Unusual events that have paralysed your Brompton

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by avole, 17 Dec 2018.

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  1. avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    Had one today with ongoing repercussions.

    Went to the Mairie this morning, and, for once, took the Brompton. It's an easy walk for me, but I was intending to make some other stops after. As ever, looked for the first available free lamp post and tethered the Brompton to it. Paid my dues and left. Brompton still there, but key in one of the many pockets North Face pack into their parkas. Found the key, dropped it, picked it up, but half stayed on the ground. The key, he only one I have, had broken in half.

    Well, what would you do? This is a small town, no locksmiths, nobody selling replacement keys, so I approached the local garage. The chief mechanic had left his bolt cutters at home, but promised to pick them up at lunchtime. He suggested the mower specialist further down the road, who suggested the plumber. The plumber said he could probably do the job after 18:00. In the meantime, he suggested seeing the local locksmith some 15km away to see if they could make a key out of the two pieces.

    I'm glad he did, and even more so that I rang before heading in his direction. This is Monday, and half the business are shut, to make up for weekend work. In this case all the local locksmiths were shut, except for one in the town acts as the regional centre, whose website promised it was open. I rang them several times in the next couple of hours, but in the end got bored. They were also 50km away, with nary a motorway in sight. I was almost on the point of driving there, when it struck me petrol plus key would cost more than plumber breaking existng lock, since I already had a replacement.

    If the plumber doesn't turn up, and time is elastic in France, I'll add another lock to the bike, then tomorrow will try the local locksmith and the duplicate key. I managed to speak to him, and he said that normally it is possible to cut a new key from a broken one. There was a touch of hesitation in his voice, so we'll see.
     
    Last edited: 17 Dec 2018
  2. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Midlands
    Good luck, but do you have a hardware store nearby? An angle grinder and cutting disk may work out even cheaper.
     
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  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I use my Brompton precisely so I never have to lock it anywhere....
     
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  4. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

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    Who is Mary?
     
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    avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    To be honest, didn't seem worth folding it just to drop off a letter, especially as two floors were involved. I did think of an angle grinder, but mine is pretty old, and tired, not to mention a long way off.

    Still attached to the lamp post, by the way.
     
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  6. OP
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    avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    Just on freezing here, the only sign of human activity is the kebab shop, and in half an hour the town will be plunged into stygian gloom when all the street lights are turned off.

    The Brompton is still firmly secured to the lamp post. Rescue time scheduled for 10:00 tomorrow.
     
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  7. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Hope it is there when you return....
     
  8. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    Location:
    Staffs
    An unusual event that paralysed my Brompton was trying to ride it with the main hinge undone.

    I left it at the front in Condor Cycles and undid the hinge to deter opportunistic thieves.

    When I hit the deck about five yds down the road after I left, I remembered my not-so-cunning ploy.

    I then rode to Euston with handlebars at quite a jaunty angle.
     
  9. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Push the two bits of key into the lock - in order - and the chances are it will undo.
     
  10. oldwheels

    oldwheels Veteran

    Sounds like quite a nice place to live despite your tribulations.
     
  11. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    If you or anyone else uses an angle grinder ensure every bit of the bike is protected with a thick blanket or similar.

    Hot sparks will embed in the paint .won't notice much until they start to rust.
     
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  12. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

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    South Wales
    If my brommie was locked to a post in the street overnight in my town I wouldn't sleep much.
     
  13. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Yes it is, but the OP seems to have settled on breaking the lock anyway so he's nothing to lose.
     
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  14. OP
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    avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    I didn't, to the point where I abandoned all rest at around 05:00 and made a cup of tea. Sat on the sofa - and woke up two hours later.

    No progress today. Replacement key didn't work, the plumber failed to show and is uncontactable, haven't sourced a portable angle grinder. Maybe I'll ring ABUS.
     
  15. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    Good luck, I hope you get it sorted today.
     
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