This week’s installment brings us Kirk, who recently moved to D.C. from the Berkeley area in California. He is here with his Tikit, the new folder from Bike Friday. He was walking through Eastern Market on Saturday when I ran into him on an outing with MG, Super D, Comics DC blog author Mike Rhode, and his daughter Mighty C. Kirk showed us the bike’s quick fold feature, which does not require throwing any levers — just bop the seat forward from behind, which releases cables holding the head mast upright, and then grab the handle behind the cranks and lift.
Bike Friday created the Tikit to serve a different purpose than the traditional Friday, which is designed more to be a packable travel bike rather than a true folder. The Tikit has smaller (moreso) 16-inch wheels, where Fridays generally have two flavors of 20″ wheels. The Tikit is also a little less rigid, which Kirk confirmed. Kirk said he was used to seeing Friday commuters relatively often in the Bay Area, but not much out here. MG and I commute on our Pocket Rockets from time to time, and I see a few folks coming across the Memorial Bridge, but he’s right, they are not that prevalent. Yet.