tikit™ - Bike Friday
Using Your Bike Friday®
Green Gear Cycling, Inc.
3364 W 11th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402
800-777-0258 USA & Canada
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www.bikefriday.com • [email protected]
You have just purchased one of the finest folding bicycles available.
Your bike has been carefully designed and constructed for your
personal transportation needs. All Bike Fridays are manufactured
in our Eugene, Oregon factory by real cyclists who care about meeting customer’s needs.
Please take your time reviewing this manual before you assemble
your new Bike Friday tikit ™ bicycle. You will find your new bicycle
simple and reliable anywhere you go!
If You Need Help . . .
If you need technical assistance with any Green Gear® Cycling
product, or are unclear on the proper operation of your tikit™
bicycle, please call us and a Service Technician will help you get
back on the road. Our toll-free number in the US and Canada is 800777-0258, international is +1-541-687-0487. Normal business hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays, Pacific Standard Time. You can also email service questions to [email protected]
Because we understand the needs of world travelers, we offer
24-hour technical support in emergencies. If necessary, please call
our regular number and our answering service can forward you to
a Service Technician on call.
Extra Accessories
We also sell an extensive (and growing!) line of bicycle and travel
accessories. Whether you are riding the local back roads or venturing into foreign lands we have the gear you need. Call us for info on
spare tires & tubes, replacement parts, fenders, racks, bags, or other
items to complete your tikit™ Travel System.
More Information
To check out our products, find other useful information, discover
Bike Friday events, and “Yak” with other Bike Friday owners on the
bulletin board, go to our main web site at www.bikefriday.com. Or
just call us at 800-777-0258.
Blue skies and happy trails from the gang at Green Gear Cycling.
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Table of Contents
A Word on safety
Anatomy of a Bike Friday tikit ™ bicycle
Models and tikit ™ vocabulary
Unpacking your tikit ™ bicycle from its box
Folding your tikit ™ bicycle (Push, Lift, Fold, Snap, Go!)
Unfolding your tikit ™ bicycle
Size adjustments for your tikit ™ bicycle
Using a Quick Release
Replacement Parts for your tikit ™ bicycle
Accessories for your tikit™ bicycle
Quick Transit Cover
Front Rack
Rear Rack
Packing your tikit™ bicycle in a suitcase
Unpacking your tikit™ bicycle from the suitcase
Operating your V-Brakes
Note on installing your seatpost
Servicing and Maintaining your tikit™ bicycle
Dual Drive Hub
Travel Tips
Warranty Information
A Word on Safety
Bicycles are a lot of fun, but improper use can result in harm.
Please always ride safely!
• Always wear a helmet.
• Follow the rules of the road, and be courteous.
• Use front and rear lights after dark.
• Dress appropriately for the weather and the season.
• Always carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump and a tool kit.
• Keep your bicycle in good shape.
• Check your tire pressure before every ride.
• Make sure all quick releases are secure!
• Have your bicycle routinely serviced for trouble-free travels.
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Rear Derailleur
Cassette (Cogs)
Seat Stays
Rear Rack
Chain Stays
Frame Latch
Stem Hinge
Stem Riser
Crank Arm
Folded Stem
Folded Seatmast
Seat Mast Hinge Quick Transit Cover
Seat Mast
Ahead Stem
Chain Ring &
Protector Ring Tension Cable
(holds stem in
Bottom Bracket
Walking Handle
Water Bottle
Seat Mast Clamp
Seat Post
Head Tube
Front Brake
Head Set
Head Set
Spin Knob (Model T only)
Stem Clamp
Shift Levers
Brake Levers
Anatomy of a tikit™ bicycle
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tikit™ Models
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Other tikit™ details:
Stem secured by knob.
Standard on all tikits™
except ‘tikit™ 2 ride’.
Folded Dimensions: 16” x 24” x 35”
(varies by bike size and bar choice)
Stem secured by cable.
Comes standard on ‘tikit™
2 ride’ and is a $226 upgrade choice for all other
tikits™ .
1 - Built To Order, includes some component/color choices, custom sizing
2 - Stem secured by spin knob; bike folds in ~15 seconds (can't retrofit to Hyper-fold later)
3 - Stem secured by cable attached to rear end; bike folds in ~5 seconds
4 - Many color options available – 7 choices for free & 12 choices for $100 upgrade
* - Built to Order weights listed with-out saddle, pedals or accessories. Fender needed for
bike to stand when folded. The weight of each bike also varies with the size of the bike.
