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Big fella folders

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by GAVSTER, 6 Apr 2008.

  1. GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    Now living too far to commute in direct by bike I wanna have a go at the cycle - train - cycle option.

    I really like the option of a Brompton but I am (at the moment) heavier than the 110kg limit. Nearer 120kg in fact.

    I have got both a Dawes Galaxy and a Cannondale Badboy. Apart from bigger tyres on the Cannondale they've stood up to my considerable weight without problem

    Whadyareckon guys? Can I get away with it?
     
  2. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Location:
    Bugbrooke UK
    You'll probably survive. If you join the BromptonTalk forum on Yahoo groups and post the question there I think you'll find a few who've been "overloading" for years.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    Thanks for that. BTW - I am over 6ft tall. Will I need the extended seatpost?

    Any views on the most suitable model for a five mile to station - two miles the other end trip.

    The first part of the journey is really quite flat with just a wee hill to climb before the station and there is a steep but short - 1/2 a mile climb on the way home.

    I like the look of the flat-barred S version but think the M three speed hub version would be better.

    Happy to be disabused of these novice views.

    Also - while I'm here. Advcie on the best Brommie dealer in East Scotland?

    Many thanks
     
  4. OP
    OP
    GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    Joined BromptonTalk forum - very interesting.

    Still very happy to get advice on the stuff above.

    Particularly on the best Scottish dealer advice.

    Gav
     
  5. Wobbles

    Wobbles Senior Member

    Hey Gavster,
    I'm 6'1" and found the extended seatpost was too short so went for the extra seatpost insert. It sticks out about 5"(fnarrr!:biggrin:) and doesn't cause any inconvenience - just an extra lever to flick when folding, but no problem at all.

    I'm 85kgs so can't advise on the weight issue, though sometimes have had rucksacks on which I swear weigh 30kgs!!!;)


    Good luck:smile:
     
  6. OP
    OP
    GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    Thanks Wobbles,

    I will have a proper test ride before parting with the cash but your advice is very welcome.
     
  7. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    if it's only two miles the other end, why not get a cheap old rubbish bike and leave it there? there are plenty around (freecycle/tip) that are invisible to thieves.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    It's an idea - but the advantage of a folder is storage at work.
     
  9. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    Bromptons are tough little machines and although you are above the recommended weight limit, I would still ride the Brommie. However, your take on perceived risk may well be different to mine.

    If you're over 6ft go for the telescopic post. I'm 6" 2' and the extended post was too short for comfortable leg extension. However, without knowing your measurements, you might be able to get away with the extended post.

    The 3 speed will give you a lower climbing gear for the steep hill. I'd go with that. The extra weight of the hub gear is not really an issue given your size...!

    I prefer the S-type bars, but thats my preference for a more aerodynamic position. You might like the choices afforded by the P-type bars more.

    I'd also make sure your brakes are properly adjusted...
     
  10. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    I note you are in Edinburgh. Before lashing out on a Brompton, have you checked whether your Galaxy / Canondale can go on the train. I cycle - train - cycle every day from Edinburgh to Glasgow with a normal road bike at peak times. Scotrail is remarkably good at bike carriage.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    I'll need to update my profile.

    I'm in Fife now.

    Scotrail are fine with trains but the reason for the folder is storage.

    I've had two bikes either stolen or seriously vandalised over the last two years and the idea of something I can keep on hand is attractive.

    I intend to cycle into Edinburgh on the 'dale once or twice a week so I can get under the brommie weight limit asap :-)
     
  12. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    a freecycle bike doesn't mind being left out all day:biggrin:
     
  13. OP
    OP
    GAVSTER

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fife
    True - what would worry me would be coming back to aid bike and it having gone for a walk ;-) Followed by a long walk for me.

    I admit it might just be that I have a compulsion to buy something else that is shiny but I think that I'm more likely to use it every day if I don't have an excuse not to.
     
  14. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    Forget Bromptons if you are big and tall and buy a Birdy.

    And that is both personal and professional experience
     
  15. Wee-man

    Wee-man Active Member

    I'm 6'6" and weigh over 17 stone and cycle a Brompton six speed with telescopic seatpost and a Birdy touring folder; both nae problem!

    The brommie is one tough little bike and I've seen bigger blokes than me on them. As long as you take care when riding and don't hop on and off pavements then you shouldn't break the frame.

    Other folders to consider are the Pashley Moulton seperable and the Koga-Miyata Founder.