Brompton seatpost decisions
I test-rode a Brompton a month ago and now I'm looking to buy. I am 6'0" (1.83m) and found the standard seatpost an inch or two too short for my legs. However, that was with the standard foam seat and not the Brooks saddle I will certainly prefer. It is my understanding that a real saddle will stand an inch or two higher on this bike, which may put this on the cusp of being ridable without needing the extended post. Does anyone have any ideas how well that might work? I don't think I will be able to find such a bike to test-ride here in Calgary, but I'd be willing to give it a shot if one of you has one!
(This is my first post. I hope it is appropriate in tone and content for this forum.)
Thank you all for the advice.
Because there is not a Brompton dealer anywhere nearby, I don't have the option of trying out all the various possibilities. The one test ride I did was part of a vacation to the Pacific NW that won't be repeated soon. I have decided that I will order the extended seatpost. Here's my reasoning:
1) The telescopic post may have some nice features, but I could eventually upgrade to it if the cheaper option doesn't meet my needs.
2) The extended post will certainly be long enough for me.
3) Someone on the Brompton yahoo group suggested that there is only about an inch difference between a standard seatpost in a 'high' position as an extended one adjusted to be 'low'. Comfort is more important for my planned usage than an inch.
4) The extended post can be chopped to the perfect length, or replaced with the standard as necessary.
*Whew*, that's settled, now I just have to decide what color I want...