Birdy, CarryMe or iF Mode, which one do you want to try?

by chuwa on April 27, 2011

Updates 2011-05-25
We will pick the lucky winners on this Sunday during the Lovecycling Sunday Morning Ride.
Hurry up to add your comment below if you don’t want to miss the chance of trying one of these cool bikes for three days- free of charge.

So far I received 30 entries:
Interested in trying Birdy
Yeo Boon Chun
Benji Chan
Tay Chin Loong
Yee Chao a.k.a Banana_man

Interested in CarryMe
Zheng Han John
Derek Leong

Interested in IF MODE
Mike Kan
Clarence Chang
Steven Tang
Zack Tay
Jayvier Lee
Mike Zhan
Ahmaad zuhair
Evon Tan
Ivan see
Akbar Yunns
Bernard Sim
Shang Lee
Andrew Chew

I was very excited when I was presented with the opportunity to be the online reseller of Pacific-Cycles products in Singapore. It is not only because Pacific-Cycles make great bicycles, but George Lin, the founder, also known as the “Bicycle Professor in Taiwan”, is truly a passionate man with a vision. He believe that bicycle and cycling can play an important role in moving the society forward in a positive direction. For him bicycle is not just another business, it is a way of living a better life.


Meeting George Lin, 2010

I was introduced to George by Mark Sanders , designer of the popular Strida and the award winning iF Mode folding bike. Mark is my design hero and my senior in the Royal Collage of Art (London). He invented the Strida folding bicycle design when he was working on his final project in RCA. His vision of integrating bicycle with public transportation has gathered significant momentum over the last 20 years. This vision is shared between major folding bike brands like Dahon, Brompton and increasing number of smaller brands.

Two years ago I was fortunate to have a chance to meet face to face this legendary old-young man George. He is old considering his age of over 70, but he is as young and full of fire as any young man when talking about bicycle. He let me test ride his bicycles and early prototypes of eCarryMe. At that time I was planning to propose to my previous company (Philips) to consider investing into the bicycle industry. Philips has not (yet) make that move, instead I am investing myself into it.

To celebrate the come back of Pacific Cycles we are offering free trial for the lucky reader… YOU.
You can win a chance to try one of the new bikes for a whole 3 days for free!
There will be one winner for each model. Sign up by commenting below and provide the following:

1) Your contact email (won’t be seen by others)
2) Which model do you want to try?
3) What is your intended use of the bike?

I will pick the winner by the end of May. To be fair, I will make the lucky draw on one of the Lovecycling rides in front of the group. Please take a look below and see which model you will be interested to try and let us know:

CarryMe Specification


CarryMe sets a new benchmark in its category. It weighs only 8kg and will fit in a 91 x 30 x 27 cm bag in seconds, making it extremely easy to carry, transport, or store. It really shines, however, when you unfold and ride it. This is without a doubt the best solution to getting around the city without the hassles of waiting for traffic, looking for parking spots and paying for gasoline! Of course, you get a great workout at the same time and do your part to preserve the environment.

Birdy Specification


Weighing in at only 10.8kg, the Disc Break Birdy model is one of the lightest full suspension bikes on the market. Being so light, it is easy to lift, carry and ride. The cable-actuated disc brake system provides excellent stopping power in a neat and low-maintenance package.

iF MODE specification


IF Mode looks clean and sleek in MRT or in your office. It is aimed at commuters who may use public transport or their car for some of the journey. It performs on the street just like any lightweight full size bike. IF Mode has won 2008 Eurobike Award, iF Product Design 2009 Gold Award, and Taiwan Excellence Silver Award. Watch the video below to see why..

So what are you waiting for? Put your comment below to win a chance to try these wonderful bikes, for free!

