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Old 09-21-10, 02:05 PM   #1
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lexm's Brompton M1R (pics)

Live, from the loading dock in my building, it's my newly arrived Brompton M1R.

Behold the single-speed drivetrain!
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Marvel at her front bits!
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Don't forget to get her good side!
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Such lovely hindquarters!
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Hey, maybe this is the good side!
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Hindquarters encore:
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Comment, kvetch, kibitz, ask questions or ignore entirely.

P.S. She'll feature in my first ever post to the pootling thread, coming shortly.
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Old 09-21-10, 02:11 PM   #2
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She's a Beaut! I guess I've been riding folders so long now that I love their look over a diamond frame. Such clean lines. The Brompton of course is so distinctive with that delicately flexed back. Congrats and enjoy the simplicity.
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Old 09-21-10, 02:37 PM   #3
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NICE....enjoy the ride. so what's next on your list of folders to buy ? folderitis, ha. it can never be cured.
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Old 09-21-10, 03:07 PM   #4
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Very nice, congrat.
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Chicago is pretty flat as I hear..

You got a 44x13 gear on that, or the 12t?

Me (5'9")I have My Mk2 T model[M3R] set up with a Saddle Adapter Pin,
pointed backwards, on an extended seat post. [thicker wall tube]

It gets me the set back behind the BB that makes Me comfortable,

Your seat seems too far forward, But that's just me.

have you tried pushing the seat back on the rails . flipping the pentaclip over,
to be behind the seat post, then adjusting the bars less forward?
still have similar reach, Body weight bias shifts to the butt,
rather than your arms that way..

Mine: 54x15 is just a little smaller gear, than the 44/12,
on the direct gear, of the 3 speed. ...

a 58" vs 59"

the elastics clip nicely on the front roller support ..

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Old 09-21-10, 03:36 PM   #6
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I know that you will never regret your purchase of this bike. And you will probably never part with this beautiful bike (I should know, I have one that looks very similar to it).
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Shweet lookin baik thea. I thinc Ima get mi a red won next.
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Very nice!!! I love that big honkin' mud flap! Congrats Sir, now get out and ride!! (there's a good chap)
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... You got a 44x13 gear on that, or the 12t? ...
I don't know, actually. I ordered the lowest geared single speed available; -18% from the standard single speed and yielding 60.6 gear inches, according to the 2010 Brompton brochure. I chose that one because it's in the same neighborhood as the Strida (~56 gear inches), so the two'd match up well when my wife and I ride together. It's just perfect for the kind of riding I do (slow, leisurely, on street or on lakefront bike path) and offers just enough of a challenge on the rare inclines Chicago's lakefront bike path throws at you.
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Hurrah its here!!! Don't ever sell it except maybe for a titanium Brompton
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easy to count teeth.. I was using this calculator http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
maybe some difference in the radius data for the wheel
I imagine its the 44x12 then, a reasonable gear.
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NICE....enjoy the ride. so what's next on your list of folders to buy ? folderitis, ha. it can never be cured.
I'm in complete control. I don't suffer from folderitis at all. My next bike - if I get a next bike - will be a Moulton, which as we all know is not a folding bike, but merely a separable one. So, no folderitis here. Nothing to see. Move along.
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Bromptons are works of wonder. I hope this is the beginning of a long friendship.

Congratulations on a beautiful bike!
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Sweet bike! I currently have a Tikit, but the small fold and looks are tempting me to the dark side
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Not to diminish the much appreciated contributions of kegoguinness and Folder4life, but the Left Coast is representin' all over this thread!
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Not to diminish the much appreciated contributions of kegoguinness and Folder4life, but the Left Coast is representin' all over this thread!
Howbout some north country comments.
Me likey.
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Nicely done Professor!! I like it in red!! .. bet you can't wait to fold it up and go shopping for oatmeal..

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Sweet! Congrats.
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Man, my wallet always starts hyperventilating with any Brommie pics. And I haven't even got me a new Moulton yet.
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Back after a hectic week and wanted to wish you much luck and prosperity with your lovely new bike :-)
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easy to count teeth.. I was using this calculator http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
maybe some difference in the radius data for the wheel
I imagine its the 44x12 then, a reasonable gear.
Here is a calculator exclusively for Brompton.
http://xldev.co.uk/bgc.html
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