Brompton bikes.. who has one ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Quite fancy them, rather than taking our mountain bikes and using a bike rack these will store easily in a locker or garage..

    Visited the local dealer today and had a test ride.. and I am very impressed... a 3 speed model, very comfortable and I was impressed how easy it was to cycle.. impressed with the construction and ease of folding.. expensive.. well yes they are but we looked on ebay and they really hold their value.. so when selling on eventually shouldn't be a big loss.

    Not quite needing an ebike yet.. but before we jump.. owners opinions valued.. thanks..
     
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    I only know they are very well made and are enthusiastically endorsed by their owners. There is a very good electric conversion you can get for them, the Nano, so you can "electrify" them later. :)
     
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    I had a Brompton years ago (ride a 29er now - one extreme to another! ) and they are surprisingly addictive once you are accustomed to their quirks.
    Avoid potholes!
     
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    been on the build your Brompton web site.. http://bikebuilder.brompton.com/

    bog standard, single speed, no mudguards, rack or luggage.. .. £770

    'my' bike build comes in at £1085 ..
    that's with mudguards, rack, 3 speed, Brooks saddle, front bag, black frame..

    I could spend a lot on this .. :Eeek: :imoutahere:
     
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    I would go for the six speed.....but then I like spending other people's money!
     
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    OUCH. Sell you a car for half that price Guv........(y)
     
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    I have a six speed jobbie and very pleased with its ride, I use it mainly when flying because it fits in the back with no problem,
    The MH has a large garage so treated my self to a 26 in wheel hybrid 24 speed, the only thing it does better is over the potholes/ bumps,
    With the Brompton I'm very conscious of how easy they are to pick up and walk, so always try to lock it to something substantial,
     
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    I was being serious about the custom Raleigh twenty!
    It might be the kids' next project.

    Bromptons are 'marmite ' bikes.
    The riding experience is very different; the centre of gravity, rotational momentum of the wheels, acceleration and gearing.

    But very well made and, as you say, hold their value.
     
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    I liked the look of them as well , so i researched a bit and looked in to the other makes, i ended up buying a dahon vitesse p18, it has slightly bigger wheels making it more stable, and the 18 gears makes it a go anywhere bike, i have riden this bike 20 miles and it was a pleasure, it folds up real small and fits into a shoulder bag, great bike to have in the van for when its needed
    I have fitted a rack and mudguards to it now , best of all its a better looking bike than the Brompton and cost me a lot less to buy
    pete
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    Must admit not a fan of small wheel bikes they just don't stable especially on gravel. Tried out a couple of e-bikes last week one was a 20" wheel the other 28" stability wise no comparison. I am quite taken with e-bikes better than expected just have to persuade the boss to let me spend 5 grand on a couple. Funny really I'll spend ages talking her around to something like that, but when I want a new car I just go out and buy it & first time she sees it is when I bring it home.
     
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    Yes got one when I retired - a six speed - a real extravagance but delighted with it and it fits right into one of the back outside lockers. Love it!
     
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    They are good but you didn't need two post the same so deleted one.

    Should have deleted the second one, ah well.
     
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    image.jpg This is my Airnimal, the tri spoke wheel is not standard (I made it)
     
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    But you are not at the top.:LOL:
     
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    On the way back down(y)


    Not.
     
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    I did post saying that you could look at Airnimal folding bikes, 24 inch wheels with good speed and stability, the chameleon has suspension on the rear but the Joey does not. Both over a grand but nice bikes.

    Don't know what happened earlier, I posted and got two posts so deleted the text out of the first one and then subsequently the second one disappeared.

    Trying again.
     
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    We have two, my wife's is a three speed job and mine a six speed one. I had the Nano electric conversion fitted to both a couple of years ago and we're delighted with them.

    Wobby
     
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    I've got one it's brilliant yes they are a lot of money but I spent ages looking and came to the conclusion they were worth it. I've got a 6 speed one. I did a test ride at the local cycle shop and was convinced. Managed to do deal on one in the shop which made the price slightly more bearable.
     
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