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Review: Bike Friday Pocket Llama

Text: Chiu Ling Photos: Akira Mizuno - 28th Jan 2013
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Introduction

Road bikes were designed for speed, mountain bikes were designed to take on rougher trails, and likewise, foldable bikes were built for the leisure urban commute.

Preferences for bicycles are diverse and specific. While foldable bikes may not be regarded as real bikes by certain quarters of the cycling community (what we jokingly call the bike purists), there is no denying that these versatile wheelies are growing with fast popularity here in urban Singapore.

For the city dweller who wants the resilience of a touring mountain bike combined with compact portability for multi-modal transportation, the Bike Friday Pocket Llama is a clear winner for several reasons.

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"Formerly posted by Metaxtrail: Can it be fitted with skinnier tires using existing frame?"
why not? can try out to test test. 
- kona-bros , Singapore. 6th Oct 2013 5:27 PM
 Can it be fitted with skinnier tires using existing frame?
- Metaxtrail , East Coast, Singapore. 6th Oct 2013 10:19 AM
 of course ever bike got its pros and cons. no perfect bike in this world and adapt to it to get the best of it.
- kona-bros , Singapore. 4th Oct 2013 8:38 AM
 
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"Formerly posted by keong81:
Hi, how's the folding?
I tried to test the BF NWT @ MBS and it seems the chain always drops out when folding. MBS informed the BF is a good bike but not meant for frequent folding. (I'm looking at bringing up MRT if I'm with my family)
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BF bikes are no doubt good in performance and future upgrades(standard bicycle components), the bike is much into packing rather than folding as the motto stated "Performance that packs". The folding part is abit not straight foward, but with regular practice still can be done, just dun put too much accessories or uncessary stuffs onto bike with fold often and carry your stuff with backpack. For easier and slighter faster fold, clean fatique the bike friday without racks and mudguards, keep it simple. Actually i fold mine bike friday twice into a car & taxi, under circumstances. mostly i ride and fold when needed. So far i enjoyed the bike. i ever consider dahons, birdy, brompton which can't catered to my riding style until i encountered BF and after considered 1 year plus decided and go for it.
- kona-bros , Singapore. 4th Oct 2013 8:36 AM
 Hi, how's the folding?
I tried to test the BF NWT @ MBS and it seems the chain always drops out when folding. MBS informed the BF is a good bike but not meant for frequent folding. (I'm looking at bringing up MRT if I'm with my family)
- keong81 , Singapore. 4th Oct 2013 8:09 AM
 Speed cruiser or performance bike? I really doubt it...
- trek790 , Singapore. 4th Oct 2013 2:58 AM
 It is quite unlikely for someone to use this for off-road in Singapore's term. But would you see the Llama as a speed cruiser or performance bike?
- Metaxtrail , East Coast, Singapore. 3rd Oct 2013 6:43 PM
 BF Pocket series, so far rides like mountain or BMX kind of feeling. So far it cater to the cycling needs to bicycling tourists. Most of the market bike components it can accept and installed on BF. Hi five trek790 bro. I am BF companion user, but not yet upgrade the parts as still usable for malaysian trips. Use the parts selected from Green Gear Cycling Inc. 1st. Upgrade i later then discuss.
- kona-bros , Singapore. 29th Jan 2013 10:02 PM
 Please note that Bike Friday is more than willing to customize a Llama for you. No need to go stock! 
- trek790 , Singapore. 29th Jan 2013 8:45 PM