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Old 04-21-18, 04:56 PM
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swop stems?

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I am desperate for a modern Sports stem for a Mark 1 Birdy 24 speed - I have an older Comfort stem, adjustable for height .
I have a sports stem that requires pins replacing. Do you want to swop plus cash to sort out the pins?
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Old 04-21-18, 06:09 PM
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Thanks, I am hoping for one of the black more modern sport ones that does not need pins. The Comfort one I have and could swap, is one like that.

I also have one of the first adjustable comforts [the type with pins] but looking at it, it looks like a really early model, they way it meshes with the headset.

Pins can be obtained from the German Citroen 2cv supplier I posted on another post. I had forgotten that they work on a Birdy and they are still for sale.
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Cruising eBay

And noticed a couple of sellers offering used Birdys. One of them is offering returns. The usual: bidding or Buy it Now ($1500).

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=reach+gt&_osacat=177831&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR8.TRC0.A0.H0.Xbirdy.TRS 2&_nkw=birdy&_sacat=177831
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Old 04-21-18, 11:13 PM
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Birdy models marketed by Pacific Cycles are "built up" differently than are R&M Birdy Bikes (e.g. available without lights, fenders...) and are thus lighter in weight. Will Pacific Cycles ship to addresses in the US? (What I'm looking for is a Birdy made lighter by not carrying components that I do not need.)
You should check with USA dealer first
(Dealer) BFold Bikes +1 212 529 7247
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Originally Posted by bike.gang.uk View Post
You should check with USA dealer first
(Dealer) BFold Bikes +1 212 529 7247
224E. 13TH STREET, UNIT #1, NEW YORK, NY 10003,USA(Dealer) BFold BikesMAP
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Old 04-23-18, 05:38 PM
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West Coast

West coast vendor is Urban Bike Fitters http://www.urbanbikefitters.com/

I am thinking of getting a Birdy for a fun ride, but the high price is the deterrering factor. A 25+% savings (ala eBay or similar outlet) is making me think about it. That being said, Amazon is selling the retooled Classic for $1000; it’s just doesn’t have the same “wow” factor as the Sport et al.
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Originally Posted by Roegmann View Post
West coast vendor is Urban Bike Fitters http://www.urbanbikefitters.com/

I am thinking of getting a Birdy for a fun ride, but the high price is the deterrering factor. A 25+% savings (ala eBay or similar outlet) is making me think about it. That being said, Amazon is selling the retooled Classic for $1000; it’s just doesn’t have the same “wow” factor as the Sport et al.
Got a link for this amazon birdie?
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Old 04-24-18, 07:00 PM
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Amazon

Hello “old friend”. Here it is
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B019YW2Y58/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/139-5989529-0970731?ie=UTF8&qid=1524510955&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=pacific%2Bcycles%2Bbirdy&dpPl=1&dpID=516I2uSu9fL&ref=plSrch&th=1&p sc=1

The red one is $300 less than the blue one.

Amazon is also selling the Reach T20, but it is the older model. They fixed a design flaw in the 2017 models.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01GR8A1ES/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1524617992&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=pacific+cycles+birdy&dpPl=1&dpID=51TLbUZ7elL&ref=plSrch
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Old 04-25-18, 03:04 PM
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That seems a good deal.I like this version as you can put big apples on. It has the right rear drailler the updated stem from the pin version.
Its wrong to state the monocoque was discontinued. Its still available as the city.
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Birdy Classic

That is real good to know. Thanks for the advice. Now, all I have to do is save up for it (I’m halfway there).
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Old 04-28-18, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Roegmann View Post
Hello “old friend”. Here it is
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B019Y...rch&th=1&psc=1

The red one is $300 less than the blue one.

Amazon is also selling the Reach T20, but it is the older model. They fixed a design flaw in the 2017 models.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01GR...elL&ref=plSrch

Hi Roegmann, what is the design flaw in the pre-2017 Reach?
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Hi Roegmann, what is the design flaw in the pre-2017 Reach?
the one I've heard is that dirt gets in the front thru-axle, making it difficult/impossible to remove the front wheel.
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Old 04-29-18, 08:32 AM
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Axle

From what I’ve read from a couple of sites (my favorite being foldingtales).

“there is a design flaw with the front wheel hub where there is a small gap at the edges of the floating axle that can allow debris to get in.” This causes the quick release bolt to fuse, therefore disallowing the ability to take the wheel off for breakdown. Force will be needed (hammering) to dislodge it.

