Long-Distance: Using a Foldable bike for Touring?

long-distance riding Birdy

More countries are opening up, allowing people to cycle more. Similarly, in Singapore, now that Phase 2 is here, people can enjoy long-distance bike rides, also known as touring. This has caused an unprecedented demand for bikes. Some companies have sold out of bikes. That said, MightyVelo still has folding bikes in stock right now! Foldable bikes are more portable than a full-sized bike. Furthermore, they can be just as good for full-sized bikes for long-distance rides, if you choose the right one.

Benefits of Using A Folding Bike for Long-Distance riding

It’s more convenient with a folding bike. In places where bicycles aren’t allowed, you can fold it and roll it.

If anything goes wrong on your trip, you can fold it easily and store it in the back of a car boot. It’s easier than regular bikes, which might not even fit in a car. You can also bring foldable bikes into public transport, which is useful.

Birdy in the MRT

Why use a Birdy for Long-Distance riding?

The Birdy offers the best of both worlds in both foldability and ride quality. it’s hard to find a foldable bike that can ride as smoothly as a Birdy. Many people swear by the bike’s comfort, saying that they would feel comfortable doing all-day rides on it.

The Birdy comes with a sturdy monocoque frame. This gives the frame no flex or torsion when riding. The lack of hinge on the mainframe also saves on weight. Meanwhile, most foldable bikes fold in the middle, which puts stress on the frame. This does make the bike a little more compact. However, when touring, there’s no reason to choose foldability over comfort.

Thanks to the frame, the Birdy allows for a good range of riders. It can support riders 145-185cm tall. It can also handle up to 110kg.

The Birdy also comes with full-suspension, which is a rare feature on foldable bikes. These can absorb small bumps, which makes riding better and smoother. When riding long-distance, you can really feel the difference the suspension makes.

There are different models for every niche. For touring, the two that come to mind are the Birdy GT and the Birdy Touring.

Touring or GT?

There is a misconception that bikes with higher speed are better and faster. Higher speeds do not mean a faster bike, despite the name. Many factors can affect the speed of a bike, such as wheels, weight, etc. Bike speeds, or bike gears, help with climbing steep hills.

Higher speeds add more resistance but allow the rider to cycle further. This is also useful when pedalling feels too “loose” and your legs feel like it’s spinning too fast. Lower speeds add less resistance. This is useful for people who have joint problems and want a less stressful ride.

All Gen 3 Birdy models (except the New Classic) come with the same frame. However, their components are different to suit different niches.

If you want an all-rounder, go for the GT. However, if you truly are only looking to climb hills, Look at the Touring.

Birdy GT off-road riding in Coney Island

Birdy GT: For more rugged riding

The Birdy GT is for the Brave and Bold. It is a rigid and reliable folding bike. At 10-speeds, it can handle small hills and slopes well. The Birdy GT can go on light trail and light off-road. This means places like Coney Island and the outer parts of Palau Ubin.

The Birdy GT comes with 18” Schwalbe Black Jack tyres. These tyres have thick, deep treads, allowing more grip traction when riding on unpaved roads.

Birdy Touring

Birdy TouringPLUS: For long-distance and hills

The TouringPLUS has a whopping 24 speeds, more than any other Birdy model. If you are looking to climb steep hills and slopes, try the TouringPLUS.

The TouringPLUS comes with 18” Big Apple tyres. These air cushion tyres act as natural suspension. Paired with the Birdy’s stability, cycling on the TouringPLUS would feel like riding on air. You can enjoy longer long-distance rides.

What if I Still Have Questions? / Where Can I Get a Birdy Folding Bike?

If you are looking to get a folding bike for yourself, try Mighty Velo! Our online store is open for business. Message us on Facebook, Instagram or Carousell for questions and enquiries or to book a test ride. You can also email us at [email protected] for a slot. Our bikes are also available on Shopee, Lazada and Qoo10.

Mighty Velo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. Our Mechanics have been trained directly at Pacific Cycles HQ in Taiwan and can do proper maintenance and repair work on our bicycles. Every bicycle comes with a 2-year warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on parts.

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