Order type
Folding type
tikit™ Models Stock BTO1 Impulse2 Hyper3 Gears Color
Model T
'tikit™ 2 ride'
black/blue 25-27lbs
Just the tikit™
Your choice4 *22lbs
Travel tikit™
24 Your choice4 *23lbs
Express tikit™
Your choice4 *21lbs
One Way tikit™
Your choice4 *19lbs
Express tikit™ ‘Sport
H’ bars and
bar-con shifter
SRAM Dual Drive
rear hub gives the
‘Travel tikit™’ 24
‘One Waytikit™’
single speed rear
hub by White Industries.
tikit™ Models and vocabulary
Unpacking your tikit™ from box
Your tikit™ will only require a small amount of assembly. You’ll
need the 5mm hex wrench you’ll find included with your tikit™, a
pedal wrench or 15mm wrench, and a pair of scissors to cut the zip
ties securing the frame to the box.
1. Take the bike and accessories out of the box. Remove
all packaging.
2. Unfold the bike frame
before installing the front
(see instructions on pg. 10)
3. With the bike unfolded,
make sure the cables aren’t
twisted or snagged. Slide the
stem into place and tighten
the stem clamp.
4. Install the front wheel.
Quick release lever should be
on the right side so as not to
impede the fold.
(for use of the quick release
lever see page 13)
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Unpacking your tikit™ from box
5. Connect the front brake.
(for details on brakes see
pages 28-29)
6. Set the saddle to your
desired height, straighten so
the nose of the saddle points
straight to the handlebar
stem and tighten in place.
(See size adjustments on
page 12).
7. Adjust the handlebars
to your desired height and
tighten into place. Make
sure the stem is centered
over the front wheel so the
bike rides straight.
(See instructions for size
adjustments on pg.12)
8. Install the left pedal using
15mm wrench. This pedal
is reverse threaded, so be
sure to screw the pedal in
counter clockwise.
You are ready to ride! See pages 8-10 to practice folding and
unfolding your tikit™.
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Folding your tikit™ bicycle
With a little practice the bike can be folded in under 5 seconds!
Begin by loosening the spin knob
on the stem hinge to release the
folding stem. Note: Hyper-fold
(cabled) models do not come
with a spin knob.
1. Push:
-Stand on left side of bike
-Left pedal at bottom of its stroke.
-Hold stem firmly with your left
-Strike back of saddle with your
right hand to release the
seatmast latch.
2. Lift:
-Left hand still holding stem.
-Right hand holding seatpost.
-Lift the bike to allow the rear
wheel to roll underneath all the
way and latch into place. The
ground or your foot can help it
3. Fold:
-Lower seatmast to the
latch on the main frame.
-Lower handlebar stem into
catch on the mainframe.
4. Optional:
Fold pedals by pushing in and
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Folding your tikit™ bicycle
Small tikit™: You can experience some interference between the
rear derailleur and front wheel quick release nut. This is worst in
the high gears- the bike will still fold, but it is much easier if the
bike is folded in the low gears (biggest cogs on cassette).
Pedals: The bike can be folded with the pedals in most positions,
but occasionally there will be an interference issue. Starting with
the left pedal at the bottom will always work.
Large tikit™: If you want your handlebars as high as possible,
you will need to loosen the stem clamp and drop your handlebar
height in order to keep the bars off the ground when folded.
Three ways to GO with your folded tikit™ :
Use the handle sticking out of
the folded seatmast and walk.
The tikit™ rolls on its front
You can also cary your tikit™
by holding on to the mainframe of your bike if you have
the ‘Quick Transit’ bag or by
using the cloth handle bolted
to the top of the frame
(not the seatmast!)
3.Bag it:
Put the Quick Transit Cover
over the bike (see pg. 16 ) and
you can still walk if you have
a front rack on your bike.
You can carry the bike with
the handle at the top of the
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Unfolding your tikit™ bicycle
When un-folding, you should only need to touch the bike at the
saddle/seatpost and handlebar stem. With a little practice the bike
can be unfolded in under 5 seconds.
1. Open
-Stand on the left side
(saddle to your left).
-Unlatch the seatmast by
pushing in the catch and lift
up on the saddle.
-Unlatch the stem and lift up
keeping pressure on stem so
that stem hinges press firmly
2. Swing
-Left hand grasping stem.
-Right hand grasping
-Lift the bike so the rear
wheel will roll back out.
You can use your foot or
the ground to help the
wheel along.
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-Raising the seatmast unlatches the rear end and
allows it to swing back
in place.
-As rear wheel rolls out
ensure the stem is correct
before wheel is fully in
Fix: Lift bike rear end to release cable
tension on stem, then push stem forward as you lower rear end again.
3. Latch
-Make sure rear wheel is
back in place Before
pushing seatmast into catch.
(if the frame latch at the rear
of the bike doesn’t line up with
the seat mast perfectly, lift up a
bit on seat to allow cables to reset. Check that stem is correct).
