Designed by German company Riese & Müller, the Birdy is now sold worldwide. It is manufactured by Taiwan's Pacific Cycles, who also brought you the popular CarryMe folding bike and CarryAll folding tricycle. It all started in 1992, when co-founder Markus Riese had a new idea for a folding bike. Before that, he and Heiko Müller, the other founder, were close friends who met in university and spent their free time converting bikes and optimising them to their own ideas and designs. Markus realised that if a bike was given full suspension, then the points of rotation could be used for folding as well.