Brompton tyres sucking the life out of me

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

  1. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Mate of mine has a couple of old Moultons, not sure of the wheel size, but on the one he has with drop bars/derailer gears he seems able to keep the pace with road bike riders.
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  2. Well, exactly

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  3. OP

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti

    I've actually got bar ends for my handle bars - S-Type. Though as I only do a short daily commute I haven't bothered to fit them yet.
  4. Kell

    Kell Senior Member

    I'm not sure the wheel size is the major problem.

    I moved to a Brompton from a full size folding Dahon with 26" wheels. The Brompton is neither faster nor slower in the grand scheme of things.

    It does suffer on poor road surfaces however as the smaller wheels are more affected by potholes, bumps, dips etc.

    Mine is a standard six speed and I use 4th for setting off, 5th for most pedaling up to about 20mph and 6th for downhills and tailwinds.

    Just for the record, I'm 45 and 16 stone, so I think I'm also in that camp.
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  5. Kell

    Kell Senior Member

  6. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

    Carnaby Street
    Yes mine to - a 5 mile ride to the nearest Oyster station and then the same from mainline station. Flat/folding pedals also made it harder as i'm used to SPD on all the other bikes, but the requirement for office shoes means i can't/don't have the luxury of swappng them over.

    Edit: The underground states the bike must be folding and under 20" wheel size, so you're not limited to just Bromptons. Never had an issue using mine all over London
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  7. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    I've recently slicked up my old redundant mtb as I have a new one for the trails. It will now be a town/crap weather bike. I put 26x 2.0 kojaks on it. They have a running range of 30 - 70 psi iirc. The most uncomfortable ride I've ever had. At 60psi like concrete, at 40psi better but still way harsh.
  8. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Loaf? Noggin?
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  9. Kell

    Kell Senior Member

    Northumberland = Nappa.
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  10. OP

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti

    Thanks for that @Kell , I'll look at getting one of those. Even though the block I do have is a 'firm' one, it still is a little bouncy.

    Though, one thing I will say about the Brompton is that it is a nice comfy ride. The saddle seems to suite me too.
  11. Kell

    Kell Senior Member

    I find it especially useful at higher RPMs where the short cranks and bouncy ride contribute to a lot of bobbing.

    I have to say that I was expecting the ride to be much harsher, but to be honest I can't really tell the difference and I certainly don't miss the old suspension block. For anyone that wants to make their Brompton a little quicker I'd definitely recommend one.
    Last edited: 17 Nov 2017
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  12. subaqua

    subaqua Guru

    Foodie nails it in the first reply .

    HTFU .... as per Rule 5.
  13. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Ergons on my S type B
  14. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Keep a bike at both ends?
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  15. OP

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    No chance. If I did then it would have to be a clunker to leave overnight locked to racks. I do not do clunkers and leaving a bike overnight in SE London, well...
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