Do NOT force seatmast down
if it is not aligned.
Tighten spin knob on the stem
hinge to secure the folding
4. Pedals
Unfold the pedals (if they
were folded).
Ready to ride!
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Size adjustments for your tikit™
Your new tikit™ has size adjustments for the stem and the seatpost
so you can make sure it fits you comfortably. A good fit will make
riding easier and more enjoyable, so it is worth spending a little
time to get it right. With the tikit™, your preset adjustments remain
in place during folding, so the bike is always a pleasure to ride.
1. Setting your saddle height:
A good starting point is to sit on
the bike with your heel on the
pedal with the pedal at the lowest
point. Adjust your saddle height
so that your leg is straight. Then,
when you are correctly pedalling with the ball of your foot on
the pedal, your leg will have a
slight bend. Do not raise/extend
your seatpost past it’s maximum
2. Tighten your seatpost clamp
in place once you have found
the right position.
Note: The lower bolt on the
seatmast (as indicated) is not for
height adjustment. The seatmast
tube must be fully inserted at all
3. Setting
Not for
Handlebar height should be set
to personal preference for comfort. Do not extend the extension
past it’s maximum mark! If you
need to go higher please contact
Bike Friday or your tikit™ Agent
There are stems available for
the tikit™ in different lengths to
acheive the perfect reach to the
bars and height.
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Using a Quick Release
Using Those Nifty Quick Releases
On a cold and snowy day in the 1927 Gran Premio della Vittoria, a
tired and numb Tullio Campagnolo struggled with the frozen wing
nuts on his rear wheel while trying to change gears. In a moment
of frustration and inspiration Campagnolo envisioned the modern
quick release, and the bicycle world was transformed.
The quick release is one of those simple but great inventions that
really makes life better. However, if used incorrectly you can potentially endanger yourself. Although a reliable and safe product, some
people have been injured because they didn’t know how to properly use this elegant device. Your Bike Friday tikit™ has one on each
wheel. If you are not familiar with their operation, PLEASE study
these directions carefully. If you are still unclear on their operation,
call us or contact your local tikit™ Agent before your ride!
Quick Release Operation
A quick release is a simple cam with a lever that swings through an
arc that is square to the axle. As the lever moves the cam clamps the
wheel to the frame, or secures the frame joint. It is not a wing nut to
be rotated about the axle.
The tension on the quick release is controlled by how tight the
knurled nut on the other end is set. Only wheel quick releases have
the small cone-shaped springs. Note that the small ends of the
springs face toward the center of the hub.
Quick Release Maintenance
We recommend adding a few drops of light oil to the lever where
it enters the cap several times per year. This will keep your quick
release working smoothly for years to come.
Knurled Nut
(adjust tightness here)
QR Lever
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Using a Quick Release
1. Adjust Knurled Nut
With the wheel installed
and the axle properly seated
in the frame, position the
QR lever so that it is in line
with the axle. Then turn the
knurled nut on the other side
clockwise until it is snug.
When the QR is properly
adjusted, you should be able Fig. 1 Quick release operation.
to freely swing the QR lever for the first half of its arc, at which
point the lever should offer resistance.
2. Continue Closing QR
Using the palm of your hand
press the QR lever through
the rest of its arc until the
lever is closed and parallel
to the wheel. You should feel
very firm resistance when
the QR is properly adjusted
(the lever may even leave a
light imprint in the palm of Fig. 2 Setting quick release tightness.
your hand).
3. Double-Check!
Ideally, the QR lever should
be facing rearward, or
upward. Levers which are
facing forward can catch on
any number of things and be
accidentally opened.
On the tikit™, the front wheel
quick release lever should be Fig. 3 Closed QR pointing rearward.
located on the right side of
the bike, so that it does not interfere with the fold.
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Basic Maintenance and Replacement
Parts for your tikit™
Your tikit™ should provide many years of reliable service. However, there are some non-standard parts that may wear over time.
Latch rings: If your tikit™ loses its
positive latch action, then replacment
latch rings are available from Bike
Friday. These are easy to install with
a 5mm hex key and 10mm wrench.
Seatmast and Bottom Bracket pivots: The pivot pins may eventually need replacement. We recommend this be carried out by your
tikit™ Agent or the BF service department.
The Seatmast pivot has 4 bolts. The
outer two must remain tight to grip
the pin. The inner two can be used
to adjust the resistance of the folding
For adjusting
A few drops of oil on these latches and
pivots will keep them working
The Bottom Bracket pivot tension
can be adjusted by tightening the bolt
and nut.
