This customized Birdy monocoque folder on Spinopsys caught my attention this morning. I think it is a great looking bike, but I was a little surprised when I read the weight. In his post, Philip speculates that “this particular Birdy has got to be the fastest and lightest anywhere.” Maybe so, lets see, 10 kilograms is about 22 pounds. Is that light for a folding bike? I don’t pretend to be an expert on them, but 22 pounds doesn’t really seem ultra-light to me. My 60cm road bike weighs 20% less than that without especially lightweight wheels. I know, I know; that is not really a fair comparison. This bike was not built for racing and it has front and rear suspension and pivots for folding. Still, this bike is a lot smaller than a standard bike. So I am just curious, what is the lightest folding bike out there? Is 22 pounds really superlight for a folder? Does anyone know? Maybe Walter can chime in and let us know what his fixed Friday weighs. As I said, I am no expert, but Walter’s bike looks pretty light to me.
OK, back to reading about the Tour of California. I wish I could be out there to watch the race in person. If you are lucky enough to do so, check out this excellent blog post on photographing a bike race. Great info; I found it via a Tour de France blog post.