Questionnaire for Brompton Users
Q. Which Brompton model number do you currently own? E.g. M-type... M2L-X
• M-Type... 1999 M-type with 5 speed hub, rear deck. Original lights are long gone.
Q. How long for? Please indicate with a X...
• 0-6 months
• 6 months – 1 year
• 1-2 years
• 2-5 years
• 5 years + X
Q. What problems or breakdowns have you had with your Brompton cycle?
Fixed Flat tires, replaced broken spokes on rear wheel, replaced worn out rear cog, rear deck replaced and front wheel re-trued after an accident, replaced older brakes with Mark III kit, remove stock light kit for rechargeables, installed bicycle computer, replaced seat after stock seat tore at front.
Q. Did you own the tools to fix these problems?
Most of them
Q. If you did, did you carry them on your bike in case of emergency break downs?
No. I use the bike primarily for commuting. I keep tire-changing tools both at home and at work. If I had a light-weight wrench for removing the rear wheel easily I probably would carry it.
Q. Do you perform maintenance on your Brompton yourself or take it to a bike shop?
Almost all myself. I have taken it to a shop to get the rear cog replaced.
Q. If you do perform it yourself, how often do you do it?
It usually requires some kind of attention about once a month.
Q. What tools do you require to do the work?
Wrench for rear wheel removal, tire changing equipment, spoke wrench for spoke replacement,.
Q. What is the hardest maintenance or most time consuming task?
Replacing the old brakes.
Q. How often do you get a puncture?
About once every 2-3 months. I use a tube protector in the rear tire.
Q. What Brompton accessories do you own? E.g. front panniers
I have a front pannier rack and plans to make a front pannier. The bike has a rear deck. I use
a Trail Rat II for my primary front light and a simple red blinky light for the rear. I also use an Enduro 3 bike computer on it.
Thank you, your time is appretiated.
If any body knows of any other Brompton forums would you please tell me.
Also cf my page at http://tomshiro.org/bromptonbrakes/
I'm riding this bike in Atlanta, Georgia.