Cable: The unique feature of the hyperfold tikit™ is the cable
which locks the stem when the rear end is latched. It is important
that the cable is installed to the correct tension, so we recommend
that replacements are fitted by your tikit™ Agent or the Bike Friday service department.
Latches: Should the seatmast or stem latches get accidentally
damaged, then replacements are available from Bike Friday - both
parts simply bolt in place on the main frame.
Both the Stem Riser and Seatmast extension are available in a
range of sizes and materials, so it is possible to change the fit of
your bike at a later date. Contact your tikit™ Agent or Bike Friday
for further information.
All the other parts on your tikit™ are standard bike parts, and
thus should be servicable by any bike mechanic.
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Accessories: Quick Transit Cover
The Quick Transit Cover is an ingenious device to rapidly turn
your folded bike into an unobtrusive package. It disappears into a
small frame-mounted bag when not in use.
The Quick Transit Cover
attaches to the mainframe
of your tikit™ with the two
bolts already in the frame.
1. To use your Quick Transit
Coverbag first fold your tikit
(see page 8). Then open the
bag cover and pull the loose
part of the bag out. Part of
the bag will stay attached to
the bike to allow the handle
to work once the bike is
2. Pull the walking handle
(under the seatmast )
through the hole in the bag
marked with a yellow tag.
3. Then stretch the front
part of the bag over the front
wheel. If you have a front
rack on your bike, make
sure the bag is stretched
over the front rack. Then
stretch the back part of the
bag over the back of the
seatmast and cranks.
You can walk with the black bundle rolling on the front wheel if
you have a front rack, or carry the bike with the fabric handle (top
center of bundle) and stow it in a small space. See page 9.
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Accessories: Fenders
1. Front Fender
Your front fender is attached
to the fork crown. To take it
off, simply loosen the bolt
with a 5mm hex wrench.
IMPORTANT: Replace the
bolt prior to riding as it is
part of the fork assembly!
2. Rear Fender
Your rear fender is attached
to the rear of the frame. To
take it off, simply take off the
bolt (B) by loosening with
a 5mm hex wrench. Then
remove the two small bolts B.
from the ends of the fender
support bar (C) using a 4mm
hex wrench. Replace the bolt
behind the brake after you
have removed the fender (it
keeps the threads from rusting).
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Accessories: Front Rack
1. The front rack consists of a
frame designed to carry one
bag on the right side of the
bike. It mounts in front of the
brakes and to the right side
fork dropout (the bolt for this
is supplied with the rack).
The rack is very simple. It
comes with one bolt and then
uses the two front brake bolts
to finish attaching it to the
2. With a 5mm hex key,
unscrew the mounting bolts
holding your brake arms to
your front fork. There is no
need to remove the brakes
from the bike,just unscrew
the bolts enough to create
room for the rack.
3. Position your rack as
shown so the bolt holes in
the front rack line up with
the bolt holes for the brake
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Accessories: Front & Rear Rack
4. Ensure your quick release
is located out of the way, and
attach the rack to the right
dropout using the supplied
bolt (4mm hex key).
5. Tighten the brake arm
mounting bolts, securing the
rack in front of the brake.
Rear Rack
1. Install rack by using 4mm
hex wrench to secure the
rack onto the bicycle with
four bolts. Two near the
rear hub, and two near the
seat latch. If you have a
fender, remove the fender
support bar (B.) and plastic
foot and use the bolt to attach the fender to the center
rack strut.
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Accessories: TravelTrailer
1. Trailer Parts
If you purchased a Travel­
Trailer with your bike, you
should have two trailer
wheels and two yellow felt
bags with the tongue and
axle. The bottom of your
TravelCase should have
three holes drilled in it if you
ordered the trailer with your Fig. 1 Travel Trailer parts.
bike. If you ordered the TravelTrailer system separately, you will
need to find the three dimple marks in the bottom of your case and
drill them through with a ¼” drill.
2. Connect Axles
In the smaller yellow felt bag
there should be two axles and
a T-bar. Slip the open ends of
the axles over the “T” of the
T-bar. Each axle will have a
threaded stud with a thumb
nut and two flat washers.
Remove the thumb nuts and
one of the washers from each Fig. 2 Assemble trailer axle.
stud (leaving one washer over each stud post).
3. Attach Trailer Axle
With the case open and
standing on its left side,
attach the axle assembly by
slipping the two threaded
studs through the two holes
in the right side of the case.
The end of the T-bar should
be pointing at the third hole
Fig. 3 Attach trailer axle.
in the case.
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Accessories: TravelTrailer
4. Add Thumb Nuts
Place one of the flat washers
over each threaded stud, and
then loosely thread on the
thumb nuts—do not tighten
them yet.
Fig. 4 Attach washers & thumb nuts.
