Brompton tyres sucking the life out of me

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by ianrauk, 16 Nov 2017.

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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Does neither
     
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  2. Sounds more like the bike than the tyres to me.

    I can understand they might be useful for certain occasions but have never fancied getting one myself.

    Are you doing short trips or decent mileage?
     
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  3. T4tomo

    T4tomo Über Member

    me to, but nit sure you'll notice so much of a difference to change new to new, being a tight Yorkshireman, Id just replace them with standard Ms when they wear out.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    25 mile round trip daily
     
  5. You need a good road bike for that kind of distance :whistle:
     
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    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    I'm surprised you remember what riding a bike is Pots ;)
     
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  7. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    One of the advantages of a Brompton is a choice of handlebars, isn't it? Is it the S bar which is thought to be lowest/most aero?

    Sorry. I thought you said it was slow and doing your nuts in.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Nut - head
     
  9. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

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    Go on you must be bored of tripping over the other 6 by now.
     
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  10. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

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    Bonce? Swede?
     
  11. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Bicycles built for speed and distance have big wheels, so I suspect the laws of physics mean there's no way to cure your problem while the bike has 16" wheels.

    I think you have a six-speed?

    On any view you are a strong cyclist, so it would be interesting to see how you would get on with a two-speed Brommie on Kojak slicks.

    What I can't think of is any financially viable way of carrying out that experiment.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Thing is my commute is broken up by a train journey hence being forced into buying a Brompton. I may start to look at other options like 20"ers
     
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    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Yup 6 speed. And that's another thing. I just can't find a comfortable cruising gear out of the 6. They are all either too high or too low, no good inbetween.
     
  14. My default tyres on 16" wheels are Marathons. I gave up on M+ after getting 3 punctures on them and taking the best part of an hour each time to get them on made me murderous. Kojaks are good but a rubbing brake will cut through the sidewalls before you notice there's a problem (DAMHIKT) and a discard Stanley blade will cut through them like butter (DAMHIKT, either)

    There's nothing inherently slow about 16" wheels, btw.
     
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  15. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    As mentioned, wind resistance from the more upright riding position of the Brommie is the major issue speedwise, not tyre rolling resistance.

    Also, rear wheel removal on a a Brommie is not that great a faff compares to any other hub geared bike.
     
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