In case you aren't familiar with Bike Friday folding bikes, they are made in the U.S.A. in Eugene, Oregon by Green Gear Cycling, Inc. They make all kinds of models, from road bikes to mountain bikes to tandems.
|The suitcase with the Pocket Rocket still inside.|
I decided to document with photographs the assembly of my folding bike, step-by-step, as shown in the series of photos that follow.
|The case is opened, revealing that...|
|... in this case is folding bicycle! These were instructions to the airlines so that it was clear what was inside, should they open the case.|
|After the spare tires and bags holding parts are removed, there really is what resembles a bicycle inside the case.|
|The seat mast is raised and the handlebar stem is installed.|
|The rear "triangle" with rear wheel are unfolded.|
|This is where the seat mast and rear triangle join together, cinched by a quick release.|
|Voila! Joined and secured.|
|The handlebars are next. As you can see, they are in two parts.|
|One end of the handlebar slides into the other and the allen bolts on the stem, when tightened, secure them together.|
|Handlebars in place. As you can see, they need some fresh tape.|
|Custom head badge made from a William Spear pin.|
|Seatpost installed and almost complete.|
|Front wheel and pedals installed. Done!|
|Yes, this bike really was custom made for me. I chose the paint job, too, two of my favorite colors, blue and purple.|
The deer were grazing here, out in the open right next to the road,
before I startled them. I think they like to bed down in these trees at night.