5. Attach Trailer Tongue
Take the long trailer tongue
and remove the thumb nut
and one washer from the
threaded stud. Slip the hollow end of the tongue over
the end the of the T-bar so
that the threaded stud in the
tongue fits into the remainFig. 5 Trailer tongue over T-bar.
ing hole in the case.
6. Add Last Thumb Nut
Place one flat washer over the
threaded stud inside the case
and add the last thumb nut.
Now securely finger tighten
all three thumb nuts inside
the case. Each attachment
point should be a sandwich
consisting of trailer frame,
flat washer, nylon case, flat Fig. 6 Tongue thumb nut.
washer and then thumb nut.
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Accessories: TravelTrailer
7. Wheel Axles
From one axle end remove
the clevis pin, the flat washer
and the rubber O-ring. Note
the order of these parts when
installing the trailer wheel.
Fig. 7 Axle washers.
8. Install Trailer Wheel
Each trailer wheel has two
bearings; one is flush with
the outside of the wheel, and
the other is recessed. Slide
the trailer wheel over the
axle end with the recessed
side down and the flush side
up (away from the trailer).
Fig. 8 Mount trailer wheel.
9. Add Axle End Washers
First install the rubber Oring so that it sits next to the
wheel bearing. Then install
the flat washer over the Oring.
Fig. 9 First add O-ring, then flat washer.
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Accessories: TravelTrailer
10. Insert Clevis Pin
Insert the clevis pin through
the hole in the axle end to
secure the wheel. The flat
washer should be lightly
pressing against the clevis
pin from the inside, with
the O-ring acting as a sort
of spring to keep the wheel
Fig. 10 Insert clevis pin.
from rattling on the axle.
11. Connect Trailer Hitch
First install your bolt on
trailer hitch to the left chain
stay. To attach the trailer to
your hitch, simply pull the
knurled collar on the coupler
back while you push the coupler over the nipple on the
Fig. 11 Using your trailer hitch.
12. Ready To Go!
When you release the
knurled collar, the coupler
should be secure and ready
to go. If the knurled collar
becomes stiff and does not
spring closed, add some
light lubricant such as TriFlow™ or
WD-40® to the coupler.
Fig. 12 Trailer hitch connected.
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Packing your tikit™ in its suitcase
1. Put bike in lowest gear (1 on shifter)
2. Open Front Brake
To release your front V-brake, press
the arms together, and then pull the
elbow-shaped noodle out and up
while pushing the noodle holder
down. There is a slot in the end of
the noodle holder for the brake cable
to slip out.
3. Remove front fender (see page
16). If you have a front rack you
must remove it also (see page 17)
4. Fold Pedals
5. Remove Front Wheel
After removing the front wheel, close
the brake again. Remove the quick
release from the axle by undoing the
knurled nut. Be careful not to lose the
small cone-shaped springs.
5. Remove seatpost/saddle and
put on their protective covers.
See * at bottom of page 25 if you
have a small tikit™.
NOTE: If you have a Model T.,
completely remove the spin knob
and latch. Place in tool bag.
Loosen the seat mast clamp using
your 4 mm hex wrench.
6. Loosen stem clamp where unpainted
stem riser enters the folding stem.
Remove handlebars and stem and put
on protective covers.
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Packing: tikit™ in Suitcase
7. Place gray bag over fork and
brakes, turn fork so brakes face toward the bike.
8. Overfold your tikit™ by folding
as normal, but keeping the seatmast
up and pulling up on the rear wheel
towards the mainframe. You will
know this has been done correctly
when you can see light through the
hole in the frame latch (A).
A. Correct overfold
8. Install the frame protector between
the chainring and mainframe to prevent damage (B). Lower the seatmast
9. Place one crush protector cap
B. Frame Protector
in the center of the case. Place the
folded bike into the suitcase with
the chainring towards the left side of
the suitcase and the driveside (right)
crank arm pointing toward the rear of
the case.
See picture on page 26.
10. Install handlebar covers and stem
cover. Fork is turned so brakes face
the bottom of the case. This will leave
the stem folding on the top. See picture on page 26.
* With a small tikit™, depending on your handlbar and stem position, the bike may now fit directly into the suitcase. However, with
most bikes, it will be necessary to remove the saddle/seatpost and
slide the stem riser out of the stem. Both of these tasks are easily
achieved with a 5mm hex key. We recommend you mark your seatpost and stem height prior to removal. Tuck your stem/handlebar
and saddle/seatpost around the bike as shown in the picture on the
next page.
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Packing: Place Bike in Case
Yellow sleeve over
folding stem.
Handlebars and stem
riser tucked under bike
Saddle with yellow sleeve over
Front wheel
placed here.
