The crisp fall weather has officially arrived in Chicago (see here) and this week I wore gloves and a light scarf for the first time (see here). Fall is my favorite season and I love dressing for it. Lately I’ve been thinking of boots, burnt orange, brown leather, dark denim, and – yes – sweaters emblazoned with foxes. A spritz of my favorite fall scent, Burberry Brit, and I’m ready to go. Since I was talking about alien baby folding bikes recently, I added a Strida to the mix: quite possibly the most alien of them all.
When I visited Nashville a couple of weeks ago, I used the Jango Flik, a nifty folding bike that Trisha reviewed a while ago. The bike was a lot of fun! I zipped all around town, at least 12 miles, and the Flik was right there with me, handling up-hills and down-hills with ease.
The size of the bike fits both me and Trisha, despite our height differences, because the handlebars and seat tube are highly adjustable.
The Flik is also light and easy to carry. I simply locked it up outside at my destination instead of folding it, but yeah – it folds, too.
I have not heard much about the Flik in the last couple of years, which is surprising because it’s such a cool little bike. Most people with folding bikes seem to go with the classic elegance of a Brompton or similar, but the cute baby alien look of the Flik is kinda awesome.
At one point, while riding with a group of about 6 others, a pedestrian called out: “I like your bike the best!” Ha. My companions had some lovely bikes, but the Flik is an attention-getter, for sure.
Because I’ve never met a pun that I did not like, Dahoney (n): girl about town on a folding bike.
I visited Nashville this weekend for our friend Erin’s bachelorette party and Trisha had the Dahon ready and waiting for me. Our friend Wanda from San Diego also took it for a spin. This funny alien bike has always tripped me out and I have a hard time wrapping my brain around how it works. But it does. The spindly creature provides a shockingly quick and comfortable ride that feels oddly similar to a regular bike. Granted, no one will take little D on endurance rides or racing (although an all-folding-bike race would be adorable), but it’s a sensible choice for shorter utilitarian rides. A major benefit is fitting a wide range of riders, going from me (5’7) to Trisha in the few seconds it took to adjust the seat. The only issue I had was the slight squirrely feeling down hill and even more so up hill, but nothing extreme. I also felt more vulnerable next to cars and trucks, but that’s mostly in my head, since I’m used to big weighty bikes.
And now I want a folding bike. Such is the danger of riding new bikes. What a neat trinket to carry around on plane and train trips, so that I’d always have a bike with me. You never know when you’ll need a bike! It’s not cheap, though, so it will remain a twinkle in the fairy’s eye for now.