Here is the project:
At some point between now and April 14th 2010, I will acquire and modify a Brompton to fit my needs: lightweight, compact, fast enough to maintain 17-19mph and comfortable enough for 8-12 hour rides.
Here are the characteristics:
-None of the mods can compromise the final folded size. That's one of the reasons this project uses a Brompton instead of a Bike Friday, Dahon, Downtube. I need this bike to fit where a Brompton fits.
-Brakes: dual calipers upgraded brakes or Salmon pads or radioactive cables are not working. Under flat, normal conditions, they work fine, but throw in water (I often ride under rainy conditions, both in Florida and South America), some downroads and crazy traffic and now my life is in danger. I found the place to add V-Brakes to both front fork and rear triangle, and so far that's the light weight, effective mod that I am interested and looking forward to do. Price includes custom job painting on rear triangle and fork too!
-Weight: This bike cannot be as heavy as my S6L-Plus. Ti seatpost in an option (predominantly because I like the way it looks ). It will be a S-Type handlebar, but I am slightly inclined for a S1 or S2 model, most likely E type (no Fenders or rear rack). No Ti since US$700.00 I can get more performance oriented upgrades (just to include a few, carbon handlebar, grips and pedals...still keep the change). Not sure what to do in relation to hubs and wheels.
-saddle: I want this bike to be century friendly. I don't do 100 miles in a single shot often, but I want to bS able to, so...I know, saddle is a personal thing. I have very mixed feelings about Brooks saddle. They look elegant, but I see more people complaining about them than actually enjoying them. Also, I noticed that the time between new to "broken in" is about the same between "broken in" and broken down. They just look bad, like a mule back, after a while. I have very good experiences with Specialized saddles with the cut perineal region, but I want to hear and educate myseld with what is out there.
-handlebar/grips: S-Type is what I have in mind...but wouldn't bullhorns make it wind friendly, faster?
-Tyres: What's up with the Kojaks?
-Crankset and wheelchains: I need to learn more about oval shaped/assimetric ones.
Please bring your contributions. Let the fun begin!