In the beginning...
A folding bicycle God told his prophet that there is a "bike to end all bikes..."
This left me with a burning desire to search for an answer.
Would take everything a God tells you as the gospel truth?
Well, cycling Gods that is.
For us mere minions, the wisdoms and teachings of those who are way ahead of us became a guide to doing things.
A 'bike to end all bikes?'
Is there such a thing?
And the quest begins...
So, I asked the prophet: "And which bike this may be?"
"Its a Birdy..."
Its been tested and proven.
But having heard one of the commandments, I've got to say this: "Dear Folding Bike God, you need to clean your glasses..."
Will a folding bike with a piece of elastic rubber and a ball-point pen spring as its full-suspension become a "bike to end all bikes?"
That is good Soviet propaganda, but in reality, let's examine two things:
Case study number one
The Birdy has an "elastomer rear-suspension".
What does this mean?
Well, let's put it this way, its a piece of elastic synthetic rubber, with a set tolerance to dampen the harsh rides on the road.
You can exchange the elastomer with a selection of different dampers of variable hardness.
Its not a 'suspension', but a damper.
Case study number two
There is a front coil spring, similar to what you see in ballpens with retractable heads.
Its a piece of spring allright, but would you qualify it as a 'suspension'?
The spring is located on a latch for you to fold the bike.
And on bumpy roads, this 'bike will end your life'.
I think the Folding Bike God did not pick his words wisely.
If he had said: "Its the bike to end your sore rides...", that would be appropriate.
For the record, you cannot adjust the 'suspension' on a Birdy to accustom your body weight.
There is no way to set a sag limit.
The Birdy is a fun bike. Its also overpriced. And its not the bike to end all bikes. Sorry, nice try, better luck next bike!
Make my day ... even if it is the last day - Before I start to write my thoughts in this article ... I must say please read this with an open mind ... it touches on matters related to impending death...
3 weeks ago