oooohhhh...I want a Brommie now....
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My Brompton has a rear rack. I have an Ortlieb Office Bag pannier - the Horizontal Brain Cell for the 13" Macbook Air fits nicely in there. I was hoping to attach that to the rear rack, but it isn't a good fit - my feet would hit the pannier as I pedaled.
Brompton makes a rear rack bag, but it isn't my cup of tea.
There is a front carrier block on the Brompton, where you can mount a bag. I would love to see Tom Bihn make a bag that fits this carrier block. In the mean time, I'm very happy carrying a Side Effect, Small Cafe Bag, or a Tom Bihn backpack when I ride my Brompton.
oh be quiet maverick..... I like it more the more I look at it....thinking to myself "Dont google NZ suppliers!!!!!" Dont do it!!!!
I have not researched them in depth yet...do they have enough gears to efficiently move the small wheels? (stupid question probably...otherwise they would not be so good....) I have to stay away from this thread...*sigh*
vivelly that is the question I have too. I have learnd: big weals -> comfortable and fast ride, small weals -> bumpy ride and hard work. But the most films show the folding, which is impressive no doubt about it.
They have suspension to even out the bumps a bit and, after an initial bit of wobbliness, you soon get used to the small wheels. I think you get the choice of 1, 2, 3 or 6 gears and you can adjust the ratios a bit as well. It's been a while since I sold mine though, so I'm not 100% sure. They're very nippy on the flat......and you can get them in orange
Agree! I lOVE the folding bit. that makes many bike rides possible in my small Golf....(doesnt really matter because I CANNOT buy one...lol)
ceepee be a real friend and help us out here: why did you sell yours? Tell us ugly story show us pictures of town clothes and bruises... anything that makes this beauty disapear out of our heads would be well appreciated!
To rotate bag to the Daylighter: it foulds very good and small too. I today folded it up and put it into my Swift to take it to the office. For a 16+ L Backpack it has a pretty small footprint. I know it is the point of it, but it sure works out great that way. Having a backup backpack feels good.
Not sure where else they might have something like this, but I came across Brompton Dock in the UK. I may be going to the UK next month, and for 5 GBP per day, you can rent a Brompton. That way, I don't have to travel with mine. But it's also a great way to do an extended test rdie before you buy a Brompton.
Now the place that we're, hopefully, moving to within the next month, is a flat, no garden and at the top of four flights of stairs. But, if there's no clause in the leasing agreement about storing a bike in the flat, then a Brompton could very well be on the cards!! .... HTH
Sorry - I didn't mean to tempt you with the Brompton.
I will stop - but I do want to mention one of the great things about the Brompton is that it has a very compact fold, and that it fold very quickly.
When I was looking at folding bikes, the reason I chose the Brompton was because it fits into the back of my MINI Cooper.
It was a bit of an adjustment when I first got it, because the handlebars are responsive (twitchy) than my road bike. But you quickly adjust.
I can take the Brompton on the bus, on the subway (even during rush hour, because it's a folding bike).
I can go at a pretty good pace on my Brompton.
It is very well made.
It does have a lot of proprietary components.
The Brompton isn't the only folding bike - Bike Friday, Tern, and Dahon are a few of the other folding bike manufacturers.
feijai prefers his Bike Friday Tikit to the Brompton. When I rode the tikit, I have to admit it felt more like a full size bike than the Brompton.
I like the Brompton because it has personality.
I like the compact and quick fold.
I like how it rides.
I like that it comes in a variety of colors, and that it is highly customizable.
If you happen to be in the Washington, DC area, the US Brompton Championship is this weekend! I had registered to participate, but I'm out of town this weekend.
The festivities kick off with a party at the UK Embassy tomorrow evening. Sunday is race day, with great fun and activities tomorrow through Sunday.
Not sure how it will go down here, but take a look at the video of the 2012 and 2013 Swiss Brompton Championship -
And that's all I have to say about that.
There is also a hard travel case. Unfortunately, it's a little too big to be carried on. But you can check it in. People have traveled all over the world with their Bromptons. I'm not entirely comfortable with the idea - that's why renting a Brompton for 5 GBP/day sounds just fantastic!
I had a bag, but, the neighbours are also our landlords so they probably would've sussed me out eventually