(Note: this trial is only available in Singapore. You have to come in person to pick up the bike. A security deposit is required to ensure return of the bike)

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Kan April 28, 2011 at 2:13 am

1) Your contact email (won’t be seen by others)
2) Which model do you want to try? IF Mode
3) What is your intended use of the bike? a bike that can get me across short distances but allow me to pack it up in a friend’s car or cab in bad weather.


folder2 June 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

Hi Mike Kan,
Congratulation! You have won the if MODE free trial for three days! (see details in my mail from chu(dot)francis(at)gmail(dot)com


Mike Kan June 2, 2011 at 1:28 am

Thanks! Have not received the email yet, but looking forward to getting a trial of it! πŸ™‚


folder2 June 2, 2011 at 8:37 am

let me resend that mail. please check your SPAM folder, just in case.


Clarence Chang April 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

i wan try the IF Mode….look very cool…..which able for me to fold and travel to other country easily which my mtb i using now is hard to pack and have to cycle all the way whenever i go….also hope that i can keep it for good πŸ™‚


taiwoon April 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

Wohhhoo.. George Lin is like the father of folding bike in Taiwan… cool!
Keep on going Francis!


Steven Tang April 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

Hi there! I wanna try the IF Mode! I think it’s a very well designed vehicle. But I have some questions: What’s the maximum weight it can carry? Can it be fitted with rack/s for touring? Have gears or single speed? Is it SMRT approved?


chuwa April 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thanks Mike, Clarence, TaiWoon and Steven.
The iF MODE fit into the SMRT guide line (114cm X 64cm X 36cm)
Dimensions Folded: 102cm(H) x27cm(W) x 66cm(L)
Weight 14.7kg
Weight limit 85kg
It doesn’t have a rack accessory.


Steve April 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

I want to try out the Birdy, and I intend to use it for road/pcn rides! With the flexibility to fold and take public transport, it allows me to explore more places.


Zack Tay April 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

The structure of the IF Mode is something different from common MTB.
How durable is the bike with a single fork and single tube frame without seat stays? How compact and flexible can the bike fold?
It will be also be interesting to try carrying a fold full size bike around.


chuwa April 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Hi Zack, I also not sure of the strength of the special structure. But Pacific Cycles is a very reputable brand and I do trust George Lin. πŸ™‚
I believe that may be the reason the rated rider weight is 85kg, not >100kg.


Yeo Boon Chun April 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I was impressed by Birdy when I started searching to buy a foldable bike. In fact its was my top no.1 choice. However due to the affortablity, I did not get it. The specs is really good. People like my weight cannot take CarryMe, it surely an ideal choice for bringing into MRT (my initial objective – to commute and carry around in public transport to work). Two thumbs up for the IF Mode. Cycling on it sure attracts lots of attention…sweet!! I really wanted to “test-ride/fold” the Birdy with a combination of folding & commute in MRT and riding in LoveCyclingSG rides


Jayvier Lee April 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Love to try the IF mode bike to have a different experience as it able to bring into the MRT & Buses.

Intended usage to ride to school without having to take/transfer bus which can save up to 15 minutes to avoid the waiting time during peak period where traffic is heavy.
Allow me to explore more places in Singapore without having to cycle from my house which save time and energy.
Allow me to also travel short distances to buy the stuff i need from neighborhood area shopping mall yet don’t have the need to worry about bicycle getting stolen.


Mark April 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Francis – this is awsome (and thank you for your kind words) !

We share a similar dream – that cycling as THE most efficient transport system, especially in urban areas – will gain the respect of the population as a whole. To paraphrase Steve Jobs: the bicycle is The Best ‘Human-Amplifier’ . Mark


chuwa April 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Thank you Mark! I totally agree.
I am convinced that the growing trend of bicycle in urban environment is the ‘short cut’ passage to a better future, in terms of : 1) better economy, less wastage 2) better health – improve quality of life and lower healthcare cost 3) cleaner air 4) less noisy street 5) more integrated local community.
Can’t think of another simple change that can have so many sustainable benefits!


Mark April 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

…… Fold it up and roll-it with you : into shops, offices etc and for longer Journeys: on Buses, Trains and even car trunks !


Mike Zhan April 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

2) iF MODE looks very clean.
3) To travel and definitely to showcase to my friends and associates at SmartSpace =) Amazing stuff.

Let’s use it to inspire other designers to collaborate and think about mobility and simplicity to solve problems. I thought about other concept bikes too, like a Taurus, or a three wheeler bike with recycleable wheels.


