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Brompton in Sheffield.....is 3 gears enough?

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Binka, 12 Nov 2017.

  1. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    A Brompton does seem an expensive way of avoiding a 25 minute walk, in all fairness.
    Personally I'd always go 6 speed if there's any chance at all you'll need them.
     
  2. Maenchi

    Maenchi StoneDog

    Location:
    Cornwall
    It's a climb up to park hill flats, re; your map, are they student accommodation now ? and depending on which route you go to Hallam you will encounter some steep gradients, I wouldn't like to ride the Sheffield streets with anything less than a full set of gears, ie; triple at the front 22/30/40 and 11~36 at the rear, or something similar, having the ability accelerate quickly could save your life on those roads.
     
  3. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    Just to possibly put a minor spanner in the works. Will you have somewhere secure you can leave the Brompton while you are on campus?

    I love my Brompton to bits but wouldn't relish lugging it around all day while I was in classes. If I didn't have somewhere secure to leave it, I would probably get two cheap s/h bikes and keep one at each end of my journey.
     
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    Binka

    Binka Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    If the only part of the commute was the 30min walk i appreciate it may not be worth it. But i will have just over an hour on the train prior to that. Cutting 40mins a day off a 3hr commute will be worth it. Plus my train gets in at 8:30 and if i have a 9am lecture to teach I dont want to cut it fine.
     
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    Binka

    Binka Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    And yes i will have an office to leave it in. Am a lecturer not a student.
     
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    Binka

    Binka Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    Anyway have decided on the six speed

    Just got to decide between ivory and turkish green now. ^_^
     
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  7. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Location:
    Knaresborough
    2017-10-15 15.51.51.jpg Turkish green! Here's my new bike enjoying a well earned pint.
     
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  8. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    Ooh, I'm feeling jealous. My Brompton was secondhand so I didn't get to choose the colour.
     
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    There is none more black
     
  10. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Why not have both?
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    Good decision on the six speed btw.
     
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  11. Kell

    Kell Senior Member

    Looks like I'm too late to the thread, but I'd have also advised 6-speed.

    Here's a handy chart to use:

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  12. Deafie

    Deafie Über Member

    Because it's not very far. Hardly worth unlocking the bike for. But if you're in a hurry.....