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Old 03-04-08, 02:46 PM   #1
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Along came a birdy

I was looking for parts to upgrade the DT FS at the LBS. I didn't buy anything, just took a phone number from an ad leaf. Some guy was selling his 2000 Birdy Silver 3x7. I didn't really think anything would come out of it. I was expecting a scratched up beaten machine. I just thought it would be an opportunity for a test ride, and to finally see one up close.

One 10 minute inspection... one 4 minute ride... and I couldn't let it go... it was in amazing condition especially for the age... (with the RM sticker, and not yet the RM moulded into the frame)

I ended up buying the birdy. Now I have no money for the DT upgrade.

Here's a pic... will give a better review of the ride difference later...
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Keep us posted. I've been recently intrigued by the Birdy bikes. They appeal to my sense of the different and unusual. From what I hear, including your comments, the Birdy is a very smooth riding bike. PG.
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Sell the DT, upgrade the Birdy.
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One 10 minute inspection... one 4 minute ride... and I couldn't let it go...
Much the way I felt when I first rode mine.

It looks as though it still has Birdy tires on it. Replace them with Schwalbe Marathon Racers, you won't believe the improvement.

Welcome to the fold!

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Old 03-04-08, 07:51 PM   #5
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Congrats - that is an excellent opportune purchase! The Birdy is one folder I have not yet added to my stable & I hear good things about it. Post your pics and review. Many would like to share your joy!

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Thanks everyone... I get giddy just thinking about my first full ride with it...

14R: = ) it's an expensive bike to upgrade... though I've already shaved weight from what it came with... I switched seats already (Terry Fly Ti) and will be going after the pedals (damn the seat on it weighed a ton... and so do those pedals)...

I'll be looking for the YELLOW elastomer... the red one just isn't suited to my weight...

I don't know if I can part with the DT (they are like pets with emotional attachments)... I may just opt to make it my daily commuter... I've spent the entire winter collecting reasonable upgrades for it... and I'm about to bring out my scalpel...

I will be selling my FS MTB instead... I rarely get up to the trails anymore... as much as I love that thing... it hasn't seen use in two seasons...

EN: It has marathons on it... it looks like the base marathons, not the plus or race... I found the ride fast on the tires, but it seems harsh and hard compared to the Kenda on the DT (which is always over pressurized)...

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