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Old 04-25-17, 07:37 AM   #1
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Wheels Recommendation for Brompton Mini Rear Rack

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I purchase a rear mini triangle rack.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/160229699221299934/

Does anyone have any cheap wheel recommendations?

I currently have brompton easy wheels for the front.

Thanks
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Old 04-25-17, 06:47 PM   #2
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I would look for some cheaper roller blade wheels and bearings. Maybe a set someone took of to improve his skates. Roger
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As an ex-blader who spent hours trying out 72/76/78/80mm inline skate wheels in various configurations because I already had most of the sizes, you need to consider factors like heel strike, ease of rolling, added weight and balance. Bigger wheels = easier rolling but higher chance of heel strike and more weight. And vice versa.

I spent an inordinate amount of time mixing 72 and 76 and 78 and 80 to fine-tune the "balance" of the folded bike - because the rack isn't in the middle. Hence, I put the bigger wheels on the left side to ensure it is "propped up" and doesn't naturally tilt towards the heavier side when rolling over uneven ground.
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As an ex-blader who spent hours trying out 72/76/78/80mm inline skate wheels in various configurations because I already had most of the sizes, you need to consider factors like heel strike, ease of rolling, added weight and balance. Bigger wheels = easier rolling but higher chance of heel strike and more weight. And vice versa.

I spent an inordinate amount of time mixing 72 and 76 and 78 and 80 to fine-tune the "balance" of the folded bike - because the rack isn't in the middle. Hence, I put the bigger wheels on the left side to ensure it is "propped up" and doesn't naturally tilt towards the heavier side when rolling over uneven ground.

Can you tell me what wheel combination you end up using? Do you have pics? Last what sleeves and bolts you used to install wheels on bike rack.
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All,

I purchase a rear mini triangle rack.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/160229699221299934/

Does anyone have any cheap wheel recommendations?

I currently have brompton easy wheels for the front.

Thanks
If you want a cheap and durable solution ... go for PU skate wheels, a bit heavy though



Lighter and bling bling but more expensive one is the aluminum CNC version...



Oh, there are also aluminum version more affordable Q mini racks available.

About same weight and more color options.


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use large clear rollerblade prefferably with red core for saftey

I tried some huge Rollerblade wheels on my Mezzo at the back. 130mm.
One of the unforseen consequence was the spectacular disfussing of the rear light to the side and the whole things glowed turning into great side light.

I really recomend clear wheels for this reason and preferable as big as possible.
I think red core might help also but I had no controll to test this idea.
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Me to looking for cheap tires.
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I tried some huge Rollerblade wheels on my Mezzo at the back. 130mm.
One of the unforseen consequence was the spectacular disfussing of the rear light to the side and the whole things glowed turning into great side light.

I really recomend clear wheels for this reason and preferable as big as possible.
disfussing = diffusing?

I would prefer wheels with rubber rolling surface over plastic, since that won't scratch on wooden floors, produces less noise and wears down slower than plastic.

Is it possible to mount two of those small wheels with swivel? Than I could steer my Brompton easier if folded, without the need to lift it, for each change of direction.
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You will not find any rubber Roller blade wheels. They are ployurathene.
Rollerblade wheels don't mark floors.
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I think caster wheels will make a Brompton very unstable and likely to fall over.
There are some steering gadgets for bromptons but they are pricey.
Might be better to look at a Birdy touring type arrangement. The front rack acts as a pull along handle like a suitcase with the rear wheels only on the floor. This is the best system I know of for rolling a folding bike.
Possibly a custom attachment to the front carry black would work?
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NB, front bearing and bolt are 6mm, IDK what bolt on that rack , the stock rear rack uses a 5mm bolt

so the rear EZ wheel, is different from the front..
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I think caster wheels will make a Brompton very unstable and likely to fall over.
I doubt that. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
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I think it will.
Bromptons can be very unstable when folded. Hence the smaller wheels on one side comment earlier by a poster.
If you put casters on it would do 2 things that would make it more unstable
1) the caster would tuck under the bike sometimes reducing its footprint and the size of the quadropod it rests.
2)when it changes direction the caster could be contra rotation to the travel and drag causing instability until it becomes aligned with the travel.

Many people find Bromptons unstable and do things to get them to balance better.
Also depends on handlebar set up.
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