Tag Archives: Eugene Oregon

A conversation with Rob English about his 10.8-pound road bike, single-sided hubs and getting his weekends back

Rob English is focused on engineering, development and supporting production at Bike Friday, the packable bike/folding bike company based in Eugene, Oregon. That’s one job. He’s also a custom frame builder who hawks his wares under the English Cycles flag, … Continue reading

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Bike Friday makes a round sound

If you’re in Eugene, Oregon, on August 26, check out the Eugene Celebration Parade. The folks at Bike Friday–they made my 16-inch-wheeled tikit–say they’ve been practicing, but to judge by this picture, one has to imagine they’ve done this before, … Continue reading

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EcoVelo compares tikit, Brompton in photos

Two folding bicycles: one from Eugene, Oregon (Bike Friday tikit), the other from London (Brompton). Two different approaches to the philosophy of folding: make it quick to fold (tikit), make it small once folded (Brompton). And two different approaches to … Continue reading

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Becoming a bicycle, part 5

Welcome to final assembly. You’re at the end of the Bike Friday tikit production line (and because the operation is so compact, you could still hold a reasonable conversation with someone at the start of the line). The frame is … Continue reading

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Becoming a bicycle, part 4

The tubing has been bent, cut and connected. The steel heart of the bicycle has been painted. Decals have been applied. This is the frame of the Bike Friday tikit at rest, in pieces. To underline the obvious, this is … Continue reading

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Becoming a bicycle, part 1

While Green Gear, the company that makes Bike Friday bicycles, uses the Toyota Production System, people used to video of modern automated automobile factories might not recognize the bicycle maker’s version of it. One reason: none of its bending or … Continue reading

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And so it begins…

This is a blog about my Bike Friday tikit and what I’ll call “related items.” What are related items? Could be anything. I’ve been riding for a while, and I used to be better at it. I hope to get … Continue reading

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