Hello Birdy!

Okay so I have sinned, I bought another folding bike about a month after I sold the Brompton, this time I got myself a Reise Muller Birdy, sometimes called a R&M Birdy, but most of time simply known as Birdy.

I decided to get the 9 speed Birdy Gen3 (Generation), in other markets it is referred as Mk3 (Mark), in charcoal matt grey as I reckon the dull grey paint is easier to maintain, besides black bikes attract less attention from bike thieves. Though I was also considering the 24 speed version with SRAM internal 3 speed hub, it was a little pricier, but I think the deciding factor was the simplicity of a cassette & derailleur system verses an internal hub, especially when it comes to having to replace a tire or inner tube. Continue reading “Hello Birdy!”

A Folding Bike Dilemma

I need a folding bike.  But why-oh-why, so many of my friends ask, why would you ride a collapsible small wheel bike?  Well there are very good reasons for that, first it’s so I can cycle to the subway station and from there take the bike, folded, on to the train, and secondly I’ve been exploring more and more is actually touring on a bike I can fold up.

The thing is, which bike?  As I also want the bike to be able to handle long journeys…. and this is where making a decision becomes bloody difficult. Continue reading “A Folding Bike Dilemma”