[Yak] folder longevity
billhoffman1 at verizon.net
Fri Jan 13 18:21:56 PST 2012
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> Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:24:40 -0800
> From: DAN Scott <NWestr at frontier.com>
> To: yak at bikefriday.com
> Subject: [Yak] folder longevity?
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> I've had my Pocket Companion for about a year & a half, with about 2900
> miles on it. I really enjoy riding on it.
> I'm thinking of getting another bike (you can't have too many, can you? ),
> and logic says get a 700 wheeled non-folder, since I don't really fold the
> BF much. But I like the "friendliness", for lack of a better term, of my
> Friday and find myself thinking of another one set up a bit differently.
> Do many of you use your BF as your "primary" bike? Will a Bike Friday last
> as long as a "regular" bike? What are the wear points to keep an eye on?
> Do all folders have a shorter life span due to their folding design?
I've had my NWT since Sept., 02 and it has 49,000 miles (not km) on it. I
fold and unfold it a dozen or more times a year, when I take it on Amtrak,
Megabus, and when it goes into its Carlton case for flying. Other than the
paint wearing off at the fold points, I detect no other wear due to folding.
The biggest hassle is the chain falling off the chainwheel (I have a single
c/w with a SRAM 3-speed rear hub) and the rear V-brake cable becoming
The fastest wearing part is the rear tire, which typically lasts <5,000
miles, as opposed to >15,000 for the front.
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