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Old 11-27-11, 06:33 PM   #1
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Yes, I caved in and ordered a Brompton Folding Bike. Raw Lacquer, lower gearing, 12% reduction, Schwalbe Tires, M6R. Looks like a four-five week wait. Can't wait to get it - thanks for all of you who posted on this topic. I am using it because I frequently make airline trips (19 weeks last year). I have a Honda Element and can easily transport bikes by the car (I have a road, mountain, and hybrid) - but this should be great.

I picked raw lacquer (steampunk!) but almost went with something a bit girlier.

I am thinking of using a currently owned and broken-in Brooks 17 titanium saddle. It took me a year to break in (over 500 miles). I finally gave in and used Sheldon Brown's controversial soaking break-in methodology in this case, involving lexol (which I owned). Rode it every day for a week. It's wonderful. I'll let you know if it deteriorates my saddle.

I was wondering what the opinion is for a B66-67 for the Brompton? It's a more upright ride - I was wondering if that would really be much more comfortable. I have average sit bones for a woman 125mm.
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Yes, I caved in and ordered a Brompton Folding Bike. Raw Lacquer, lower gearing, 12% reduction, Schwalbe Tires, M6R. Looks like a four-five week wait. Can't wait to get it - thanks for all of you who posted on this topic. I am using it because I frequently make airline trips (19 weeks last year). I have a Honda Element and can easily transport bikes by the car (I have a road, mountain, and hybrid) - but this should be great.
Congratulations and best wishes in your choice of the Brompton. When I purchased my own now discontinued simple little C Type, Companion, or CE3 model Brompton now 6 years ago this December, the B Spoke option was not offered yet. That did not deter me as I started to modify it a bit at it's first tune up and thereafter over the years. I have never flown with it, but I have taken it everywhere I traveled to locally by private vehicle, public transit buses, electric powered light rail & diesel powered passenger trains.

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I picked raw lacquer (steampunk!) but almost went with something a bit girlier.

I am thinking of using a currently owned and broken-in Brooks 17 titanium saddle. It took me a year to break in (over 500 miles). I finally gave in and used Sheldon Brown's controversial soaking break-in methodology in this case, involving lexol (which I owned). Rode it every day for a week. It's wonderful. I'll let you know if it deteriorates my saddle.
Raw Lacquer is the color (or non-color, I am not sure how to best describe it) that I would have chosen for myself-again, if it was even available when I bought mine. But in the end, even if I did not care for the color I was stuck with (red), the little bike made up far more over the years than any other bike I ever owned. The saddle I use is the Nirve or Electra cruiser rear springs style popular in Southern California and with the beach crowd.

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I was wondering what the opinion is for a B66-67 for the Brompton? It's a more upright ride - I was wondering if that would really be much more comfortable. I have average sit bones for a woman 125mm.
I would go for a bit wide (not too much) and be comfortable over all.

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I liked the prior saddles Brompton got from Fizik.
Their Vitesse .. they ordered the saddle rails bent with greater clearance
to the bottom of the shell.
Advantage , synthetic covered foam .. no harm if it gets wet.
though I would love a leather covered one.

Re #67 , its really between your Bumm and the saddle ,
outside opinions come out of our bumms.
and ours is not yours..

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So true about non-leather saddles - no fuss no muss! I do gave a terry butterfly and a cite that I do like (especially the cite). . .Dear J. (my other) swears by Fizik...

I'll just have to wait it out until my order comes to post the pictures (I think that is what you're referring to!). It's gonna be a long five weeks.

Thanks for the thoughts. I'm off traveling for two weeks. BTW, I visited the Wheelhouse in Santa Barbara on Saturday and they had their demo M6L titanium with lots of upgrades in orange there (M6L-X) that they were selling at a significant discount. I didn't want the titanium necessarily.
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... I am thinking of using a currently owned and broken-in Brooks 17 titanium saddle. ... I was wondering what the opinion is for a B66-67 for the Brompton? It's a more upright ride - I was wondering if that would really be much more comfortable. I have average sit bones for a woman 125mm.
FWIW, my wife and several of our customers say the Rideout saddle is best for them. See: http://www.rideouttech.com/

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