Ahmad zuhair April 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I want to try the IF mode as it is super cool and sleek and its like a transformer…I would use the bike for my commute to school as it pains me to risk my MTB getting stolen and be exposed to the harsh weather.It could maybe even use it at a lovecycling ride!
The list of possibilities is endless~


Zheng Han John April 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I find the CarryMe a very optimum transport for my daily route from home to school, and extremely interested in the folding mechanism of the bicycle and how the smaller wheels compare to the more traditional larger ones. Another thing is that this bicycle is easy to store in school (lockers and studios)and don’t need the hassle of locks and what not.


Clare April 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

3) To bomb Singaporean roads tweeting at cars with bike pride. Ha! It will most likely accompany me on certain overseas trips as well! πŸ™‚ (Along with Totobobo, if I visit India. HAHA) Cheers!


Clare April 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

*especially* if i visit India. the prospect of in-flight germs from a ill row-mate is enough to induce mask-carrying paranoia. lol.


chuwa April 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Gan April 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hi, may i know which place in singapore got sell birdy bicycle? ard the west side or central so i can cycle home after the purchase .. thx


Brandon April 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Bike : CarryMe
Intended use : Cycle to school! Let my schoolmates go WOW πŸ™‚


Ruslan April 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

I remember seeing iF in some innovation-related news not long ago, and now it’s in Singapore. Wow!


Benji Chan April 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I will go for the Birdy for riding to work and exercise. πŸ˜€


folder2 June 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

Hi Benji Chan,
Congratulation! You have won the Birdy free trial for three days! (see details in my mail from chu(dot)francis(at)gmail(dot)com


Evon Tan May 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

2) iF MODE
3) Help to wean me off the car


Cindy May 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm


I would like to enquire on the JZ88 folding bike… what is the distance from the saddle to the handlebar?

My apology to use this space for this enquiry..


Francis May 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Both the handlebar and the saddle can be slightly adjusted. The distance from the saddle to the handlebar is between the range from 50~70CM.


Cindy May 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hi Francis, I have registered to try 7 days for JZ88 ASAP but seemed to receive just an auto-reply, is this arrangement still available?


Kenny May 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

First, thanks for having this event, i would like to try the Birdy,

I would use it for my daily transport as much as possible.
During weekend leisure ride from my house in town to Changi to and fro, with the suspensions of the bike, that will ease the uncomfortableness from the long hours of riding.

I would also like to use it when i go photo taking, since it’s foldable, i can explore more places with it and eventually do my part for the environment but cutting down on carbon footprint πŸ˜€


Cheong May 13, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Hi, I would like to try the IF Mode.

Currently, the only problem with using the bike to replace my car is afraid of it being stolen when left outside the building. To begin with, believe that with the IF Mode, I can wheel it anywhere I want to go as it doesn’t look like a bike once folded. So no worries with the security personnels at the building, cos some will tell you “no bikes allowed” in the building : )


Jenny May 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm


Do you sell the accessories for the CarryMe bike?


Ivan see May 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I would love to have the IF Mode if it’s within my budget. I have the jz88 but for longer distances, it’s a bit of a stretch to cycle, not that it’s impossible.. but with IF, I think it’s perfect complement to my jz for the weekend exercise.. and hell it will turn heads!


Akbar Yunus May 16, 2011 at 1:15 am

I would like to try the IF Mode

I know that IF Mode is something I cannot afford for a very long time. However, being able to ride on it to see how it compares with other bikes would be a privelege. I am pursuing a degree in Industrial Design and I hope that I am given a chance to just try this wonderful creation – a seamless integration of science, engineering and art.


Bernard Sim May 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

IF is very well designed. But I know the price is more than $3000. It is the most expensive foldable bike in the world followed by Brompton. How many gears? Is it internal geared or external geared? The big wheel design is good. I like it. If the weight could be reduced to 10kg it is definitely a buy for everybody. Since I cannot afford such high price, may be I look for secondhand.


pest May 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Definitley trial a IP-mode for me …… pls !!!


pest May 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

apologies ….. it’s IF-mode ……. i presumme IP-mode is the next model (haha)


LIM May 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

1) Your contact email (won’t be seen by others)
2) Which model do you want to try?
3) What is your intended use of the bike?

