Yesterday was a long and tiring day from a work perspective, but I was not too tired to return to the office to pick up my new, custom made, Pakit. Yep I picked Pink and White, because I could and I love how the vibrant the colour is. I have never “named” one of my bikes before, but I really can’t help myself with this one…she is “Polly” Pakit 🙂
Today was my first ride on Polly and did she ever perform! I really knew very little about folding bikes but in just one day of riding learned a ton.
- Dresses work: because of the low frame the bike is perfect for cycle commuting in a dress
- Travel Time: Was essentially the same as riding my hybrid.
- Performance: the bike provides a very solid, steady and comfortable ride. One Facebook friend asked if it was “wobbly” as it looked like it would be. The answer was a very clear no. It does no feel wobbly at all.
- The fold: My work colleagues could not help but comment on how small the bike was folded. They are accustomed to seeing my other bikes and were very surprised at the small footprint of the Pakit.
The bike was made, just for me, by the “Green Gear Cycling” company in Eugene Oregon. They market under the brand of Bike Friday.
I would like to expand a bit on the travel time. The following is from the Bike Friday website and describes the travel distance very well as “Better Gearing”. The website goes on to say “Small wheels don’t equate to slower speeds, or having to pedal more. What gives you speed when you pedal is the distance that the wheel travels for every full revolution of the pedals, this is called gear inches. It’s understandable to assume that a smaller wheel would have fewer gear inches than a conventional bike, because with the exact same gearing it does. But folding bikes compensate for this by using higher gear ratios. Take for instance a folding road bike like the Pocket Rocket, which uses a 53 tooth chainwheel and 9 tooth cassette cog to achieve 116 gear inches. That’s nearly 10 feet of travel for every full rotation of the pedals, which is just as good, if not better, than any standard full-sized road bike.”
The Bike Friday website also addresses the “wobbly” question as follows “Another feature that makes small wheeled bicycles great for touring or transporting kids is the low center of gravity, which is the balance point of the bicycle. With small wheels, the balance point is naturally lower to the ground, and the lower it is to the ground the more stable it is.”
It was one thing to read the above on the website and quite another to test drive it personally. I was expecting wobbly, I was expecting that my ride would be slow, I was expecting that this bike would be my travel bike and in between trips be used less…I was wrong on all accounts. Polly Pakit is so pretty; she will be hard to leave behind for any reason!