s for any Bike Friday with an 1.25″ headset and handlebars that will do well with either an ahead or a quill stem (see our chart here). $160 will get you the goods on any pre-existing bike. I should also add that any custom bikes from here on out can have the stem installed at the time of building.

P.S., yes I am alive! I have plenty to put up here but time has been lacking lately. Soon.. One thing I will say is that we are still working on the e-tikit as well as the folding rack aforementioned. There may be some other new things looming in the horizon, but it depends more on parts manufacturers than us. More as it comes.

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