Birdy 7 speed & 3x7 Bike 1998 or Older

Birdy 7 speed & 3x7 Bike 1998 or Older 

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Birdy 7 speed & 3x7

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[May 29, 2007]
brendan elliott
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

I purchased the Birdy Blue which has 24 gears (3 in the hub).
An mazing bicycle that (almost) drive likes a big bike. Packs into a suitcase and I took it to Australia and cycled from Brisbane to Sidney on it fully loaded to the hilt.
Ortleib panniers on the front and rear, plus the largest Arkel handlebar bag you can buy. My tent was strapped across the rack.
This bike is a strong beast.
I fixed my faithfull old Brookks saddle and off I went for 1,200km's. Only one flat tyre.

Weakness:

The little beast creaks - so what!

A fantastic machine if you seriusly want to pack a bike in a suitcase and then travel self-contained when you arrive. The Birdy does impose weight limits on the expedition rack and the low rider but I ignored them all after I pre-tested it before I set off. I tortured the little beast with tons of weight. If it complained, it wasn't going to come with me. It didn't!

Similar Products Used:

None, but I have a Trek 520 that I usually use for long distance touring. No comparison as the Trek is it! It's as far as evolution can be. But having said that, Birdy is about number five behind the 520.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 12, 1999]
Peter de Leuw
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Tool-free folding within seconds, light weight. Good suspension, maintanance-free, three kinds of rear suspension elastomers (changes without tools). Leading link front fork eliminates front-end dive during braking. Even distances up to 100 km are comfortable to ride with the Birdy.

Weakness:

Belt drive/4 gear hub slides when it becomes wet, belt drive/7 gear hub wears out rapidly. (Actual chain drive works good.)
There are no durable tires available, yet (may change in autumn/winter 1999).
Folding size in comparison to the Bromton folding bike bigger.

For me the best folding bike available. Great for commuting with car or train (needs no additional ticket!).
For more informations see http://members.aol.com/pdeleuw/Birdy.html

Similar Products Used:

short ridings on Brompton and Bernds folding bikes

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 31, 1999]
Tim McNamara
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Folds to a compact package in under 45 seconds. Light weight, dual suspension bike with Sachs 3 x 7 gear system. Unique anti-dive front fork geometry. Rear elastomer changes in seconds.

Weakness:

Tire availability is limited due to small size (18) but does come in a knobby and a smoother tread tire suitable for road and hardpack. I found the stock saddle unsuitable; the small diameter tires wear faster than 26 tires and rolling resistance is a little higher. The bike does have quite a few rattles in it from the V brakes and cable housing.

A great bike, not suitable for gonzo DH or really gnarly singletrack, but useful for many dirt rides, with the benefit that you can keep it in the car for spontaneous rides, and no one will know you have it in the trunk. Also very good for commuting- fold it up and bring it inside!

Similar Products Used:

Bike Friday

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 30, 1999]
Bob Gelman
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Dual Suspension, Light Weight,
Folded Size

Weakness:

Only one 18 tire currently available.

The Birdy is a German design, built in Taiwan full suspension folding bike. Folded size is 30x23x11.
There is a 7 speed (22 lb.) and a 21 speed (3x7 - 24 lb) model. There is a group discussion and information at :
http://www.egroups.com/group/birdybike/ For more information links, see: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/birdybike/Links While I would not recommend the Birdy for the roughest off-road trails, it is more than sufficient for what most people use these bikes for most of the time. Its folded size and light weight give it a lot of advantages if you're not heading down Mt. Everest. Don't bother with Bike racks for your SUV; just keep it in your trunk, always.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 17, 2007]
birdybiker
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Rides like a full sized bike, or better! Folds to a compact size in 10-30 seconds. Can take it on trains, busses.

Weakness:

No major weeknesses yet, other than the price. (Worth it, and the hand built frame is available with cheap components for $900.)

Perhaps the best touring bike in that it packs quickly into an airline legal suitcase. It rides as well as a big bike, and is, in my opinion as fast. (The upright speed record was set on a Moutlon, which is very similar in design.)

Similar Products Used:

Dahon Mu SL

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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