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    2007 Brompton line


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    I don't think there are any new developments with the Brompton line for 2007 - but if anyone knows any different, I would be interested to hear.

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    Looks like the 2006 line. Or the 2005 line for that matter... Wish they'd get rid of those awful riser bars. They do nothing for the bike's image... Or that ugly saddle. I reckon if they fitted more black components on the higher end product they'd get a lot more buyers (not that they have much trouble getting them to fly off the shelves). An oft missed opportunity by makers is getting the bikes to look as cool as their functionality.

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    Titanium fork, seatpost and rear triangle according to bromptontalk (yahoogroups) translations (besides the new colors)

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    No, it's just the same as 2005 when the à la carte system came into operation. The different paint jobs have always been available, but you had to pay extra if you wanted another colour scheme. The most expensive choice was the raw lacquer finish.

    If they have started to make all of the models available in any colour (at no extra cost), the waiting lists will only get longer!
    Last edited by Fear&Trembling; 10-02-06 at 02:24 AM.

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    Waiting lists are now 11 months, rubbish parts an all.

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    The Brompton is what it is. I'm happy with mine. If it's not broken, don't fix it. The only problem I have is with the dynamo light. It engages when I don't want it to engage, usually after hitting a bump. That's a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommylane
    The Brompton is what it is. I'm happy with mine. If it's not broken, don't fix it. The only problem I have is with the dynamo light. It engages when I don't want it to engage, usually after hitting a bump. That's a pain.
    It is functional; but it could certainly use some improvements. Even the Brompton crazies--I write that lovingly--on Bromptontalk complain about a whole host of problems and suggest aftermarket means of correcting them.

    In my humble opinion, the two big issues are:

    (1) lack of adjustibility in the handlebar post
    (2) gear range is too narrow

    Related to (1) is an inability to obtain a more sporty riding position. Some daring tinkerers have addressed this by replacing their handlebar post with an open base and sticking in an adjustable quill stem.

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    For the price of a Brompton, I agree that you shouldn't be searching the internet to fix your bike or correcting anything...However, I can easly see my definition of "perfect bike" coming from a brompton skeleton instead of any other. But, as usual, that's just me, nobody has to agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R
    For the price of a Brompton, I agree that you shouldn't be searching the internet to fix your bike or correcting anything...
    Ah but that is the way of the british engineered product. Just ask any Rover car owner!

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    How about these imitation Brompton? Look at the FL-BP-01 & 02. 01 now comes with a Nexus 8. I got two pic that I am trying to upload but cannot because it exceeds 100kb.
    www.flamingobike.com

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    Samb76

    You can get one quite fast from Channell.
    www.foldabikes.com

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    The site says the Brompton knockoffs have sturmey archer 3 speed.
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
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    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

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    The 16" look like Brommies; the 20" like Dahons. Hopefully someone will test ride them soon...

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    Interesting...Can't wait to hear about a test ride from a BF member.

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    geo8re

    Give me your line and I will forward the latest model with Nexus 8 to you. Looks pretty good for an imitation. They even have a dealer/contact in WA. Look at the # and e-mail. Does it remind you of the Birdy dealer web site???
    E-Mail: DAB@Rad-innovations.com
    US +1 360-249-6661
    Cell +1 360-561-9816
    How do some of you upload what seem to be at least more than 100kb worth of pic.

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    Senior Member wubrew's Avatar
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    Here is the correspondence that took place:

    From: susanchang@flamingobike.com
    Subject: Contact information of agent (from FLAMINGO BIKE)
    Date: October 10, 2006 3:47:18 AM PDT
    To:

    Dear Bob,

    I have passed your contact information to our agent in Montesano. Mr. David Black or Ms. Anja Wrede will get in touch with you directly. Here is their contact information.

    COMPANY: Rad-Innovations.com
    E-Mail: DAB@Rad-innovations.com
    US +1 360-249-6661
    Cell +1 360-561-9816
    EU +49 (0)15204546118


    ----- Original Message ----- From:
    To: "Flamingo Bike" <susanchang@flamingobike.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 1:18 PM
    Subject: Re: The location of our agent


    Susan

    Thanks for the reply. Please forward my contact # to the agent in Montesano, Washington.

