Finally, last weekend I did my first tour on the Birdy!
I took the ferry from San Francisco to Vallejo, then rode up to Napa, over to Sonoma, and spent the night at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. All told, about 50 miles. The next day, biked in to Santa Rosa and took the bus back. Oh yeah - and of course I folded the bike and brought it on the bus! The bus had a front rack, but I read it's for 20" wheels and up. The drivers said I had to use the rack if one was fitted, but I explained my wheels were too small - she shrugged and asked me to keep it out of everyone's way. Maybe I should bring a slip cover next time. It was quite awkward to board the bus with the bike, two panniers, tent, sleeping mat... It might be an idea to bring a lightweight duffle or something to hold everything together.
Overall, a great trip and made me want to do more. I broke a rear spoke and was afraid that I would have trouble getting such a short replacement. But the first shop I went to cut one to fit - no problem! There were some non-folder specific problems - thoughtlessly designed roads with no space for bikes and homicidal car drivers. Nothing to do about that, sadly. The US is seriously lagging the rest of the world in good infrastructure, and US drivers have an incredible sense of entitlement. But I digress..
The Birdy handled the load well. I had my clothes and food in small front panniers and tent, sleeping bag and mattress on the rear carrier. The handling was fine, even at high speed down hills. I have the 9 speed Capreo version, and the gear range is a little marginal for loaded touring. The campsite was at the top of a 4 mile, 6-15% hill, and I had to get off and push in places. Mind you, it was at the end of a long day and more gears might not necessarily have helped me much
More pictures here. Sadly, I completely forgot to get a picture of the Birdy loaded up. Having too much fun, I suppose