Product Safety Recalls Australia in cooperation with Green Gear Cycling (trading as Bike Friday) have announced a recall of the custom-built foldable bicycle, the Bike Friday Tikit (16″ wheel models only”).
Bike Friday Tikit (16″ Wheel) Defect
All the Bike Friday Tikit bicycles with 16 inch wheels are affected by the recall. None of the Bike Friday bicycles with 20 inch wheels are affected.
It seems that the handlebar stem of the Tikit bicycle has a potential weak spot and can develop a crack. As a result, the handlebar stem may eventually separate from the bicycle. If the handlebar stem separates from the bicycle, the cyclist may as one would expect lose control of the bike and crash.
What should Bike Friday Tikit Owners Do?
If you have an affected bicycle, you are advised to cease using it until a new replacement handlebar stem can be fitted. Owners of the 16″ wheel BikeFriday Tikit’s are advised to contact Bike Friday for a replacement stem. The replacement will be sent to the customer with instructions to have a dealer or local bike mechanic replace the handlebar stem. Bike Friday will give the customer or the Bike Friday dealer a credit slip as compensation for the labour.
The Tikit was sold via online sales and through the following selected stockists: Cycle Science, Epic Cycles and Pushy’s Bike Warehouse so not sure how one will go getting payment for the labour if one those bike shops are not local. Hopefully it is a simple stem replacement that does not require the LBS to complete it.
Your Turn To Talk
I hope you found this recall notice of use. Please do share your thoughts on recall of the BikeFriday Tikit and if you are affected by the recall how you gone getting your bike back on the road by leaving a comment below.