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Old 05-05-18, 03:27 PM
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Flying Pigeon Folding Bike Chronicles

I have seen little information about Flying Pigeon folding bikes on the Web, aside from a thread on this forum, so I thought I would put a little info out there for those that might be interested in these descendants of the iconic urban Chinese workhorse from the Mao Era.

Last Friday, I ordered a Flying Pigeon 20" folder from Amazon for $189. There was only one left. Walmart had one for $179, but the description looked dubious, besides, I usually avoid Walmart. The Flying Pigeon folder also comes in red, pink, and blue, but a Flying Pigeon should be black; so, there was no debate about color. The bike arrived Tuesday from California (same state as my residence), and I assembled it in my garage that night.

Unfortunately, the box arrived damaged, and the bike, itself, had damage. The rear fender was bent by the shipping (UPS or air transport), and the hardware to mount the reflectors was absent.

This Flying Pigeon folding model is called the Eagle in Chinese. It is a lot like the Schwinn Hinge, a simple, upright folder with only one gear (I don't like derailleurs). The Schwinn would have been my second choice, but the Flying Pigeon is cooler. One difference is the spring in the middle of the Pigeon's frame, designed to make the ride smoother.

I have only ridden it around my complex, but the bike rides nicely and the single gear ratio seems to be perfect for riding on flat without peddling like crazy and climbing steep hills without much struggle. So far, I feel quite comfortable on it.

These Flying Pigeon folders are disappearing from online shops. I got the last one at Amazon, but Walmart might have at least one. E-Bay seems to have two. The cost for me was $189, but Walmart's is $179.



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Doesn't look like a model currently on their web site but I know often these Chinese sites are not up to date but I think here it is more likely an older model.

http://www.flying-pigeon.cn/EN/listP...179&cateid=223

I think Dahon went into partnership with them to sell flying pigeon bikes rebranded to Dahon in China which as far as I know aren't exported to the west although maybe sold in some other countries of Asia.

Flying Pigeon are one of the main manufacturers of share bikes in China too.

On the wiki page for the company it says this 'Workers hand-spray rough welds with coatings of enamel' which isn't very inspiring. Although a rough looking weld doesn't mean a weak weld but I like to see decent consistent welds on a bike frame I have to say.

Half a billion flying pigeon bikes on the roads of China and the company has a lot of history. Originally was going to be called Anchor bicycles which I must admit I find quite amusing as a common insult for cheap heavy steel bikes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Pigeon
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Response: Love the red Pigeon folder in the link, Bonzo. I might have considered that if it had been available to me--although my wife still likes my black one more. I wonder which bike sharing companies use Flying Pigeon products. It makes sense that they would produce them. I read that mobike makes their own.

First Major Ride: This thread is intended as a chronicle of a Flying Pigeon folding bike for those who are considering them; so, I want to occasionally report on how it's doing. I had my first extensive ride today, about 8 miles round trip beside San Diego Bay. The bike performed flawlessly: quiet, smooth, comfortable. I rode with my dad, who uses a Diamondback Maravista hybrid. He was surprised how well the Pigeon kept up. The only thing that I have to work on is the folding. It doesn't seem to fold up very tightly, although well enough to fit in my Honda Fit.
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Response: Love the red Pigeon folder in the link, Bonzo. I might have considered that if it had been available to me--although my wife still likes my black one more. I wonder which bike sharing companies use Flying Pigeon products. It makes sense that they would produce them. I read that mobike makes their own.
Here is a good video of share bike manufacturing. It shows Ofo bikes at the factory being made by flying pigeon but I'm pretty sure they make different bikes for other companies and Ofo use different factories for different models. As ever the big share bike manufacturer is fuji-ta (Tianjin Fushida) the absolute giant of chinese bike manufacturing. Mobikes look better share bikes to me, to be honest and seem a class above some of the other share bikes but then cost is a huge factor so I guess with most things those that can create a product to do the same job for less often win. Maybe owning their own factory will help them keep costs down.



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These are great, thanks. You are a better YouTube searcher than I am. I had searched for videos like these and came up with nothing. Maybe I can post these on the "The Bike Sharing Phenomenon in China and the U.S." thread.

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These are great, thanks. You are a better YouTube searcher than I am. I had searched for videos like these and came up with nothing. Maybe I can post these on the "The Bike Sharing Phenomenon in China and the U.S." thread.
I want to know how well the real suspension works.

The design is very intriguing.
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These are great, thanks. You are a better YouTube searcher than I am. I had searched for videos like these and came up with nothing. Maybe I can post these on the "The Bike Sharing Phenomenon in China and the U.S." thread.
Yeah no problem. I've since read a review of mobike's share bike or one of their designs and it actually came out far worse because it was so over-engineered and incredibly heavy with its shaft drive and more solid frame. At least its stronger design meant heavier people can ride them and they are less likely to be broken so a more reliable bike share service.
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