Brompton Folding Bikes

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  1. Gandhi

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    Toying with the idea of buying a Brompton folding bike.


    Has anybody on here experience of one. A £1000 is a lot of money for a push bike so I want to be sure.

    Eeerm I also feel compelled to advise that I'm 6'4 and 18 stone before any of you promote how 'nippy' they are so be gentle. :winky:
     
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    I think you will find your height will make it difficult to be comfortable as the handlebars are fixed height and non adjustable. I am 5'10" and have the saddle at almost full height for my 31" legs and find the handlebars a bit on the low side. Other than that, it's a brilliant bit of engineering. There are differing styles/gearing etc. so you may find one to fit......
     
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    Luckily I am vertically challenged :( and at 5'7" have no problem with the Brompton, it's been all over Europe in the back of my small aircraft, mine is a six speed and though it won't climb mountains it manages very well, then when you arrive fold it up to take to your hotel room or tent,
    Now that I have a A class with garage I use full size bikes but the Brompton is still a fun machine to use and IMO worth the money I payed for it,(y)
     
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    Love my Brompton and have had it 4 yrs. it has electric motor fitted and battery pack (can't pedal and use wheelchair) and I take it everywhere
     
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  5. Gandhi

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    Thanks for the reply guys. It confirms what I suspected as it being the 'best' engineered one out there.

    Stitches - I'm intrigued re the motor bit! Please expand.

    How much was the motor? Did you fit it yourself and is it only peddle assist? The reason I ask is I am also looking into buying the current wife a folding electric bike as she also has walking issues after years of knackering her back up with gymnastics, we take her electric 'nanbretta' around with us and I'm not too impressed with the Chinese offerings around.

    PS - Digger sunshine you've got long legs for a 5'10" bloke! Mine are are 32" at 6'4"! You a hurdler???? o_O

    Cheers mate.
     
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  7. Gandhi

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    Fantastic link thanks DBK reading through it now.

    Not cheap as conversions though are they!

    I could get myself a good used low mileage 125 Yamaha scooter for the price of one and the price of another would pay for a bike trailer and trailer ball to be fitted. :Eeek:
     
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    They are good. A friend of mine has one. Superb range.
     
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    Hi mine is a Nano electric bike, one of their originals before more commercialised. As per post DBK.
     
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    Ps: no need to pedal (can't anyway!), pulls from standstill using throttle. I have lower speed so I get torque but normal one does 15mph.
     
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  11. Gandhi

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    Cheers stitches. The wife likes the idea of pedalling but the reality of it makes the whole trip like going out with a 4 year old on a bike! We both pay for her bravery for days. :rolleyes:

    I had the most surreal experience once when we both went out cycling. Me on a push bike with the dog running by the side, her on her electric assisted one. Halfway down the promenade in Llandudno she overtook me then , an old guy on a disabled scooter overtook her followed by what looked like the oldest living woman in Wales overtaking him on her scooter with flags and lights all over it.

    It looked like the Wacky bleeding races. I was the only one doing any work and was left in their electrically assisted dust.

    BTW what's wrong with your legs? Can't you use them at all or are they only good for short distances?
     
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    We have had a pair of Bromptons for 10 years now..... they are fantastic! We only have the basic 3 gear version but did have the gearing 'lowered' by 18% at the factory during the build.

    I am 6ft 2 and yes I had a problem with saddle height............ then about 6 years ago I fitted the Brompton telescopic seat post............. what a difference a couple of inches make! (matron!!)

    Bromptons have their place in our 'bike stable' and we use them all the time. We have a PVC so they fit in the garage under the bed (no racks...nice!)

    As to weight, you might be near the max limit but check with Brompton (as it happens I was 16 stone when we first had them)
     
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    By the way, if you want a 'folding' bike, then nothing, but nothing else is as good at folding or so compact when folded! Other folders may be cheaper or faster but they WON'T fold as quick and as easy!

    On average a Brompton can be folded or unfolded in about 12 to 15 seconds :):)

    If a bike is too much grief to fold.... it doesn't get folded!...ergo.....it doesn't get used!
     
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  14. Gandhi

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    Cheers Chocks.

    I reckon if I ride it naked with no panniers or bags I can shave a few pounds off the load bearing but then I'll have nowhere to put the French sticks, cucumbers, courgettes or bananas when we pop to the shops. Hang on a second the wife's got a suggestion......
     
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    Long story, used to run 30 miles per week, then had double hernia op, left hamstring tore out, major nerve surgery last year now waiting next op which will either work or not. So crutches for short hops around house/MH or wheelchair. So Brompton with power gives me a buzz!
    Really fancy a motor scooter next!
     
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    Gutted for you mate. Can't speak from first hand experience but know what the wife has to endure after back ops. She likes the idea of cycling but it's 3 days of Mrs McSnappy if she tries it.

    The whole 'wheelchair thing' is a real drag. Went to Turkey one year and the hotel was about a mile down a really steep hill to the town. One night in 50 degrees Centigrade and having pushed her up the hill after dinner sweating like a farm animal I seriously reconsidered my marital status -especially when she asked if I could 'pull over for her to have a rest'. :eek: I couldn't tell if they were tears or sweat running down my face at that point.

    Yeah we fancy the scooter thing as well. Booking myself down for the test in a few weeks. We borrowed one in France last year off someone we met up with and travelled with and it was ace. A Piaggio Fly 125 with top box. Dead nippy, kept up with the occasional traffic , was a belt drive and nipped around everywhere while we were there.
     
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    Anything that gets you mobilised gIves a buzz! Piaggio good and Honda vision
     
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    Do you have an idea how 'annoyingly cool' that sentence sounds......:frowny:

    I am now going to rack my brain to think of something I've got you ain't. :)
     
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    Stitches you seen this? Looks ideal - and none of that reversing jack knife nightmare crap drivers like me get when we try to reverse.

     
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    Great idea!
     
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