Discussion in 'General Chat' started by gixer, Dec 23, 2014.
Test rode some Brompton bikes last night and today. I have a feeling this could get very expensive indeed....
Especially if trying to make it lighter
Worst bikes i've ridden this side of my old Raleigh Burner BMX
Make some sense if your commuting as the downsides (of which they are many) are kinda outweighed by the folding.
To ride though they're slow, uncomfortable, terrible over bumps and bloody heavy compared to normal bikes.
Unless you're planning on commuting mate i've not bother
Bromptons do tend to be heavy. My nice light B'Twin Triban 3 isn't as comfortable as one though.
Raleigh Burner was my first bike, blue and yellow
I loved mine, I was gutted when it got nicked from my grans shed
Skyway mags were indestructible
Comparing a Brompton to a Burner is being quite unfair to Burners.
@JKM , if you want something with small wheels, nippy round town, and folds up easily, what about an old Austin Metro?
Surely you don't think I want it as my only bike @gixer ..... The optimum number of bikes is still N+1!
I have a rigid uk made and heavily pimped (only the frameset is original) Claude Butler MTB that is almost retro now plus a specialized Sirrus elite flat bar racer with a handbuilt cyclo-cross wheelset, those cover all my normal needs.
When I was still in a 2 bed upstairs flat I had 7 bikes (LeMond racer, 90's orange p7 retrobike, the sirrus, a retro GT hybrid 'pub-bike', rigid MTB & 2x rod-breaked sir up and beg types) so i did whittle them down a bit
Currently there a two spaces in the shed and they are both taken but a brompton will sit under the stairs, desk, car boot etc.
The slowness I can tackle via the 6 speed + high range gear ratio (you can spec -12%, std or +8% these days) and possibly a slightly bigger front ring. I tested a 6sp and it was fine, quite nippy and fairly refreshing to ride.
It would mainly be a commuting/nice to have a bike handy when away - type purchase and would be mainly funded via a bike to work scheme.
I could commute currently but it is a bit far.
I am lazy and get out of bed at 8 for an 8:30 start, my drive is 9 miles of dual carriageway and I still have time for a shower.
I also have an aversion to arriving at work sweaty.
My wife works mid way to my work though so I called catch a lift with her, ride the rest of the way in and then have a leisurely ride home.
Admittedly I could do the same by putting a faster bike in the back of the estate car as well, MTB on slicks would fit, sirrus hybrid may not without a faff.
Brompton do a Ti version that is slightly lighter but its only the forks and rear triangle that are Ti. Other Ti and carbon parts can be sourced from China. I am mentally pricing up buying a reproduction Ti frame, forks, rear triangle, bars, and folding stem and then adding carbon aero wheels and seat post, alfine 11 hub and plenty of other carbon/ti bits to make a 9kg or less build.
I may need a small mortgage though.
You can even buy carbon brompton bits on AliExpress now.
I stopped looking bike forums years ago as they kept parting me from my money, a bit like this place really
Miss my old BMX
Black and gold burner, nice
An icon of the schoolyard, alas where I grew up was so rural that I never got to have one, it would have taken forever to get anywhere.
I had a grifter that was heavy but had 3-speed gears which helped with distances.
I rusted like hell though, especially after I rode it in the sea....
9 miles - You should give it a go. Currently got Mrs Davy commuting in 12.5 miles each way to Camden with me twice a week on her 10 year old hardtail. In current weather it's a nice way to get a tan
I only started 2.5 years ago. Hard work at first but now wouldnt have it any other way.
I also had a silver mk2 grifter. I'm sure it weighed about 40kg
Currently in a campground in saint-Martin-Vésubie, having had to (hopefully temporarily) bail on a route through Mercantour (my route was very similar to the one Alex Roddie posted in my Mercantour thread).
Two days ago I collapsed due to dehydration (I knew I hadn’t been getting enough salt but didn’t realise how bad i was)
My knee blew up yesterday and is getting worse.
Now my phone appears to have caked it (will only hold 19% battery).
When it rains it pours I guess?
The first 2.5 days were incredible though. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve been in the mountains but it felt like the most spectacular walking I’ve done. Still quite a lot of snow about which was occasionally challenging, and for brief moments made staying en route tricky. There were a few somewhat tricky and exciting ascents. I wasn’t doing crazy miles, but 10-12 hour days (a little under 2km ascent each day + snow + somewhat tricky terrain made it a bit slow) and I was feeling good despite it being a while since I’ve been active. But I had to stop 3-4 hours early for the knee yesterday.
Take care of yourself! Hope you can continue soon.
Me too! I think it’s an old injury, in which case I’ve been doing the relevant stretches, and I know it’s not too serious - but last time out it took a few weeks to walk properly again :/
All of this is mentally draining. But I guess it’s useful reminders not to skimp on important things (like proper hydration and stretching)
Dehydration is sly, it creeps up on you unbeknownst.
If you were doing 2000m of ascent after a layoff I'm not altogether surprised you're suffering?
Hope you get back on when OK, great area.
Yeah, it sounds foolish when typed. I had planned to just see how I felt and ease into it, knowing my own tendency to be too ambitious. But was feeling good and full of energy and not sore (until the knee, it’s an old injury more related to not keeping flexible than it is not being fit).
But maybe i am reaching a bit In order to not concede I was pushing too hard.
It's an easy trap to fall into. I often over plan... Based on my 20 years ago fitness!
Yeahhhh. I deliberately planned for 7 days, but kept thinking in th back of my head “maybe I can do 5-6” if I’m going well. The trip started right up with a 1000m climb and I think from then the 5 days felt like a good and achievable challenge.
Will I learn from it? Remains to be seen
First none outdoors thing I’ve probably bought myself in 15 yrs
Kitchens getting ripped out tomorrow, still got a million jobs to do and Carol is cleaning the old work surface so it doesn't look scruffy for the builders
Stressed? Me? Never
In the past year after moving into new house we have done 2 bedrooms, Full kitchen, Log burner, brand new bathroom and next month the Garden get landscaped
No wonder I cant afford and shiny new kit ....
She tried talking to me about our bedroom last night I just bloody ignored her
Its an ever ongoing thing in my life...thankfully my OH is a virgo...
My little hut in da woods; finished... 10% (30 years)
House in da suburbs; finished... 30% (2 years) thanks to the hard graft of Mr P
What would life be like without unfinished business.
Waiting (im)patiently for the forcasted rain all day...good job we watered the garden anyway. Another warm dry week ahead.
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