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Making some changes to a Brompton.

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Regulator, 20 Nov 2016.

  1. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    I am soon to be the proud owner of an M6L. The only thing missing to make it perfect for me is a rear rack.

    Has anyone got any experience of fitting one? Is it relatively easy? I'm about as mechanically competent as a one pawed wombat.
     
  2. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

    Location:
    Manchester way
    Nice one, assuming 2nd hand or ex demo? if new and to spec then I'd let the factory or seller fit it.

    It is supposed to be something of a PITA of a job and requires a new rear mudguard too.

    As a stand when folded = another matter but I was never convinced of any great benefit as a luggage answer compared to the front luggage block and appropriate bag - Brommy expensive or home fettled, which also assists handling and damps that wee bit of skittishness out of the steering at higher speed.
     
  3. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography


    Second hand.... it's a 2007 model, so the rack will need to be retrofitted.
     
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  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Reg, with all sincerity I don't see you grappling on the dining room table with this one. Take it too the Brommie dealer in Cambs, pick it up when done and pay the bill :-)
     
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  5. Ian H

    Ian H Veteran

    My experience with a Brompton is that almost everything went in the huge front bag. If anything overhangs sideways on the rack it's likely to catch your heels.
     
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  6. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    I can strongly recommend a front bag as a great way to carry stuff. The downside of a rear rack is that luggage need removing to fold the bike, and that is much slower than taking the front bag off
     
  7. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    I'd second that. Since I got a front bag I've not used the rack.
     
  8. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    It comes with a T Bag on the front. I might look at a saddle bag instead of a rack.

    I do need to change the suspension block for a firm one.
     
  9. reppans

    reppans Active Member

    I love my rack, but it's primarily for rolling while folding in shopping cart / baby stroller mode, and I have the X-Roller mod for stability - it's allowed to me to stroll my bike through museums/zoos/malls, etc, including carrying my full touring gear in the T-Bag.
     
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  10. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

    Location:
    Manchester way
    The suspension block is dead easy.

    I think once you've used the T bag a couple of times the notion of a rack will leave you completely :smile:

    I like the latest saddle version a lot too, much nicer than the older style, not just as a carry handle but I rate it as a saddle for sitting on for distances too. If you've not got a particular favourite one in the shed you will put on, then I would commend that as an upgrade consideration too.
     
  11. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I'll be fitting a rack in the near future to mine, just for ease of mobility. X-roller possibly too.
     
  12. srw

    srw AGM 2008, Dykes medal 2011

    I've ridden Bromptons with racks for 20 years. I have never carried anything on one.

    If I ever get my 8-speed sorted I'll leave the rack on it so that it can be used for touring. I'm contemplating a new commuting bike without a rack.
     
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    A T-Bag will hold touring luggage for ten days. Just saying.
     
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  14. rvw

    rvw Über Member

    Location:
    Amersham
    Not quite true - I vividly remember the occasion you used it to take a large bowl of salad round as a contribution to a barbecue, pulled up in front of our hosts' house and proceeded, on autopilot, to fold the bike. With the bowl of salad still attached to the rack...
     
  15. srw

    srw AGM 2008, Dykes medal 2011

    OK. Once in twenty years.