Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bike Friday

Many have lamented the decline of American bike manufacturing, as most production frame builders have moved work to Taiwan or mainland China in the past 2 decades. Now most custom USA built frames will cost over $1000. Folding bikes or frames designed for traveling can cost even more. But it is still possible to get an affordable American-built frame on a Bike for the Rest of Us.

Bike Friday has been building frames for small-wheeled, foldable bikes in Eugene, Oregon for the past 22 years, and have gathered something of a following for their unique, customizable designs. Although most of the models do not fold as quickly and compactly as a Brompton folding bike, they are all designed to fit in a standard-sized suitcase for plane or train travel. A high-end Bike Friday with expensive components will cost $2000 or more, but they now offer an entry-level model with the same type of frame, hand-made in Oregon, matched with affordable parts (and an 8-speed rear derailleur), for as little as $798

They will add fenders, a kickstand, bell, and rear rack for a nearly complete 8-speed Bike for the Rest of Us priced at $920.95: the Pocket Companion (above)
They also will build you a "New World Tourist Nexus 8" with the premium "red-stripe" 8-speed Shimano nexus internal gear hub and rollerbrakes, Schwalbe Marathon tires, rear rack, fenders, kickstand, bell, water bottle, and a high-end front dynamo hub for about $1700 (not including the price of lights). The bike pictures has the Nuvinci hub instead:

And at the high end there is always the Infinity Drive Silk, with a Nuvinci continuously variable internal hub, Gates carbon belt drive, front and rear racks, and optional dynamo lighting for $2700.

Bike Friday makes it very easy to customize each of their models, or design a completely unique bike for people with special needs, so all of their models could be shipped to your door with a full complement of fenders, kickstand, dynamo lights, racks and bell, if desired. The Pocket Companion is cheaper due to using standard parts.

Here is the Silk 8sp (slct) with a Shimano Alfine hub and full dynamo lighting system:

They just unveiled a new "long-tail" cargo bike model, stay tuned for more about this.

Pocket Companion basic specifications:
2A MAIN FRAME:04 New 2014 Poc Companion EP 1 1/8, 1.75 (to 220lbs)
2B FORK:40 Companion /OSATA/HaD "V" Black 20"- 406-1 1/8
2C REAR END:1.5 Pocket Companion - 2013-14 left fold 406V
2D SEATMAST:01.21 EasyPack mast 1.25 X .055 (4130) x 13" Black
2E STEM /BF MADE:BF 25.4 Adj Riser & clamp Black- Companion/OSATA quill/ahead
BARS:MTB flat Kalloy 15degree flat bars,25.4 x 560mm
BB BEARING:111.5mm BF Sealed 68xEnglish
BOTTLE CAGES:Velocity Bottle Trap Black Cage
BOTTLES:BF 21oz. water bottle white w/black lid - black logo
BRAKE LEVERS:Alloy V brake levers
BRAKES:Alloy V brake for one wheel - Black
CABLES:Cable - Housing Black std w/ Decals Black or White
CASSETTE:11-28 8sp Shimano Oem
CHAINS:KMC Z-51 8sp chain
CRANKS:Alloy 170mm crank 44T- DD,Tan front & other w/plastic guard
DERAILLEURS REAR:Shimano TZ50 34T, 43 teeth - Change to SRAM for DD shifter
DESIGN / INTERNAL:NO Front Derailleur Hanger -NONE on this bike -add if need
HEADSET, THREADLESS:1 1/8" FSA Tap Adjust threadless, black, headset
HUB FRONT:BF Select 28o 100mm FRONT Silver w/QR
HUB REAR:BF Select 28o 130mm rear-Silver w/qr
MISCELLANEOUS:Optional fenders, kickstand, bell
PEDALS:Wellgo MTB Style (Pair) Pedal
RIMS:Weinmann TM19 (406) 28o Black
SADDLE:BF padded & bumpered saddle .
SEATPOST:Kalloy #243 Sil adjust post 28.6 x 350mm
SHIFTERS/CONTROLS:MicroShift twist 8 speed
SPOKES:Spokes DT 14 ga. Stainless w/ brass nip
STEMS F:Kalloy 22.2, 60mm quill, silver or black
TIRES:Sunlight Kontact 20 x 1.75" (406) 40psi blk. hybrid tread
TUBES:20x1.5 to 1.95" SV (406)

Infinity Drive Silk (baseline specifications without rack or lights) $2250
2D SEATMAST:01 .1 Left Fold Mast 2010> Silk/NWT/ PR / PL std .055 CrMo
2E STEM /BF MADE:BF Stem Riser, Adjustable for / Ahead,1 1/4" SVS
ACCESSORIES:Custom Engraved Name Plate. Optional: fenders, racks, kickstand, bell
BARS:MTB flat Kalloy 15degree flat bars,25.4 x 560mm
BB BEARING:111.5mm BF Sealed 68xEnglish
BOTTLE CAGES:Bottle Cage , Cateye Flexible
BOTTLES:BF 21oz. water bottle white w/black lid - black logo
BRAKE LEVERS:Tektro "V" style Brake Levers (TS360A)
BRAKES:Avid Disc Brake, MTB F/R BB 7 w/160 Cable
CABLES:Cable - Housing Black std w/ Decals Black or White
CASSETTE:Carbon drive, centertrack, 24 tooth cog for Nuvinci
CHAINRINGS:Carbon Drive Centertrack 60T 130BCD, Gates
CHAINS:Carbon Drive belt, centertrack, 115 tooth, Gates
CRANKS:Alloy single 170mm 130 53t crank w/chain guard
HEADSET, THREADLESS:1 1/4" BF Threadless cartridge, alloy, black
HUB FRONT:SRAM 406 32o front disc black
HUBS GEARED R:Nuvinci 32o, black (w/ shifter, disc brake) (135)
MISCELLANEOUS:BF Head Badge Brass -Yellow,Navy,White, w Gold trim
PEDALS:None supplied std. 
RIMS:Alex X-101 Alum (406) 32o 20 x 1.5" Silver
SEATPOST:Kalloy #243 Sil adjust post 28.6 x 350mm
SHIFTERS/CONTROLS:Supplied with hub
SPOKES:Spokes DT 14 ga. Stainless w/ brass nip 
STEMS F:BF 25.4 Ahead for Adj Riser(we will size w/ bike)
TIRES:Primo Comet 20 x 1.35" (406) 100psi Blackwall tire
TUBES:20x1.125-1.5" SV (406x32-37)

1 comment:

Rofiee2 said...

For those of you reading this article about Bike Friday and are curious on how it folds, you can watch an animated video of it folding in the following URL. There is also link to close-up photos of the Silk model. Those on Google+ will also have the opportunity to join the Bike Friday Community.