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“Pry it from my cold dead hands!”

Lin’s pakiT enabled car-lite lifestyle and her hardest goodbye.

Lin B. is a long time Bay Area resident and passionate Bike Friday enthusiast. We wanted to bring you her inspiring story about going car free with her Enno Orange pakiT. Whether going on fully packed Costco runs or just heading to the dentist, Lin could do it all on her pakiT!

“I retired and decided I never wanted to be stuck in a car again, after decades of long commutes. First I bought an inexpensive e-bike to boost my confidence and get back in shape. After a year I replaced it with a standard Trek 700c bike and SOLD my car. It didn’t take long for me to realize 2 things: (1) the bike was way bigger than I and carrying it up and down transit steps was a disaster, and (2) I was constantly stressed about theft when I locked it up to go places.

Bike theft is so prevalent these days, I never knew if it was going to be there when I returned. Thus my interest in folding bikes developed. I did try the Brompton but it’s a one-size-fits-all type of bike and it simply did not fit me in any of the stock configurations. And I was not going to spend 2k on a bike and then subsequently spend even more on 3d party accessories to “maybe” make it fit.

I was lucky enough to pick up a small used NWT, and that was my transportation for over a year. But it was heavy for me to pick up and put in a shopping cart and to carry on the transit steps for any distance. Also it wasn’t the best folding process for someone folding it multiple times each day.

Then you guys made the pakiT – it was like you heard my wish list.  With carefully chosen components, I was able to get the weight to where I could easily carry it or put it in a shopping cart and folding was a breeze. My little pakiT and my Burley Travoy were all I needed for several more years. We did Costco trips, and took huge boxes to UPS and went to doctor appointments and into restaurants and movies – and I never once worried about theft!!!! In a major city where bike theft is so common, this was a huge stress-reliever. I eventually added a little friction drive e-assist, too.

I would have happily continued on with my pakiT and made them pry it from my cold dead hands, but I developed a health issue which negatively impacted my balance. It was hard to give my pakiT up, but knowing it went to another Bike Friday person helped. She wanted a light folder she could keep in her car trunk to use when she drove into San Francisco from her home north of the city. The pakiT was the perfect solution!

I’ve never been emotionally attached to any car or other bike but the pakiT was my dream bike, exactly what I wanted and needed. I still think of that bike and hope maybe someday I will be able to ride a 2 wheeler again – if I do, it will be another Bike Friday, without a doubt.

Thanks for making me a happy bike owner for the time I had with her…”

-Lin B.

 

 

The Bike Friday pakiT‘s compact and lightweight design allow it to fit in its own backpack for ease of transport. Unlike many folding bikes the pakiT does not use proprietary components or mechanisms making repairs and upgrades possible regardless of where you are in the world.

2024 ALL-PACKA “BF BOOST” WHITE PAPER

 

By Bike Friday Designer Willie Hatfield

What is Bike Friday’s “BF Boost”?

  • The hub is offset 7mm to the driveside, while the rim and tire stay centered.
  • BF Boost uses the existing 56mm chain-line developed for DH bikes and Super Boost Plus 157 but uses frame off-set rather than wider hubs to bring bike performance to the next level using the existing 10×135 QR hub standard.
  • Boost and Super Boost are thru-axle compatible only, so those with awesome QR hubs could not use those hubs to enjoy the benefits of a wider chainline until BF Boost.
  • BF Boost is a highly optimized and backwards-compatible combination of existing standards and technologies. The BF Boost idea has enabled Bike Friday to build the 2024 All-Packa with a level of performance and compatibility previously unattainable with an 20” all-terrain bicycle

Wait, isn’t this Cannondales’ Asymmetric Integration?

  • Basically, except theirs is for thru-axle, and BF Boost is for QR
  • Also, their offset is 6mm and BF Boost is 7mm since (157-142)/2=7.5mm

What does the All-Packa (or other bike) gain from using BF Boost?

  • A massive increase in tire clearance for running up to 20” x 2.8” with incredible mud clearance.
  • Increased wheel stiffness and strength with even bracing angles and spoke tensions
  • Most wheel builds use equal length spokes, allowing a single length of spare spoke for repairs while traveling.
  • Continued use of easily sourced 135mm QR hubs for a bike that can be serviced all around the world, while gaining benefits of Super Boost spacing
  • Increased frame stiffness and braking performance due to the shortened, straighter, stiffer, disc brake-side stays
  • Front Derailleur compatibility is improved, even for triples with a long enough spindle, because there is more clearance for inner chainrings.
  • BF Boost produces a narrower, more compact folded bike than the previous All-Packa by 7mm. Rear derailleurs should be shifted out of the highest gears to prevent fold interference

 

What are the benefits of BF Boost over Super Boost?

  • A 135mm hub dished 7mm builds a stiffer, stronger wheel than a centered Super Boost hub, even if the flange spacing is narrower, because the even bracing angles allow more balanced spoke tensions. Higher minimum spoke tensions reduces risk of bending, buckling, and fatigue induced spoke breakage.
  • The narrower BF Boost hub is stronger than the Super Boost Hub because less bending stress is placed on the shorter axle.
  • The BF Boost hub is lighter than the wider Super Boost hub.
  • There are more hub options available than for Super Boost, especially excellent legacy hubs.
  • With BF Boost, one hub standard can be used to create 3 different chainlines depending on frame offset. The current thru-axle standards 142, 148 Boost and 157 Super Boost standards each require a different hub width, as well as frame spacing to create 3 different chainlines.

What cranksets can be used?

  • Any Super Boost crankset
  • Any crankset with Q-factor over 158 that 1. has a spider that allows the chainring to be spaced outboard from the original outer chainring position (104/110/130mm BCD cranks without hidden bolts), or 2. can have its 3/6mm offset direct mount chainring reversed to reach 56mm chainline (White Industries for example)
  • Most MTB direct mount cranksets can use 0mm offset direct mount chainrings to get a 56mm chainline.
  • Most square taper cranksets use a 127mm (sometimes 122mm for MTB cranks) BB spindle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at service@bikefriday.com