Bike Friday TiLite XL tandem



History:
I have always wanted to own a tandem. I borrowed this bike from BF a few times (it was an ex-demo bike which was for sale), and then
when Misha asked me about going riding, I decided I needed to buy it - I needed a date bike! Which worked out well, since we are still
riding it now we are engaged (Misha christened the bike 'Twinkle'). The captains cockpit fit me really well with little adjustment, and it is one
of the best handling tandems I have ridden - very light to control. Misha says the stoker seat is comfortable too! I need to put it on the scalesa
to find the actual weight, but with the titanium tubes and full Dura-Ace groupset it is barely heavier than a single bike. I recently expanded the
gear range to help us get over the hill with luggage, and was surprised that a 42-62 double chainset would shift well; easier to deal with than a
triple with the same-side drive. I added a plastic 'drop-stop' to prevent the chance of any accidental chain drop. Hanz assures me that it will
pack into a single suitcase, which I have yet to try, but we have trips planned so I will be doing that soon!



Specifications:

Frame: Bike Friday Cro-mo/Titanium XL
Fork: Bike Friday cro-mo, 451
Headset: Chris King 1-1/4"
Seatpost: Thomson Elite
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XP/Bike Friday Ladies
Stem: Bike Friday custom adjustable
Handlebars: 3TTT Prima 199 modified
Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI 9spd
Front Brake: Shimano Dura-Ace dual pivot
Rear Brake: Shimano Dura-Ace dual pivot
Bottom Brackets: Shimano Dura-Ace
Chainsets: Shimano Dura-Ace 170mm, 39T timing rings, 42/62 final drive
Pedals: Shimano M520 SPD
Chain: Shimano 9spd
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX
Cassette: Shimano 11-26 9spd
Front Wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace hub, Alex rim, 24H
Rear Wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace hub, Alex rim, 36H
Tyres: Schwalbe Stelvio 20x1-1/8"
Wheel skewers: Shimano Dura-Ace
Bottle cages: Cateye
Computer: Cateye wireless

Weight: 27lbs(?)


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