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 Post subject: Any Brompton fans?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:03 am 
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I'm hopefully soon to be joining the club, but not quite sure about where to start!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:05 am 
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Yes :D

Sold em for years when i lived in the UK, owned a few. feel free to ask any q's

Andy


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:36 pm 
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VERY clever and versatile folder which I owned for a while. Unfortunately although they can accomodate very tall riders which I am it is not overly comfortable but if your average sized it will be brilliant.

I rode it around the island of Arran once which is over 40 miles without a hitch :D


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:19 pm 
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Thanks peeps.

I've had a wee trek down the to a few LBS to check out Dahon and Brompton (and even a few Raleigh and Ap*llo) folders. Only other bikes I am interested in that I haven't seen yet is the Dahon Curve and the Dahon Presto Lite (now discontinued), although at £450.00 (Dahon Curve, SL version) I could get a used Brompton for that price.

The Curve looks like it's more robust with a greater tyre choice (I do greatly dig Schwalbe Big Apples, like riding on a fast sofa - I have some 2.35s installed on an old CAAD3 MTB, it's a dream on the potholed roads hereabouts) and more upgradeable standard parts.

The Brompton, on the other hand, is an institution isn't it? It has an eccentric finesse in a stubbornly unchanging kind of way. And that fold...click...swivel, swivel...click..done. The gadget-head in me is raving and drooling.

The local Brompton stockist (Peddlers) advised me to rent one (Brompton) for £15.00 a day for a minimum of two days to see how I get on with it. I was very impressed with the folding, admittedly. It's compact in an impressive origami-like fashion, and a stable standing format I can see is designed just for trains and cloakrooms.

The non-titanium one weighed a fair bit with the dynamo and rack tho'...

Still, way ahead of my old 20" Raleigh shopper/ folder, which I swear weighed about 60lbs.

I reckon the rental is the way to go for the moment... (thinks...wish could rent a Dahon Curve for a day and a Brompton for a day then compare)

Velomaniac, does the Brompton flex much? I'm a lardy get, over 200lbs. 40 miles sounds cool, but I'd want a rigid forty miles...., flex drives me nuts

Andy, thanks for the offer to answer Q's, I'll probably have a few after riding the beast in a week or so.

Here's one: are newer (used) bromptons worth the extra investment, or could I buy an older used version and get similar performance?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:36 pm 
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I think the key issue is how much you need the fold.

If every day it has to fold and be lugged around (like a train commute) and short distances of riding, then the Brompton has it. If it's an occasional fold with longer riding sessions (for a tour or days out) then consider a larger wheeled bike as it will roll and handle better.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:48 pm 
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I was looking for a folder a while ago and although I can't remember why I arrived at this conclusion, I decided I wanted a Dahon.

HTH :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:02 pm 
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djoptix wrote:
I was looking for a folder a while ago and although I can't remember why I arrived at this conclusion, I decided I wanted a Dahon.

HTH :lol:


nearly did the same. wanted a brompton as an alternative toy or a bike to take camping by car, but havent got the funds. Dahons possibly ride better (the 20" ones I'm told) and you can get a new un for just over £200. But, its not a brompton, so I still have none. Hoping I drop lucky one day.


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