Rolling a folded Brompton, what am I doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by areyouactuallymoving, 9 Oct 2018.

  1. areyouactuallymoving

    areyouactuallymoving Active Member

    I cannot work out how to roll my Brompton when folded. I have tried leaving handlebars up, using saddle to push (which usually means the handlebars pop out) and replaced the stock wheels with Eazy Wheels, but still cannot roll the damn thing. So what's the secret?

    It's an M6L if that makes any difference.

  2. Brocky49

    Brocky49 Regular

    South Somerset
    Saddle post must pushed all the way down to lock the fold, otherwise the whole thing comes apart. Push with handlebars upright and, if necessary, you can leave the bag in situ.
    I hope that helps.
    I'm a newbie to the Brompton and I've owned an M6L for about 6 weeks.
  3. u_i

    u_i Active Member

    The seat post must be slightly up - otherwise it acts as a brake.
  4. OP

    areyouactuallymoving Active Member

    OK, thanks.

    I will try lifting seat post out today, and using handlebars again.

  5. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    Could you do a video of what is happening - that could help us diagnose what is wrong?

    If the handlebars are unclipping when you don't want them to, the angle of the female part that they clip into may need adjusting slightly.
  6. ukoldschool

    ukoldschool Well-Known Member

    I had an issue with mine not rolling properly, the front wheel spokes were hitting the sturmey archer chain 'indicator' thingy, I googled it and it is a common problem but easily solved by unscrewing this bit and putting it back upside down...

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  7. kais01

    kais01 Regular

    i have found it easier to pull the brompton on my left side, it somehow steers better then. have stem extended, and grab bars centrally just by the stem, just lift it slightly and roll it on the easy-wheels.

    rear easywheels i do not use, and the rackless version does not have them.
    Last edited: 21 Apr 2019
  8. Kell

    Kell Über Member

    I’ve never successfully managed it with mine so I gave up.

    It’s even harder now as the single mudguard wheel had pretty much seized.

    The only people I’ve seen do it easily have the luggage rack.
  9. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I ended-up adding the luggage rack for that very reason.
    I have seen a very nice non-Brompton brand rack that looks very light (and more stylish) with good clearance for easy rolling....just can’t find the link right now :-(

    A google ‘lightweight brompton rear rack’ brings up several alternatives.
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  10. Kell

    Kell Über Member

  11. Tenkaykev

    Tenkaykev Well-Known Member

    I drilled the rivet out with mine and replaced it with a short bolt with a nyloc nut. The mudguard wheel rotated freely afterwards but I eventually replaced it with a larger double wheeled version from ebay.
  12. Kell

    Kell Über Member

  13. Kell

    Kell Über Member

    Is this recent? I wonder how it's holding up.

    I had to replace my rear mudguard earlier this year as the bit that the single wheel attaches to had cracked (ages ago) and eventually the crack worked its way all the way around the plate holding the wheel.

    When I removed the rear mudguard, the wheel fell off into my hands. Pretty sure if was only dirt holding it in place.
  14. T4tomo

    T4tomo Veteran

    Given it takes 2 ticks to unfold and it rolls very easy on its wheels, it's not an non issue surely.

    To roll it folded you've half unfolded it anyway by doing the handle bars
  15. Kell

    Kell Über Member

    I must admit, I take mine off the train, walk about five feet and unfold it so it's ready to ride. I don't understand people that carry theirs any further than that, but each to their own.

    I think some people do use it in 'shopping trolley' mode though inside a supermarket. Though again, I either lock mine up outside (if just popping in), fold it and carry it with me, if it's a small shop, or fold it and stick it in a trolley.
    Fab Foodie likes this.
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