11. Make sure the folding stem has the cover fitted as shown and
the seatpost has the cloth sleeve installed as shown. Place Quick
Release skewer and multitool in tool bag.
12. Travel Trailer.
If you have also purchased a
Travel Trailer, then it should
be fitted around the bike as
shown. One trailer wheel
should be placed underneath
the bike.
Trailer frame
13. Install the top of the Crush Protector by sliding it through the
bike and into the cap placed in the case in step 9. The crush protector is a PVC dowel with a couple of flat caps on the ends. This
piece is a critical bit of packing material: it spans the case so that
luggage dropped on top of your bike is supported by the dowel
and not your bike.
There should also be plenty of room for your bike helmet and other
riding accessories.
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Unpacking your tikit™ from case
14. Close TravelCase Lid
Close the case lid, tucking
any loose cables and felt bags
into the case. Then starting
with a side buckle, latch the
lid closed. It is okay if the
lid is tight, this will help
keep the bike from bouncing
around. If you cannot close
the lid, check that the front
wheel and trailer tires are
properly positioned and are not too high. Finally, you should be
able to feel that the crush protector is the highest point of the case.
To unpack your tikit™ from the suitcase:
1. Remove crush protector (top cap & dowel), seatpost/saddle, and
any other accessories not attached to bike. Now lift the bike out of
the case, careful with the handle bar/stem riser assembly as those
housing cables can get tangled and kinked.
2. Raise the seatmast and allow the rear end to swing down - don’t
unfold all the way yet.
3. Now unfold your tikit™ (see pages 10-11).
4. Install your seatpost and stem to preferred height (ensure your
cables aren’t tangled).
5. Open the front brake. Install the front wheel. Close the front
brake. (see page 28-29)
6. Install the front fender (and optional front rack).
IMPORTANT: If you choose to leave the front fender off make
sure the bolt is still installed on the fork.
7. Double check all quick releases and clamps. Now you are ready
to ride!
8. See videos of packing and unpacking your bicycle at www.bikefriday.com\tikit
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Operating V-brakes
1. Releasing the brake
Start by pressing the brake
arms together.
2. Release V-Brake
While continuing to press
the arms together (A), pull
the elbow-shaped noodle
out and up (B) and then push
the noodle holder down (C).
There is a slot in the end of
the noodle holder for the
brake cable to slip out.
3. Open Front Brake
At this point you should be
able to open the brake arms.
If you cannot release the
noodle from the noodle
holder, then the brake cable
may need to be loosened
a bit. See the next step for
instructions to add some
slack to the cable.
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Operating V-Brake
4. Brake Barrel Adjuster
To add some more brake
cable slack, you can turn the
barrel adjuster on the brake
lever. The barrel adjuster
is the knurled bolt that the
To Add
cable housing goes through
Cable Slack
as it enters the brake lever.
Turn this adjuster clockwise
to loosen the cable.
Note: There is a lock nut on the adjuster, which will need to be
loosened first.
5. Reconnect V-Brake
Before closing the brake
check to make certain that
the housing is properly
seated into its ferrules at
both ends. With the brake
open, the housing can slip to
the side and keep the brake
from closing properly. Common places to check are the
brake lever barrel adjuster (top), and where the housing enters the
noodle (bottom).
6. Close V-Brake
Close the V-brake in the
reverse order of opening it.
Press both arms together (A),
and insert the noodle (B) into
the noodle holder (C).
The end of the noodle has a
bullet shaped tip that should
be inside the holder, but just
sticking through the cable
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Notes on installing Seatpost
1. Install Seat Post
Once you have your saddle
height set, try adding a piece
of electrical tape to the seat
post or use a permanent
marker to mark your saddle
height for quick re-assembly.
If you did not purchase a
saddle with your bike now
would be a good time to
install your own saddle. Add a light dab of grease to the saddle
rails and seat carriage clamp.
2. Tighten Seat Post
Whenever you install the seat
post, make certain the seat post
shim (the split aluminum sleeve
inside the seat mast) has its slot
aligned with the slot in the seat
mast. Also make certain the seat
mast collar has its slot aligned
with the slot in the seat mast.
Tighten the seat post. (Be careful not to overtighten, as the bolt
can break).
Be sure to keep a light film of grease on any intersecting bike
parts. This will help to prevent corrosion, facilitate disassembly,
and eliminate annoying noises. Areas include seat posts, saddle
rails, handlebars, stems, seat masts and frame fork tips. Doing this
a couple of times per year during routine maintenance should be
enough. Wipe off any excess or visible grease.
Also be sure to lightly grease all bolt threads on your bicycle as
you repair or upgrade components. Lubricating your bolts will
allow you to adequately tighten the fasteners and keep them
from seizing in the future.
