Hi Guys and Gals,
Haven't posted for years! Nice to check this place out once more. So i have been a folding bike afficionado for more than ten years. Own a pimped Raleigh twenty, just sold a Dahon Boardwalk 3 speed hub gear, and have owned about 7 Gazelle Kwiksteps. Anyway, after lusting for a Brompton for all that time, the other day i found a good deal, 365 Euros:
Red, 5 speeds (SA hub with two triggers, all gears in hub, not the double cog variety 2 *3 gear thang)... In perfectly serviceable condition but not looking pretty for sure. Has the back carrier and large rolling wheels. Only problem is the bike seems to have a slight tendency to veer right, only noticeable when pushing the bike while not holding steer. Probably slightly battered fork?
Anyway, i am thinking sell because:
-Heard the internal 5 speed is a very uncommon hub, hard to service, not as durable as the three and gives more friction. True? Any of you guys actually like this hub?
-I used to be a bike mech for 4 years, so i know i can spend an hour cleaning the bike up and making it look way better and probably easily get 450 for it. Everything i have seen of the Dutch second hand market for Brommies points in that direction.
-I have a friendly, very local Brommie specialist who could probably sell me a slightly nicer looking Brom for 450 that did include the 2 Cog set up which at present i am very keen on since i'd like to do some very light touring. Do you guys like the 2 * 3 hub thing?
-I might not want a Brom after all... Thing is, it is replacing my Dahon 3 speed boardwalk. Latter bike is not as good but quite good. I never worried about locking that one up even in Amsterdam. I use ABUS hardened chains. But Broms..? They are very in demand with thieves also. And i know you can take them inside most! of the time.. but not always! Still, i covet the small fold, better ride quality and truly multi modal transport capabilities... If the Brom were to be stolen after say three years of frequent service i'd kinda be okay with that, but if it gotten stolen in matter of months,.. well 365 euro represents more than one third of my monthly total income, would be bummer. Opinions are most welcome.