My Brompton pics

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by 12boy, 3 Feb 2019.

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  1. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Here's some pictures of my Brompton. You can see my security system (see sticker on frame) noodle on front brake, QR on handle post, home made $5 seat bag, two front chainrings on a 110 BCD crank with 58/38 and Velo Orange model 6 saddle. Sometimes it is nice to see how someone else has set things up. Oh, that is a 3 speed Sturmey shifter which works fine with the 2 speed shifter on the rear wheel.
     

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  2. Happy69

    Happy69 Regular

    Cool brompton
     
  3. FolderBeholder

    FolderBeholder Well-Known Member

    Love the sticker.
     
  4. fossala

    fossala Veteran

    Location:
    Cornwall
    QR on the handlebar :eek:
     
  5. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Front derailleur by Clark's I presume.
     
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  6. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

    Bar ends improve an S-type immeasurably.
     
  7. cheys03

    cheys03 Well-Known Member

    Looks good! Love the shifter, very neat

    Other footwear brands are available.
    It’s quite common to do the double chainring without a derailleur, shifting to the small ring becomes second nature. Shifting back up requires greater skill, usually with a convenient stick.

    Yeah this is a bit odd with a straight bar, presume the levers and bar ends have a ‘ride’ and ‘fold’ position by rotating the bars?
     
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    12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Nah, I lost the odd sized stem bolt and had a QR. The bar ends rub hard on the tire when folded and actually hold just fine. Thanks to those who liked my little mule.
     
  9. Kell

    Kell Über Member

    I was trying to think of the things I've done to mine.

    First off was the bars. Removed the upright M/H bars and went for a low-rise wider bar with bar ends.

    Then I think it might have been the Joseph Kusoac rear suspension block. Which is w-a-a-a-a-a-y firmer than the firm Brompton block.

    Then a new Shimano Bottom Bracket.

    Then Swisssop pads.

    Then a new (lime green) Brompton saddle.

    And this weekend, I replaced both mudguards with black edition versions after my rear one broke completely.

    I'll try and get some pics this weekend.
     
  10. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Part of me loves Brompton and I could do with one in my life.

    But the handlebars look cheap and any Brompton luggage isn’t even as sexy as Auntie Molly’s bloomers. Some of the new paint jobs are getting there, but really they need an update.
     
  11. Kell

    Kell Über Member

    I have to say, before I got mine, I felt they were very old-fashioned. I only seemed to see them in British Racing Green with Brooks saddles.

    There's nothing wrong with that (if you like that sort of thing), but I didn't. Hence I ended up with a succession of other folding bikes.

    On the one hand, I'm pleased I waited for mine because the colours were better and it has the uprated brakes, but on the other hand, it's the bike I should have bought originally as I wasted so much money on inferior bikes that were literally worthless when they broke.
     
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    12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    I had seen bike friday pocket rockets whipping around the bike paths in Denver, Co when we visited family. Intrigued, I tried some at a Denver lbs and didn't like them at all. Went in another shop where I encountered Bromptons about which I had never heard. At the time I rode fixed gear bikes with low bars and tried a single speed red and black S type without fenders. I liked it and bought it along with one of those big shopping bags for the front. They had a dark green but it was an M6 and a tan one which reminded me of changing diapers. So I bought the red one, although red aint my favorite. In retrospect, an X would have been better. I doubt there is another in Wyoming where I live. In the 60+ years I've ridden bikes it is one of my favorites, along with a Witcomb Superlite, a Fuji track, a Surly Steamroller and a Holdsworth Special. Because the low top tube makes it so easy to get on and off it will probably the last one I ride when too old and decrepit to ride anything else.
     
  13. FolderBeholder

    FolderBeholder Well-Known Member

    The low tube and standover height was also a big Brompton motivator for me after a total hip replacement I cant swing my leg over larger, more standard bikes. I have three folders now...

    The Brompton also tickles my fancy for the odd, and unusually engineered.
     
  14. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I will add that in snowy weather the Brommie is my ride of choice. When it slides away from under you, there's a lot less of it to tangle you up as you hit the deck.
    The T-Bag might look deeply uncool, but it's the best luggage solution I've ever had on a bike. I've toured for ten days using it.
     
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    12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Tbags do not look uncool. They do, however, look like they belong on the quirky little devil.
     
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