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    Just bought a Neobike "Brompton"

    Hello everyone, first of all I would like to thank everyone here for teaching me so much about folding bikes. I have just bought a second hand Neobike (Taiwanese) version of Brompton last week, and I am thinking about getting a cycling bag to carry random items as well as small amount of shoppings, so I have a couple of questions for everyone:

    1) Can I fit a Brompton front carrier block onto my Neobike, maybe via some kind of adaptor?

    2) If not, can anyone recommended any rack/handlebar/saddle bags that are good for Brompton?

    3) Is there anyone one here actually own a Neobike Brompton and if there is any part of the bike that I should replace with official Brompton parts.

    Thanks very much for your attention and looking forward to your answers.

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    Where are you located?

    You can buy a lot of Bormpton like bits from Merc Bike for small amounts of money. As far as I know all these things will fit a real Brompton since the merc is an exact dimensional copy.
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    Thanks EvilV, I'm based in London

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    How is your bike labelled?

    There probably is a connection between the Neobike clones and the Merc/Flamingo copy but it isn't clear.
    Since Neobike was successfully sued by Dahon and the founders given prison sentences, no doubt Flamingo will keep quiet about any connection.

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    Well, Neobike used to have a 10 year licensing deal with Brompton that ended back in 2002, so I am assuming that my bike is made during that period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UQKenny View Post
    Thanks EvilV, I'm based in London
    OK UQkenny. Then you should contact Anita at Merc spares:

    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Merc-Foldin...Q3amesstQQtZkm


    I know she used to sell a luggage attachment block, but there is not one offered there just now. This does not necessarily mean she doesn't have them though. If you open a page on one of the items she is selling there, you will get the opportunity to ask her a question. I can't remember what the block used to cost, but llike the rest of the spares it was very little money.

    Good luck.
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    You can get the full gamut of Brompton spares - you could actually build a whole bike in kit form from the range of spares available at St John Street cycles. I've got a few 'real' Brompton parts for the Merc I'm souping up from there and have not encountered any problems with any parts not fitting as yet - from the rear triangle to the forks and seatpost.

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/category-...oulton-766.htm

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    I'm just trying to work out why anyone would pay more for spare parts than they needed to fit to a bike already made in Taiwan. I'm sure there's a reason, I just can't think what it is yet.

    Brompton 3 speed rear wheel (with sturmey ger made in Taiwan) £101 (UK)
    Merc 3 speed rear wheel (sturmey with sturmey gear made in Taiwan) £38 (Taiwan)
    Brompton front wheel £48.47 (UK)
    Merc front wheel £18 (Taiwan)
    Brompton Mudgaurd set £46 (UK)
    Merc Mudguard set £13 (Taiwan)
    Brompton Rear Carrier with mudguard £73.50 (UK)
    Merc Rear Carrier with mudguard £34 (Taiwan)

    I'm not even convinced that the Brompton plastic mudguard isn't made in the far east anyway.


    Maybe I'm just cheap. That must be it.
    Last edited by EvilV; 10-17-07 at 10:00 AM.
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    Thanks guys for the info. I agree with what you were saying EvilV, and I don't think I'll be replacing any parts unless it's broken. No one seems to have any suggestions of bike bags though. I don't think I can fit a front carrier block onto my bike, so I was thinking about a Brompton R bag, but it's £50!!! Now I'm just gonna find a rack bag that will fit onto the tiny little rack of its.

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