bought a brompton!
yes, i will upload pics when it arrives but i just got excited.
i read some other posts in here that basically said that eventually "all roads lead to brompton" in the folding world and i think that's correct. i spent most of the past few weeks agonizing over getting another bike (i already own 6) but justified this purchase by saying that i have my old road bike for sale right now and it should fetch more than enough money to cover this bike, i deserve another bike after living car-less for a few months, etc.
i bought a dahon speed d7 in late november and that was my first folding bike. i also like to mess around with electric bike conversions so i converted that bike to electric. it's pretty cool and i like it but i'm not that happy with the fold and i'm not crazy about it's lack of roll ability when folded. weight isn't great but i expected that when i put an electric hub motor on the bike, etc. but anyway...
i almost decided to get a bike friday because of the speed of the fold and how well it rides.
i almost decided to get a xootr swift because of the lower price tag, standard parts, etc. i could have gotten 2 xootr swifts for the money...
but i just think that the fold of the brompton is just way too cool and elegant so i decided to get one.
however, i didn't really want to buy a new one…even if i can save just a few hundred bucks i would prefer to buy used. there isn't a whole lot of used inventory on ebay, craigslist, etc. i would prefer not to buy used from the UK and ship it here.
anyway…in the end, i bought a used brompton and it is scheduled to arrive next week (2/20) via ups. it's a M6R and includes the brompton B bag, i didn't really care which handlebar i got but the M is pretty popular. i wanted a 6 speed. i wanted the R but could live with the L. i like having a luggage rack and like the better rolling with the luggage rack and ez wheels.
it's red/black and also comes with the telescopic seat pillar, schwarbe marathon tires, and ez wheels.
i have a nice brooks saddle from another bike that i will use on this one. it is currently on my dahon but i'll probably move my brooks to the brompton, dahon saddle from my full size electric to dahon, and put in a cheap saddle on the electric.
i may try to sell the B bag to help recoup of the costs as this was a little bit over my budget.
i don't need the telescopic seat pillar since i'm not that tall. anyone want to trade for the regular seat post + cash?
i'll probably get the brompton bike cover and maybe explore some other minor upgrades.
and yes, i will post pics when i get the bike! i know i know...pics or it didn't happen….