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But ... don't you have to pedal more? No. It's all in the gearing.
mileco:Mark,It is indeed a silver one. I take it you saw it somewhere before?I'm also certain now that I'm going to get the Eazy Wheels and rear hinge clamp. After a quick search for inline skates that would work, I think I'll go with the Brompton part. Other adds will be a bag (T or C) and a Brooks saddle (B-6X).
bikingbill:Why not? The wheels are tough and the Brompton has the cargo capacity.I'd opt for the smaller chainring option, but that's just me :-)
bikingbill:Yeah .... With the reduced gearing your range is 29-87 gear inches, as oppose to 33-99 gear inches with the standard gearing.29 Gear inches on non-recumbent is just fine for just about any hill.
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mulleady06-30-09, 01:57 AMI've finally saved up and had my Brompton modified to the kind of spec I always wanted. I went to Fudge Cycles in Kensal Rise London Please pm me if you want details of the bike shop or you can Google it). The owner Andrew has a real can-do attitude and is a major UK Dahon dealer who started stocking Bromptons recently. He even has the Go cycle which ones doesn't often see in both its electric and normal forms! After some discussion Andrew was up for the mods and ended up doing a superb job. I guess Andrew can be added along with Steve Parry (UK) and Julianna Neuss (Germany) as serious Brompton modder now! The Alfine works a dream on the Brompton. Details as follows:1) An 8 speed Shimano Alfine hub. I love the silent and smooth shifting of this hub and it can achieve a very nice range with the right chainset. The range on my Brompton is now 28"-101" which is pretty respectable. Pound for pound the Alfine hub is as good as it gets.2) A front Son dynamo hub to power the rear light and a new Lumotec IQ Fly Senso front light which has great luminosity and uses an life-long LED emitter rather than a bulb.. I'm really pleased with the power of the Son hub and the Lumotec light has a great beam for a dynamo driven light at night. Both front and rear lights have built in capacitors and standing lights when stationary.3) Added new Shimano brake levers and Koolstop brake pads.The brakes on the newer Bromptons are better but there was always room for improvement to make them a little more responsive.4) I intend to add a Titanium seatpost to complement the raw lacquer more but it also has the small bonus of taking around 1kg off the total weight of the bike. The mods added only a marginal amount of weight. My aim was a highly specced Brompton rather than a featherweight one. I'm happy to carry 11-12kg for shot bursts and the bike rolls very nicely on the Eazy wheels anyway!Above the Alfine grip shifter adapted to my Ergon grip on the right-hand side.The adapted alfine hub. As usual the rear triangle was stretched to allow this mod.The front Son Dynamo hub which is specially made for smaller wheeled folding bikes such as the Brompton and it's incredibly efficient.The Lumotec IQ Fly which is far superior to the standard front Dynamo light Brompton supply. Highly recommended!The revised chainset.And finally below the bike folds perfectly as ever and I'm still allowed in premises such as pubs for a nice refreshment!
Folding Bike of Death - sold - $50 (Clairemont)Date: 2012-01-19, 9:34AM PSTReply to: email@example.com [Errors when replying to ads?]Sold! That was quick. But I'll leave the posting until it expires since it seemed popular.Are you a depressed cyclist? Want to kill yourself but you don't know how? Well you're in luck! I have a bicycle that is perfect for suicidal riders! I have this fine Dahon folding bike for sale. When I bought it, I knew that it was a killer and I laughed in the face of death and rode it anyway. The problem, which I am making explicitly clear to you so that you know what you're getting into is the following. This bike must have at one point in time (before I owned it) had a proper safety arrangement. It does not now. Now it has an unsafety arrangement. It must have once had gears but now it is a "fixie". Oh yes, hipster, you will be granted full fixie street cred and more because this is not your average stupid dangerous fixie. This is a completely suicidal idiotic fixie! You will be so cool! Maybe you could get tri spoke wheels for it and paint it lime green. But I digress. Some clever previous owner took off the gears and with it the derailleur and with that the chain tensioner. Ah. The chain tensioner! See, this fine vehicle has a rear swing arm suspension like a masculine virile motorcycle (seriously, you will be so cool on this thing). You can see from the photos that the swing arm pivot is not exactly centered axially with the crank spindle. What does this mean? Well, every time you go over a bump (or just hop up and down excitedly) the distance from the rear axle to the crank spindle changes a wee bit. How wee? Well not quite wee enough to always reliably keep the chain on. No chain, you say, big deal, chains are for sissies anyway, right? Well, turns out that the chain is kind of critical for making the coaster brake actually feel like engaging. That's right, by design, this bike is set up to lose its brake pretty much when you most need it. Cool! But hey, isn't that a front brake there in the photo? Yes it is. That is what I added to mitigate the danger and prolong my lifespan a bit. But be warned, it's a V-brake ($12 from Amazon) and an old lever I had lying around (not for a V-brake). Uh oh. Yup. So the front "brake" is more of a slowing tool than an actual brake per se. It's good enough to take off some speed while you scout out some relatively comfortable bushes to bail into.That said I am selling this fine machine for only $50 and I anticipate that while a stupid person could enjoy it as is, a clever person could actually make this bike safe again. What's cool about this bike and the reason I got it was that after my roof rack got ripped off from near a major university with no parking, I was able to use this bike and just put it in my car in about 3 seconds. That was just folding it in half, but if you're really tight for space, this bike really folds down like a squirrel under a car tire. If that sounds like it'd solve your problem, this is a good frame to start with. Send me an email if you're interested. Thanks.
Hans:Over the weekend, I went with Cycloexplorer, his wife, brother, and girlfriend to explore hot springs around Ensenada. Good times.
Sam:I wonder if Hans and Mark can be equally blamed for the folding bike explosion.Here is one seen in Balboa Park by Juan
markphilips:It has 20 inch wheels. So it has a bigger fold...
bikingbill:I'm wary of an aluminum frame folder for someone my size :face-devil-grin:But Alfine 11? SWEET.
bikingbill:I'm wary of an aluminum frame folder for someone my size :face-devil-grin:But Alfine 11? SWEET.It's crazy, the advancements made in aluminum/magnesium alloys these past few years. Knowing the quality of build with Dahons, you would be an excellent test rider testimonial for Dahon, with all your knowledge!
markphilips:It is a very tight clearance between the front chain-ring and the current hinge flat head screws. Our Bromptons haven't had any visible loose hinges. Russ has had the BB come loose on the right side a year or two ago whereas Laura Crawford's Brompton has been problem free. At least, from what I can remember. they have been riding their Bromptons together. So I have to wonder why Russ' Brompton has had more issues with parts getting loose...
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What kind of saddle bag have you got there. Is that a Carradice or a Zimbale? I've been considering getting a saddle bag and am doing a little research. Any thoughts? Did you buy the bag specifically for the Bromton?
I like the images from the train and Torrey Pines beach. That's the way to roll brother! Sunny days and easy multi-modal commuting, doing an end run around traffic hassles and enjoying yourself to boot. Ha! Nicely done.