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Old 07-12-17, 03:40 PM   #26
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There is lots of good advice on here.

I don't agree with some also.---

I use my bikes to work out on and to commute/ride around. I gotta have at least a 90 gear inch top gear---not available on most 3 speeds or 7 speeds unless it happens to be a cassette hub. Single speeds are worthless for me. Very few bikes with internal hubs have a 90+ gear inch top gear.

If you don't use your bike as a platform to workout and get a good sweat up your requirements will be different.

I am fondest of 20" wheels with derailleurs for the above reason---You can get your Bromton setup with a 90 high gear I think.

I fold mine some and have flown with my Dahon (MU D10) three times and my Zootr Swift once in the last year.

The Dahon MU frame is 1.6 pounds lighter than the Dahon Speed frame.

I owned a shop for 30 plus years (sold to my son) and I won 4 regional mountain bike championships----many years ago.

5 years ago I would have said the same thing as your pro biker friend. In the last 1.5 years 90% of my miles have been on my folders.

There are so many bargain basement 200-400 bikes that I do not recommend out there getting your advice from this forum is awesome.

Lots of Brommie love on this forum. Well earned I believe. Lots of them do not get ridden and get sold off in like new condition. They seem to really hold their very high price even used.

Bike Fridays seem to hold their value really well also.

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Old 07-12-17, 04:48 PM   #27
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Very few bikes with internal hubs have a 90+ gear inch top gear.
Hey Rick. My Dahon Curve D8's (Sturmey Archer X-RF8) top is 99 gear inches. I know, crazy fast for 16" wheels, but fun as heck.
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Hey Rick. My Dahon Curve D8's (Sturmey Archer X-RF8) top is 99 gear inches. I know, crazy fast for 16" wheels, but fun as heck.
That means your low gear is around 32, I think the low gear is the more important figure in the gear range.

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Old 07-12-17, 06:26 PM   #29
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That means your low gear is around 32

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Yeah, I measure it has just over 30. I do use it daily for starts from standing on hills. Nice to have the option.
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Hey Rick. My Dahon Curve D8's (Sturmey Archer X-RF8) top is 99 gear inches. I know, crazy fast for 16" wheels, but fun as heck.
Did you change the Big chainring? That isn't stock is it?
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Old 07-17-17, 05:08 PM   #31
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For anybody interested, see my Brompton test ride update in this other thread: Brompton 3-speed hub

Sorry about thread-jumping, but the forum wouldn't let me edit this thread topic, and I think it's no longer representative of my Brompton-buying intentions.
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Old 07-19-17, 02:15 PM   #32
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Should look at the Fuji Origami's on ebay and other retailers on the internet. They can be had for under or around 300..... lot of bike for the price
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