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Old 07-02-2016, 15:13   #61
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

Now that we've established that a bicycle needs at least 39 gears to be effective, I have a related question:

When I was much younger and actually riding a bicycle on a regular basis, safety gear had not yet been invented. We just got on and rode.

How many here always wear the helmets, knee and elbow pads, etc. when riding their boat bicycles even for short trips to town? How many even have them on board? Are there any places that require such safety gear?
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Old 07-02-2016, 15:57   #62
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Old 07-02-2016, 16:54   #63
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

I always wear a helmet. "Persistent vegetative state" is not something I want to experience...

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Old 12-05-2016, 05:49   #64
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

I'm all smiles riding around here in Olbia, Sardinia on my new Brompton folding circus bike. In no way is this thing close to being a $15,000 racing road bike, but it's definitely the way to go if one lives on a boat. It's easy to take on and off a dinghy, easy to carry down into the saloon and put away in its bag. My only regret... I went with the three speed sport model, but should have purchased the six speed model. My wife has the six speed, which is much easier to ride slowly when negotiating walking traffic in the towns.

The small wheels take some getting used to, especially when looking over your shoulder for traffic.
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:42   #65
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

6 speed electric folder with bigger wheels than the Brompton (so much easier to stay in control on uneven/ridged surfaces).

500 Hoptown Electric Folding Bike - | Decathlon

In my opinion a lot of bike for the money. We have non-electric versions of these which we have from 6 years ago on our boat - good solid bikes even if a little on the heavy side.
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

Have you looked at the Bike Friday (BikeFriday.com)??? Love my New Wotld Tourist model and have carted it all over as well as living on the boat. Lives in a suitcase on passages and for airline travel. Suitcase makes into a trailer after you get there or to haul bulky items. Bike is more comfortable to ride than my full size bikes and 9 gear derailleur and 3 speed hub gives me all the gears these old legs need. Frame is steel but freshwater rinse and WD40 have kept it looking good. Front and rear racks made provisioning and veering the boat prepared for a TransPac a no car experience.

As far as safety gear, always wear a helmet. I've gone down hard on pavement twice and busted my helmets. Lots of road rash but my head survived with only a mild headache. If you don't wear a helmet, be sure you carry your organ donor card.
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

Rover,

I was heavily involved in bike racing for nearly twenty years and always wore a helmet. I've had four concussions even with the helmet.

Now.... where did I put my reading glasses???
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

People stopping me every day to ask questions about my Brompton folding bike. Creates a bit of an awkward situation since I don't speak Italian.

They're all smiles, and I'm all smiles. Many bicicletta enthusiasts here unlike in America.
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

Here's a picture of the Brompton with the Burley Travoy folding trailer loaded down with groceries. The trailer can carry up to 80lbs and I can't even feel the trailer behind me when towing, but I am adding an additional 3 speeds to the existing three making six total for uphill grinds with the trailer. I'm also used to spinning at 80-90 rpm from racing and track days, actually much higher with track, so three speeds wasn't enough. My knees were feeling it.

When shopping, I usually head out with the trailer and a backpack.
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

Are you adding a Swiss Mountain Drive? Works great

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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

I added this kit here by Brompton, basically an upgrade derailleur kit with rear wheel.

Brompton gear upgrade kit - 3 speed hub to 6 speed hub/derailleur
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I have Dahon folding bikes. .... They have racks on the back for lashing things and nylon bags in the front like a basket. You can get wire baskets, but you lose the ability to fold. ....
I have a Dahon as well. I bolted a basket to the rear rack for groceries and it still folds ok. I doubt it would fit in a bag that way, however.

The only problem I've had with the bike is that the spokes come lose every few months.
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Here's a picture of the Brompton with the Burley Travoy folding trailer loaded down with groceries.
Wow. That trailer is sweet. I have to pick me up one. Thanks for sharing the picture.
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Re: Brompton Folding Bike Reviews?

OK. That approach is certainly the most cost-effective. The Swiss Mountain Drive is more than double the price. The lowest gear on the SMD is quite the granny gear and might be too low to be of use for you anyway. OTOH the 100" high gear on the Brompton is too steep for me...

I like the trailer - wish I had one when out cruising. I like the large capacity, and no doubt it handles easier than overloading the bike. The Brompton large front bag hauls a lot, and I have put quite a load on the rear rack, but I think the trailer is a better approach. My body alone hits the nominal weight limit, and I suspect the overloading contributed to premature spoke failure.

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Wow. That trailer is sweet. I have to pick me up one. Thanks for sharing the picture.
Monkeyman,

It's really a neat idea and I intend to shoot a video as soon as the missus gets here. When I get to the store, I just unclip it from the bike, partially fold and lock the bike to a pole (so that it looks really f*^%#d up to most people), then take the trailer right into the store and use it as a shopping cart. Unload at the register, then reload after check out and wheel back to the bike. Clip it on and go. No plastic shopping bags, no guessing how much to buy. It's so easy.

The trailer folds down and the wheels come off, the entire thing packs into a bag the size of a briefcase. While out, the storage bag can also be used for shopping.
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