Supposedly, the GT version fixes this flaw, among other smaller ones. Unfortunately, the GT is unavailable in the U.S. I had planned to use the Reach instead of a BF NWT for flying/touring, but I may have to rethink that unless I can get my hands on a newer Reach.
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Thanks Abu and Roegmann! It is good to know.
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Originally Posted by Roegmann View Post
From what I’ve read from a couple of sites (my favorite being foldingtales).

“there is a design flaw with the front wheel hub where there is a small gap at the edges of the floating axle that can allow debris to get in.” This causes the quick release bolt to fuse, therefore disallowing the ability to take the wheel off for breakdown. Force will be needed (hammering) to dislodge it.

Supposedly, the GT version fixes this flaw, among other smaller ones. Unfortunately, the GT is unavailable in the U.S. I had planned to use the Reach instead of a BF NWT for flying/touring, but I may have to rethink that unless I can get my hands on a newer Reach.
Kill two birds with one stone; fly to Taiwain, and buy a Reach, and tour there.
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It’s on the List

I’ve done Thailand, Hong Kong, Thailand (again), and this year Australia (this October).

My best friend’s wife is from Taiwan, so I’m going to try that angle first.
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Originally Posted by Roegmann View Post
I’ve done Thailand, Hong Kong, Thailand (again), and this year Australia (this October).

My best friend’s wife is from Taiwan, so I’m going to try that angle first.
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It goes for NTD67,500 in Taipei. Jesler Bikes.

Keeping with the thread title, I saw no Reach on the streets there, but I did see a couple of new Classic Birdys.
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Thanks for the information Abu.
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Originally Posted by Roegmann View Post
I’ve done Thailand, Hong Kong, Thailand (again), and this year Australia (this October).

My best friend’s wife is from Taiwan, so I’m going to try that angle first.
You can also visit New York City; BFold has a GT. They also ship.

And just to get this thread back on track; they also sell Birdies.
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Pump in gen3 stem

So I found out a Lezyne Sport Drive HV pump fits in the stem of my gen3 if the top most stem position is used. Since my GT has 65psi max I went with a HV pump. The handle of the pump has to be closer to the bars so the skinny side actually passes through the stem bottom. I added some padding to keep the pump from being too loose.


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Hylix 34.9 x 580mm seatpost is 297 grams.

So I ordered this seatpost for $80 from ebay because it was listed at 240g which seemed believable since the other Hylix handlebar and seatpost I've bought were close to their listed weight. My scale shows it at 297 grams; that's a big 57g difference for an expensive seatpost. Now I face the hassle of trying to get my money back. Why can't sellers just show their lightweight products on a scale? Oddly this same seller does show their Brompton carbon wheelset on a scale. Anyway, if you are searching for a lightweight seatpost the Hylix is not the best choice since the stock setback with plastic endcap is 402g.
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General questions about a Birdy

Hello everyone,

In my search to find a folding bike, I came across an older Birdy for sale not too far away from me. I don't have enough posts to post a link to the ad, or even photos, but it's the only Birdy currently listed on Pinkbike in North America (item # 2254324). I'm hoping that the experts on this board could let me know their general thoughts about this bike.

I plan to use it for a fairly short commute (around 13 kms one way; the other would be by bus). It looks like it's in great shape, albeit somewhat customized (cassette has been removed, dyno hub has been installed). However, I do realize that it's an older model.

Not being familiar with folding bikes, and even less so with Birdys, is this a good buy for the purpose that I intend to use it for?

I would appreciate any thoughts you may have, both good and bad.
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Old 06-04-18, 05:43 PM
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Here's the Birdy Link .. $400 is a great price for that bike.. the bike runs a SRAM Dual Drive (cassette + 3 speed internal hub) .. very nice set up for huge gear range.. I had one for many years.. might be a little clumsy for the bus as it's sort of an awkward fold, but certainly doable.. 13km commute would be a breeze.. very comfortable bike regardless of size..

Edit: - Just saw the close up of the drivetrain... now essentially a 3 speed IGH.. still would be fine for a 13km commute assuming no huge hills.. you always have the option of putting a cassette in place of the spacers and single gear.

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Thanks for the response. I'll likely check it out this weekend and see how it rides.
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Birdy R u. M head badge

Has anyone recently tried to order anything from the birdybike.com web-site?
I wanted to order a 'Birdy R u. M head badge' from them, but although the site accepts new registrations, the ordering sequence doesn't progress to the shipping page. The site's contact button also leads to a '404 unknown page error'.
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