[Yak] 20-speed custom Tikit
cycling at axelrod.plus.com
Sun Aug 29 17:44:59 CDT 2010
> Andy - thanks for your take. You can get your Tikit in a travel case
> without removing the rear rack or taking the stem riser out? I find
> that to get mine to fit I have to do both of those steps. I also have
> a front rack that needs to be removed for packing. I use MKS
> quick-release pedals so that step on either bike is really quick. The
> one time I took the Tikit on a trip without racks or fenders, just a
> saddlebag and a handlebar bag, it was a snap to pack and unpack
> quickly, but I think the NWT would be just as quick if I didn't have
> racks or fenders.
Ah - I'd forgotten about the front rack - I don't use it, mostly because
its such a faff putting on and off. Yes I take your point that without
racks and fenders - AND with folding pedals, the NWT would be just as
quick. I can't imagine using NWT without a rack tho - its a workhorse
tour bike for me whereas I use the tikit as a quick light runabout. I
had forgotten to mention fenders but there's no difference between the
bikes on that.
I find that for heavy loads the NWT is a nicer ride - I'd always choose
the NWT if there were no other advantages. My tikit *also* fits in the
case much more easily as its smaller than my NWT - more spare room.
> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM, Andy Heath<cycling at axelrod.plus.com> wrote:
>> Packing my tikit takes about 10 mins.
>> Packing the NWT about 30 mins (used to be longer).
>> Take front wheel out
>> remove handlebars
>> fold pedals
>> fold it, turn a screw (i have an early model) and bung it all in.
>> Extra steps with NWT:
>> Take pedals off
>> Take rack off
>> (in the old days with the smaller case I had also to dismantle the rack -
>> very fiddly and slow).
>> Fiddle around more because a) the fit is tighter and b) I guess I worry more
>> about the NWT - its a bigger part of my life.
>> Don't remember about bottle cages - I think I have to take them off both -
>> they are really quick to take on and off anyway.
>> The difference is such that for a short trip of a couple of days or one
>> where I have to pack/repack the bike several times and wasn't carrying much
>> luggage I would definitely take the tikit but might not take a bike at all
>> otherwise (who can afford the hours pack/unpack 8 or more times on a short
>> trip (minimum is 4 times)).
When you can pedal, walking is a bit pedestrian
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