Brompton rear hinge: how many here service it themselves?
I don't like the idea of not being able to service any part of my bike myself. I've read a bunch of threads about the rear hinge and it's made me wonder if as a self-servicer it would be better to use a weaker threadlock when screwing the bolts into the spindle so that they don't have to be drilled out at a later date, i.e. with the assurance of checking the bolts ever so often to be sure they're not coming loose.
I also wonder how easy it'd be to get the reaming right without the £200 Brompton tool. . . I have no experience in that area. I like the idea that there could be ways to organize collective ownership of such tools so that, .e.g all east-london Brompton owners could jointly buy one and somehow have it kept safe and available on behalf of everyone. Which sounds a bit 'Big Society-ish', somewhat unintentionally.