I would like to try iF Mode.
Intended use will be for exercising and weekend leisure rides.


Shang Lee May 17, 2011 at 2:45 am

I have the JZ as well but would love to try out IF. Looks too sleek. πŸ™‚ Is it heavier than JZ?


Eunice May 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

(2) I love the iF Mode!!! It looks so sleek and cute, so convenient and when unfolded, almost like a conventional bike!
(3) I want to have a chance to ride more often, near my home at the parks, as a stepping stone to being more confident in my cycling skills, and eventually achieve my ultimate goal of joining my friends for some of their cycling trips and events.


Tay Chin Loong May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

2 – I would choose to try out the birdy . Normally the full suspension foldable bikes on the market do not perform well and will be spoil after a few months . I would like to try out and see how the birdy performs, not to mention it can be folded to quite a small size too !

2- I would cycle to school everyday , Cycle to my friend’s house for a round of computer gaming , and try how the bike can perform in urban areas.


Andrew Chew May 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Very interested in the IF mode. Have been eyeing it for a while. At first I was looking around and couldn’t find any local bicycle shops carrying this bicycle. I thought of going to Taiwan to check this out. Just found that there is one here. This is great.


Yee Chao a.k.a Banana_man May 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

i will like to try the Birdy… commute to work everyday by bicycle and the supensions of the bike looks very suitable for the route that i am taking everyday… πŸ™‚ looking forward to get a ride on it if ever… πŸ™‚



Lee May 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi, I would like to try to CarryMe because I am only 43kg and anything more than 10kg is simply too heavy for me to carry!

I got a 5 year old toddler and I am currently looking for a foldable bicycle which is light and fulfills LTA regulations so that I can bring my gal around destinations not near to MRT stations (eg, her enrichment classes, her cousin’s home, the beach which she loves!) without waiting for a long time to switch to different buses.

Which of course means that I will need to install an additional seat for her so that she can view the world from the prime seat at the front of the bicycle.

Thanks for the opportunity!



folder2 June 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi Lee,
Congratulation! You have won the CarryMe free trial for three days! (see details in my mail from chu(dot)francis(at)gmail(dot)com


Derek Leong May 29, 2011 at 12:30 am

Hi Francis,

Please count me in for the draw to try the CarryMe DS.

I would like to have a smaller foldie as I will be trial-using it to cycle between my work facilities (I work in a company with mutiple sites). My current bike is too cumbersome to bring up and down the stairs.


Al June 1, 2011 at 8:33 am

Linked your blog Francis to an article I wrote recently abt the Carry Me. Congrats on taking on the dealership. Pacific makes really good bikes!


Reynard June 10, 2011 at 12:45 am

Hi,i would like to try te carryme because i feel its the most suitable bike for my whole family. We will enjoy cycling together evrywhere as i will be able to fit four of these in the family car!


Zac Chee April 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’m all about being eco, recycling, saving of electricity, anti air-conditioning user, who wants to do whatever I could as a concern mankind to our environment and mother earth and the future of our humanity offspring. I had gone vegetarian to stop carbon emitting and encouraging every single one I could come across bringing across the importance of being Eco friendly and communicate the correcty social problems and correct mindset towards doing out parts for our future. I WOULD LOVE TO PROMOTE ZERO TRANSPORTATION DEALING WITH CARBON EMITTING AND USING RESOURCES THAT ARE LESS CONDUSIVE YET EASY TO USE LIKE iF MODE TRANSPORT CYCLE. Would spread across every message throu all means like I have already done on my msn towards ONE WORLD, ONE ECO FRIENDLY WORLD.


Sardjono May 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I want to try Birdy

Intend to use it for leisurely ride in the Park Connector Networks (East)


Kate Tan May 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm


I will like to give CarryMe or IF mode a try. I live near where i work and on the city fringe. Would really like to test ride the bikes to give it a go. I am looking for a foldie bike to purchase. Cheers.


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