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Trouble Shooting
Linear pull brake centering and spring adjustment
Linear pull brake arms are held off of the rim by a spring in each
arm. To center the brake (allowing both arms to retract an equal
amount), you need to adjust the respective spring tensions. At the
base of each Linear pull brake arm near the pivot is a small screw
pointing to the side. Turning this screw will change the centering
of the brake.
On the side which needs to retract farther, tighten this screw in halfturn increments. You may also consider loosening the side which
retracts too far.
Headset adjustment:
The headset is the bearing in
which the fork turns. It is adjusted using the 5mm hex bolt
located underneath the stem
hinge. If the headset develops
play, simply tighten the bolt to
correct it. Do not overtighten.
tikit™ Cable
Uniquely, your hyperfold tikit™ uses one cable to give its
‘magic’ no fuss fold. The cable we use is strong and safe. If you
notice any damage to your tikit™ cable, such as fraying, then it
should be replaced immediately. Ideally this will be done by
your tikit™ Agent or a Bike Friday technician.
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Bike Friday Service
New Bike Maintenance
Like all bikes, your Bike Friday tikit™ bike will go through a breakin period. After the first few weeks of riding you may find that your
drive train doesn’t shift as crisply as it did when new, or perhaps
the brakes are slightly loose. This happens as new cables stretch,
housing compresses and parts wear in.
After the initial break-in period, but before a significant tour, it is
important to have your Bike Friday bicycle professionally serviced
by your dealer or at your local favorite bike shop. A new bike tune
up takes very little time and the small cost for the work is minor
considering the improved performance and reliability it provides.
Then at least once a year and before any major tour, take your bike
back to your local shop for another tune-up to be sure that it runs
After a few years of use and a few thousand miles of riding, you
may notice that the decals on your bike are starting to look worn
and the paint has some scratches. Perhaps your bike doesn’t ride as
smoothly as it used to, and the local bike shop can’t get it to function as well as you would like. We offer factory service programs
including tune-ups, overhauls, and other repair work by our expert
mechanics. A month or two before your next big ride, you may wish
to send the bike back for a complete overhaul.
Visit our web site for repair packages, costs, and details at www.
bikefriday.com/ServiceGuide. For those who plan ahead, we can
generally offer the quickest repair turn-around during the winter
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DualDrive Hub
1. Shifting Rod
Underneath the click box is a
small screw head called the
shifting rod. The click box
pulls or pushes this rod in
and out to shift gears. Normally you do not need to
remove this rod to remove
the wheel.
Fig. 4 Shifting Rod.
However, be careful not to
bend the rod head. If you need to remove the rear wheel to pack
your bike, either remove the rod and keep it in a safe location or
put the protector sleeve (required for only a few bike models) over
the axle and pin head.
If you wish to add some oil to the hub, remove the shifting rod and
dip or coat the rod with good quality oil. See the paragraph on hub
maintenance for more information.
When screwing the shifting rod back into the hub, be careful not to
over-tighten. Just lightly tighten the shifting rod with a flat screwdriver, until snug.
2. Removing Rear Wheel
With the click box removed,
loosen the two axle nuts with
a 15mm wrench, a crescent
wrench, or your pedal/headset wrench in the tool pouch.
The wheel should slide out.
The axle washers have a tab
on one side. When reinstallFig. 5 Axle washer, bottom view.
ing the rear wheel, place the
washers on the outside of the drop outs (the part of the frame which
holds the wheels), with the tab pointed down and facing toward
the wheel. With the axle properly seated in the drop outs, tighten
the axle nuts securely.
Do not forget to reconnect the brake after installing the wheel!
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DualDrive Hub
3. Reattaching Click Box
To reattach your click box
to the axle, first ensure the
black button is all the way
down, flush with the top as
in Figure 3. If you cannot
get the button down, it is
because the shift cable pulled
the small black shifting fork
(circled in Figure 6 and 6a) Fig. 6 Shifting fork down, button down.
out of its proper position.
This can happen when the
click box hangs by the shift
cable. First, make certain the
shift cable housing is properly seated at the shift lever,
any cable stops, and in the
click box barrel adjuster.
Next, to get the button down,
Fig. 6a Shifting fork up, button stuck.
push the fork tip down
toward the hole in the box with your finger while applying pressure to the black button. You may need to keep your finger on this
button to keep it from popping up from cable movement.
4. Mount Click Box
With the button down, place
the click box over the axle
as far as it will go, and then
press the black button up.
Your click box is now properly connected. With very
gentle tugging, you should
only feel slight spring-like Fig. 7 Place over axle end.
Fig. 7a Button up (connected again).
