I've been using my Brompton for daily commuting for nearly 18 months. Nothing strenuous - just 7 miles per day across London. So less than 2,500 miles.
I'm now having trouble finding low gear. Nothing wrong with the cable adjustment. Now I can strip it down (reasonable instructions here) but is it likely to have worn out at so low mileage? Is it worth stripping down or should I simply buy replacement innards. I appear to be able to do this without rebuilding the wheel.
I'm quite surprised at how much I'm spending on parts. So far I've bought 3 tyres, four sets of brake pads, three inner tubes, three right hand pedals and one chain in 18 months. So more than £150. So if the hub gear is knackered then I reckon my running costs will be approaching £200 per year! Is this normal? Dread to think how much I'd be spending if I didn't fix it myself!
Not complaint about the Brompton. Love it to bits. Just surprised at how much regular use of a bicycle costs.