I need a foldable bike to take on trains for part of my commute, and although I tried my best to resist I think I have to make the switch. I tried a few foldables, hated the brompton but found the birdy quite endearing. After some more investigation it seems that the birdy might be the one I go for but I wanted to know if they are up to the rigours of daily usage...
Hence my question, does anyone cycle 80+ miles a week on a birdy? This is what I am intending to do and I would rather it didn't fall apart on my after 6 months.
I got the entry-level and upgraded the drive train myself, more cost-effective. But the entry-level drive train would have lasted me this long I think. I still have the original chain and cassette on, I just replaced the derailer and shifter because I'm anal.
I have had some wheel trouble, due to spokes loosening. Rear wheel broke a spoke, I re tensioned the whole lot and it's been OK since. Front I just re tensioned again last week, 2nd time. No locking compound on the nipples. But other than that the wheels are very strong. The rear is a 24H.