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DualDrive Hub
5. Adjusting DualDrive
The DualDrive hub adjustment is very simple. First
shift the DualDrive into the
middle gear (flat terrain, or
middle STI position). On
top of the click box is a small
clear window showing a
couple of ladder-like bars
over a brightly colored indi- Fig. 8 Adjusting window.
cator needle.
Turn the tapered barrel adjuster, where the housing enters the click
box (Figure 8a), until the needle is centered between the bars in
the clear window. It’s that
simple. When you move the
Needle In
shift lever you can see the
needle move to the different
All new bikes will need some
initial adjustment as parts
Needle Out
wear in, housing compresses
and the cables stretch. If
your bike does not shift Fig. 8a Barrel adjuster.
properly, take it to your local
bike shop for adjustment. Before long, however, your bike should
be functioning trouble free.
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Travel Tips
Airport Security
Traveling with your Bike Friday travel bike on the airlines today
will, for the most part, be as convenient as it was just a few years
ago in the good old days. However, because of the need for extensive inspections required by the Transportation Sercurity Administration (TSA), there are a few points to be aware of.
• Do not lock your TravelCase™ when traveling by air. All luggage
must be inspected by TSA agents when checking in your luggage.
TSA agents can, and have, broken open locked TravelCases™.
Even after the initial inspection do not lock your case, we have had
reports of subsequent inspections where the TravelCase™ lock was
broken open.
• You may ask to be present during the inspection, however you
may not touch your bike or TravelCase™ once you have handed it
over to the TSA. By asking to be present, you may be able to give
some repacking tips to a very busy agent.
• When traveling by air, you might consider not over packing
your TravelCase™. With some practice it is quite possible to get a
tremendous amount of gear into your TravelCase™; however this
only obscures the inspector’s view and they will deconstruct your
carefully packed case.
• Consider using extra straps, bungee cords, or toe straps to bundle
the packed bike. This way an inspector can remove the bike as once
piece, look it over, and replace it into the case quickly and accurately.
• Observe airline luggage weight limitations. Luggage which
exceeds these limitations may be charged an excess baggage fee.
Bike Friday®, the Bike Friday® logo, Green Gear® Cycling, tikit™, Pocket
Rocket™, Pocket Rocket Pro™, Pocket Pilot™, Pocket Tourist™, Pocket
Llama™, Pocket Gnu™, New World Tourist™, Pocket Crusoe™, Travel
System™, TravelTrailer™, TravelCase™, as well as certain other marks are
trademarks exclusively owned by Green Gear Cycling, Inc. in the U.S. and/or
other countries. No such marks, names or logos may be used without prior
written consent. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Warranty Information
Bike Friday Guarantee
We at Green Gear Cycling Inc. (Bike Friday) want you, the customer, to
be happy with your new bicycle. If for any reason you are dissatisfied
you may return the bicycle to us within 30 days for a full refund, less
return shipping charges. This applies to purchases of new bicycles. We
also accept returns on parts within 30 days as long as the part is unused
and undamaged. In all cases, the return shipping charges are your responsibility. To take advantage of this guarantee, you must notify us within 30
calendar days of receiving the bike of your intent to return the bike and
the bike must be received by us within 35 calendar days of you taking
delivery of the bike.
Limited Warranty:
As part of the consideration for buyer’s purchase, buyer understands and
agrees to the following: Green Gear Cycling warrants your bicycle frame
set, including fork purchased from Green Gear Cycling or an authorized
Green Gear dealer against defects in workmanship and materials for as
long as the original owner has possession of the bicycle. This does not
cover paint or powder coat finishes. Green Gear Cycling honors the original manufacturer’s warranty on parts and components against defects in
manufacturing. Tubes and tires are sold as-is.
This warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of the defective frame, fork, or defective part at the discretion of Green Gear Cycling.
This is the sole remedy of the warranty. This warranty applies only to the
original owner and is not transferable.
Claims must be made through Green Gear Cycling or an authorized dealer.
Proof of purchase is required. This warranty covers bicycles and components purchased outside of the United States only if purchased through an
authorized Green Gear Cycling dealer.
This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, improper assembly or
maintenance, folding or unfolding, or installation of parts or accessories
not originally intended or compatible with the bicycle as sold. Under no
circumstance(s) shall Green Gear Cycling be responsible for incidental or
consequential damages.
This warranty gives you specific rights, and those rights may vary from
place to place. This warranty does not affect the statutory rights of the
consumer. The 30-day money back guarantee and our warranty apply to
bicycles and parts purchased directly from Green Gear Cycling, Inc. Customers who have purchased bicycles and parts from dealers must abide by
the dealer’s policies. Except as provided herein, this product is provided
“as is” without any additional WARRANTY of any kind, including the
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