    Regards,

    Bob



    On Oct 9, 2006, at 6:29 PM, Flamingo Bike wrote:

    Dear Bob,

    Sorry, the location of our agent's address is in Montesano, Washionton.


    Best Regards,

    Susan Chang / Marketing Director
    FLAMINGO BIKE / GRACE GALLANT ENTERPRISES. CO., LTD.
    TEL: 886-4-2683-5772
    FAX: 886-4-2683-1649
    MOBIL: 886-938983538
    E-MAIL: susanchang@flamingobike.com
    WEBSITE: www.flamingobike.com




    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Flamingo Bike" <susanchang@flamingobike.com>
    To:
    Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:23 AM
    Subject: Folding bike FL-BP01-8 from FLAMINGO BIKE


    Dear Bob,

    Thanks for your mail.

    We just backed from Interbike Cycle show in Las Vegas last week. Actually,
    recently we develop one new folding bike FL-BP01-8 which is similar as
    FL-BP01 but equipped with Shimano Nexus Interior 8-speed, for which we have
    got great reaction from Europe and American market. Indeed, we have one
    local agent in Tacoma, Washinton who has this bike in hand from the
    Interbike Cycle exhibition. Please review this upgraded bike FL- BP01-8 as
    photos attached.

    Since we think your address should be close to the location of our agent, if
    you like this bike, we may ask our agent to contact you directly. We think
    the freight must be more cheaper to get this bike from Tacoma than delivered
    from Taiwan.

    Please let me know your thoughts. If you don't mind, I will pass your
    information to our local agent and ask them reach you directly. Hope to
    hear from you soon.


    Best Regards,

    Susan Chang / Marketing Director

    FLAMINGO BIKE / GRACE GALLANT ENTERPRISES. CO., LTD.

    TEL: 886-4-2683-5772
    FAX: 886-4-2683-1649

    MOBIL: 886-938983538
    E-MAIL: susanchang@flamingobike.com
    WEBSITE: www.flamingobike.com





    ----- Original Message ----- From:
    To: <gracegallant@seed.net.tw>
    Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 10:38 AM


    Grace

    Trying to find out the spec and price of FL-BP-02 as well as price for
    shipping to tacoma WA. US.

    Thanks.

    Sincerely,

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by wubrew
    How do some of you upload what seem to be at least more than 100kb worth of pic.
    Use an editor such as Photoshop which allows you to manipulate picture quality and size.

    Interesting copy.

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    That Flamingo Link was very interesting. The FL PB 02 looks like a near exact brommie ripoff, maybe this is where merc get their bikes ? At least some effort appears to have gone into developing FL PB 01, with tapering aluminium main frame.

    Next we'll see rip off Swifts and even rip-off Downtubes

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    Pricing on the Flamingo bikes from anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wubrew
    How do some of you upload what seem to be at least more than 100kb worth of pic.
    Quote Originally Posted by spambait11
    Use an editor such as Photoshop which allows you to manipulate picture quality and size.
    Or use the IMG tag to link to a photo hosted elsewhere. When you're editing a message, look for the toolbar icon which shows a mountain against a yellow background. Click on it and then give it the url of your image. There is no limit on image size when you use this method.

    You can get free photo hosting at photobucket.com. Or just google for "photo hosting" and you'll find a ton or sites which also host for free. Photobucket is very easy. It automatically creates the URL and HTML that you may need to put a photo in your website, an ebay listing, etc... Of course, they'll want to entice you to upgrade to the paid pro version, but you'll never need that just to put pics here.

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    Seņor Mambo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simple Simon
    Next we'll see rip off Swifts...
    As Wav said, there already is. It's called a Xootr Swift.

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    Nah .... a real rip off company doesn't pay anything, it just sticks 2 fingers up

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    ...while pooching its lips to mouth ef yoo?

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    Will not upload with photo shop modified so here is the url. Thanks sooner
    http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...-8FoldView.jpg
    http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...8Pearlized.jpg
    Thats the FL-BP01-8
    Pretty good ripped eh!
    I will try to find out the pricing, availability and the ride compare to my brommie.

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