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Old 02-01-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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Airstream bicycles?

Are these bicycles actually endorsed by Airstream Inc? They’re using Airstream’s “bicycle” logo:
BIRDY - modells

Scroll to bottom of the page:
“Special Edition for Airstream owner´s:
Birdy Silver with Airstream logo
Price: $ 1,250.00”
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:29 PM   #2
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Are these bicycles actually endorsed by Airstream Inc? They’re using Airstream’s “bicycle” logo:
BIRDY - modells

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“Special Edition for Airstream owner´s:
Birdy Silver with Airstream logo
Price: $ 1,250.00”
well, doing the math, i'd say "yes", they are, but ask mr. winkie. if he does'nt know, nobody knows.

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Old 02-01-2007, 05:29 PM   #3
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I dunno - check for rivets...
Is the fit and finish OK?
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:30 PM   #4
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Are these bicycles actually endorsed by Airstream Inc? They’re using Airstream’s “bicycle” logo:
BIRDY - modells

Scroll to bottom of the page:
“Special Edition for Airstream owner´s:
Birdy Silver with Airstream logo
Price: $ 1,250.00”
Rog,

I believe so, Rich Luhr (Airstream Life) purchased two last year and discusses them on the Tour of America.

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Old 02-01-2007, 05:33 PM   #5
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I believe so, Rich Luhr (Airstream Life) purchased two last year and discusses them on the Tour of America.

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so right you are. it's in the blog.

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Old 02-01-2007, 05:53 PM   #6
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hi rog

yes they are...

and as folders go, these are pretty nifty bikes.

commonly used by rail commuters in the u.k.

a/s used to keep one in the factory store....

that would be #0001....

i rode it in the parking lot among the vintage a/s out front...

the tires were underinflated and the running gear out of balance...

this bike is now in the bicycle museum of america....

Bicycle Museum of America

just west of jackson center...

as i recall.

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:07 PM   #7
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Much nicer and you can get 3 of these for the price of one of those:

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Much nicer and you can get 3 of these for the price of one of those:

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My grandfather had a bike the Birdy in the Netherlands that he would keep in the trunk of his car. It may have been a different brand, but it folded up very nicely. The rear wheel rolls forward and tucks up next to the front wheel. It was very high quality, nicer than the bikes that fold mid-frame. I had trouble keeping momentum with it though. It seemed to me that the small wheels didn’t let the bike coast as well as it would with larger wheels.

I do like the Amsterdam version from Electra, even though it won’t fold up. Bit of nostalgia for me there!
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:46 PM   #9
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My grandfather had a bike the Birdy in the Netherlands that he would keep in the trunk of his car. It may have been a different brand, but it folded up very nicely. The rear wheel rolls forward and tucks up next to the front wheel. It was very high quality, nicer than the bikes that fold mid-frame. I had trouble keeping momentum with it though. It seemed to me that the small wheels didn’t let the bike coast as well as it would with larger wheels.

I do like the Amsterdam version from Electra, even though it won’t fold up. Bit of nostalgia for me there!
Your grandfather's bike sounds like one of the old Raleigh Compact RSW. IIRC they were made in Holland under license/or developed there. I like the Amsterdam from Electra but it is going to be useless in a great amount of the US due to the hills. Give me my Raleigh Superbe anyday

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hey aaron...

is that the bike from ebay?

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ke-24720.html?

i hadn't seen any posts related to it for awhile....

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hey aaron...

is that the bike from ebay?

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ke-24720.html?

i hadn't seen any posts related to it for awhile....

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Hi 2air',
Yes the Compact is the one from Ebay, it normally has a longer black seat post with a Brooks B-67 on it I was taking pictures of "the herd" the other day and wanted to make sure I had a couple of it in stock form.
It is a bit on the chilly side here so the bicycles get all the attention I just aquired a Dawes Galaxy frame set and a rare Sturmey-Archer FG hub to build me up a Club Racer...need to quit buying bicycle parts and get back to the Airstream!

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Birdy is a German company. The praises of their folders are either widely sung or horribly panned, depending on what folding bike affectionado you talk to. I've never had the opportunity to ride one, so I don't have a clue m'self. I think it's interesting that Airstream licensed Birdy rather than Green Gear Cycling of Oregon, the designers and manufacturer of Bike Friday (I DO have one of those...) Good quality folding bikes of whatever flavor are relatively expensive though, and in high demand.

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Birdy is a German company. The praises of their folders are either widely sung or horribly panned, depending on what folding bike affectionado you talk to. I've never had the opportunity to ride one, so I don't have a clue m'self. I think it's interesting that Airstream licensed Birdy rather than Green Gear Cycling of Oregon, the designers and manufacturer of Bike Friday (I DO have one of those...) Good quality folding bikes of whatever flavor are relatively expensive though, and in high demand.

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I have ridden several and to me the Brompton comes out on top...with a price to match. Any of the higher end folders are going to be expensive. At last check Bike Friday still had not released a true folder. They are definitely an excellent compact bicycle. Dahon has a good line, but like most of the ones I have tried the super compact 16" wheeled bikes are on the short side for me. Brompton is the only one that addresses the issue. I really think that the folders and Airstreams go together very well.

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Any idea what Birdie paid for a licensing fee? Any idea what Rich got as a discount for plugging their bikes? Nice looking bikes and very light with lots of aluminum and plastic. I however, did not see any rivets. How can it be an Airstream without rivets. Even Ford put 12 ceremonial rivets in their Airstream edition crossover RV.
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