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How far on a brompton?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Paulus, 1 Apr 2008.

  1. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    Hi there, I am thinking of getting a brompton as I often start work at one location and finish at another. I use my road bike normally but the logistics of moving the bike is a bit fraught at times. The commute is 15 miles each way. Is this achievable on a brompton? milage on a "normal" road bike is not a problem.
     
  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    There's a lady I know of... considerably older than me and I'm no spring chicken... we were on a leisure ride. It was 50 miles. She did it on a Brommie with no problems.
     
  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
  4. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    Beyond belief:

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    That, my friend, is a very brave man at the end of an eighteen kilometer climb, 2114 metres up.

    A one-in-ten ascent.

    For nearly twenty clicks.

    On a foldy.

    Chapeau.
     
  5. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    So I can take it that a Brommie will fit the bill then. 3 or 6 gears? Cheers.
     
  6. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Make it a fixie
     
  7. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Have you thought about an Airnimal?

    They are less foldable than a Brommie, and lack that classic Brompton charm, but are a bit larger, and faster for a 15mile journey.

    Stay away from Dahon!
     
  8. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    How would you be transporting the bike? If the smallness of the fold is not so important then an Airnimal might be worth a look. Spa cycles have some very nice prices at the moment (just been reading the CTC mag on the crapper, they have an ad.)

    If the smallness of the fold is important then it'll be difficult to beat a Brompton.

    I've had both.
    But I wouldn't have done a TT on a Brompton, and I couldn't have smuggled the Airnimal on a bus.
     
  9. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    As for how far on a Brompton? sometimes I used it for my commute (9 miles) and the most I did in a day was about 50 miles while in France. Plenty people have done some pretty serious touring on 'em. They don't do hills so well. You can go up (see Spindrift's post), but I reckon it'd be hairy coming down.
     
  10. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Formerly Trikeman

    Location:
    London
    I don't think you'll have any problem doing that distance on a Brompton. Once you get used to the quick steering, they ride amazingly well given the small wheels. The main limitation is top speed, as the top gear isn't that high.
     
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Should be no trouble Paulus, go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Wobbles

    Wobbles Senior Member

    I regularly do that distance to and from work on my 2 speeder.
    Get the 6 speeder as the top gear is highest of the lot(2,3 &6). I constantly reach for a higher gear.
    6 gears - Specially if you're a fit rider, you'll be able to push along all day in top.
    Brilliant bikes - Sooooo useful.
     
  13. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Paulus, depending on how much up and down you are doing, consider getting the gearing changed to suit. I have a larger front cog than the standard Brommies have on my 6 gear which compensates to some extent for the lack of speed. But I wouldn't want to use it if I wasn't particularly strong or if I had a lot of hill work.
     
  14. leoc

    leoc New Member

    Location:
    London
    I've never ridden a folder, but I've seen a Dahon in the bike shed at work and it looked nice. What makes them worse than the other folders on the market?
     
  15. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I've seen plenty of people do the London to brighton on a Brompton