The thought of sending those to the tip is criminal!
They look like they have been left outside in the rain. He has to buy a new one every 3 years. He does an 8 mile commute each day and bounces up & down kerbs. In other words he is a Brompton abuser.
I’d probably enjoy restoring those (with new bits from SJS).... but I'm in the middle of a Moulton at the moment.
Last edited by PDR; 07-30-09 at 08:56 AM.
on a related subject - there is someone selling his Brompton 3 speed for $750. is this a good price. should i jump and buy it ? appreciate the input from a Brompton specialist....
Yes It would be wastefull and immoral to throw these in the tip. He should phone up a local cycle exchange ,who will do them up and sell them for a good cause. It is selfish behaviour the amount of people who do not give good items to charity shops and the like, which are usually closer than a local tip. I know charity shops do not accept bikes ,but come on put more effort in to recycling good resources.
However the asking price has gone over what I payed for a perfectly good Merc with accessories,or a new Downtube. Crazy the price people pay for used or badly damaged Bromptons. I have also seen crash ones sell for similar amounts!
Last edited by bhkyte; 07-30-09 at 10:41 AM.
So this brings me to a question... I am at 2.5 years, 3000 miles and 350 round trips (8.5 miles daily) on a $300 Downtube, in all sorts of weather including snow / rain / salted roads. Just yesterday I was in a shop looking at bromptons casually as a possible replacement when my standby finally gives up the ghost.
Is 3 years a typical lifetime for ANY folder used in daily commuting? Are Bromptons just not up to daily rigorous cycling? I'd hate to spend $1200+ on a Brompton and have it last only three years as well.
There are plenty of old Bromptons still going strong so there is absolutely no reason why a well cared for Brompton should not last 10, 20, 30 years or more.
I ride mine to the station, fold it and fit its little cover before taking in on the train. I wipe it down each time it gets wet from the rain and regularly give the bike a good clean. The bike does not even have a single scratch on it after 4 months of daily use.....
A Brompton bike may be a “tool” to get you from A to B but there still is no excuse to abuse them.
They went for £450! I think I would sooner have al new bikes for this! It is crazy the price people pay for second hand Bromptons ,good for sellers however!
Therefore I feel the best think about Brompton ownership is selling it!