What is it? A range of foldable bicycles designed for globe-trotting cyclists.
Why do I need one? Most folding bicycles are bulky so many airlines apply restrictions or handling charges. All Bike Friday's bicycles are designed for storage inside the standard-sized, hard-shell Travel Case (US$229), which meets international airline check-in requirements and has a three-dial combination lock, extendable handle and wheels. There is also space for a cycling helmet.
How does it work? Each package includes a toolkit and how-to-pack video. Step-by-step instructions and video demonstrations are available at www.bikefriday.com.
Tell me more. Bike Fridays are tailor-made for the owner's height, weight and other personal specifications. Frame types include ultra-quick 'folders' and bikes with suspended titanium-frame seats. Touring, road, racing, mountain, commuter and family-friendly tandem bicycles are available. Each weighs less than 20kg when packed.
What's the downside? Test rides are not available because the bicycles are made to order. A 30-day money-back guarantee and offer to connect prospective buyers with Bike Friday owners in their area provide some peace of mind.
Where can I find one? Contact Bike Friday's Asia representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Flying Ball Bicycle Company (478 Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan, tel: 2381 3661; www.flyingball.com). Prices for the New World Tourist bicycle (right) start at US$875.