I’ve never heard of foldable bikes before 2009. I guess I was a late bloomer. It took a jaunt to a mall in Malaysia, where I was living at the time, where I saw a tourist couple get off their bikes, FOLD THEM, and roll them inside the mall to experience these magical things. I chased after them and asked them about their bikes. I went home and Googled about these bikes. I found out a local bike shop selling them in Kuala Lumpur and was torn between getting a Dahon Speed P8 and a Curve D3. I dragged Kuya Ed with me to the Rodalink shop in Bangsar and ended up having to choose between a Curve D3 or a Mu P8. I eventually got the Dahon Mu P8 and the rest is history.
I had a great time with the Mu P8 but it was quite large for me. I was still obsessing about a Brompton though, and in May 2010 I went to Singapore to pick up a new Apple Green Brompton M6R.
After the Brompton purchase, I went into a dark phase of buying bikes for absolutely no reason at all. These were all random expenses that were all emotional in nature. The fact that I moved to Singapore didn’t help either, because suddenly, more bike brands were available for me to choose from.
The first in this series was a single speed Pacific CarryMe. It’s small, light and zippy, but it didn’t get as much use as my other bikes.
Then I “inherited” my friend’s white Dahon Mu P24.
After that, a buddy who sells Peerless bikes in Manila showed me this PURPLE (my favorite color!!!) Peerless Aero-I. This is basically a China domestic copy of a Dahon Curve D3 complete with a 3-speed Sturmey Archer hub. It was a steal, so I got that as well.
I decided to sell of the most underutilized of the bikes: the CarryMe and the Mu P24. I was then left with two bikes… and then I decided to get this…My own Tikit! An Express Tikit custom built to my size! It cost an arm, a leg, my house, and the soul of my first child, but since it rides like a dream, it was all worth it!
The most recent purchase was this tiny 14″ for use whenever I’m in Manila — a GogoBike Vigor.