Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: Dahon Jetstream XP, Merlin Road Ti, Fisher Mt. Tam
Rack-wise, I've got the Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rack
(the MTB version). The rack came with some risers bolted to it, and an extra long skewer to allow mounting to a bike without rack mounts. I installed the rack without the risers to keep it low and help keep the folded size as small as possible. Below are some photos. In the product photo (3rd) you can see the aluminum risers and skewer which I omitted. Also, rather than running the two rack stays from the sides of the rack to the brake bosses, I bent one of the stays and drilled a hole in the platform of the rack so I could use just one central stay. I thought it was much cleaner that way. I'm pretty sure you could make this rack work with the Swift. I'm not familiar enough with how the Monocoque folds to say whether or not the Sherpa would work with it.
In addition to the Expedition Rack you mentioned for the Birdy,I saw a photo here
of another rack mounted to a Monocoque. Looks a little more substantial than the Expedition.
Tire-wise, you might want to try Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. I have no personal experience with them, but I hear they're great where avoiding flats is concerned. They come in 20 x 1.35 and 20 x 1.75.
Do I remember reading something about the Birdy having an odd wheel size?
I came to say I must be folding . . .
Dahon Jetstream XP
Dahon Helios SL
— or not . . .
Fisher Mt. Tam (c.1988)
Merlin Road flat bar project
Schwinn Twinn Deluxe
Last edited by CaptainSpalding; 04-23-07 at 06:28 PM.