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    Brompton easy wheel mod?..where to find?

    With my Brompton folded it still seems top heavy when I pull it around on its easy wheels. I am always trying to keep it from tipping over. I have seen a mod that when riding the bike, the easy wheels looks normal, but when folded, you can pull the right side easy wheel out on an extension. I am including a picture of what I am talking about.

    Does anyone know where I could find this? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UGC View Post
    With my Brompton folded it still seems top heavy when I pull it around on its easy wheels. I am always trying to keep it from tipping over. I have seen a mod that when riding the bike, the easy wheels looks normal, but when folded, you can pull the right side easy wheel out on an extension. I am including a picture of what I am talking about.

    Does anyone know where I could find this? Thanks.
    Oh my, that looks very interesting. I would be highly interested in this as well. I'll see if I can dig up any info.

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    smallwheeler.... surely there's something about wee bikes that you don't know!
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    Thank you. That is what I was looking for. Now....I just have to figure out how to order one off their website.... haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UGC View Post
    Thank you. That is what I was looking for. Now....I just have to figure out how to order one off their website.... haha.
    Try this:

    Bike Gang

    It's a breeze ordering through here and via Paypal, delivery is free to UK, and it seems to Singapore as well.

    Price-wise it's probably more expensive than ordering directly from BikeFun, though I'm Chinese and sadly still can't fully understand everything on the site.

    Now my problem is where do I get that single mudguard wheel as shown in the video??
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    Asia is full of Folding bike lovers, some with Machine tools ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    Try this:

    Bike Gang

    It's a breeze ordering through here and via Paypal, delivery is free to UK, and it seems to Singapore as well.

    ......

    Now my problem is where do I get that single mudguard wheel as shown in the video??
    I think I can help you get the mudguard wheel...

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    I just ordered the easy wheel mod.

    I'll post pics when it's setup.

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    Yeah, I'm working on getting one for me and few for my brommie friends from bike.gang.uk. These seem harder to get here in the states...

    I wonder why the Brompton company doesn't improve their bikes by making some of the aftermarket things "Standard". To me, these easy wheel extensions are a great idea, and every brompton should have them.

    oh, and thank you very much smallwheeler, you were a big help.

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    If anyone can figure out how to order from Bikefun please post it. They have several Brompton things I'd like to order, but I can't break the code.

    I've sent three emails to their "email us at this address to order" address, with no replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alienbogey View Post
    If anyone can figure out how to order from Bikefun please post it. They have several Brompton things I'd like to order, but I can't break the code.

    I've sent three emails to their "email us at this address to order" address, with no replies.
    Sorry about that, you can try https://www.facebook.com/bikeganghut?ref=hl or Bike Gang if you don't use facebook
    We normally service BIKEfun's products in UK area (we locate in England), but we can certainly help you here (I just found out this post from one customer ~bromptonben? who ordered on our web store).

    Tell us what you need, we will break the code for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bike.gang.uk View Post
    Sorry about that, you can try https://www.facebook.com/bikeganghut?ref=hl or Bike Gang if you don't use facebook
    We normally service BIKEfun's products in UK area (we locate in England), but we can certainly help you here (I just found out this post from one customer ~bromptonben? who ordered on our web store).

    Tell us what you need, we will break the code for you.
    No, I didn't mean that I'd failed in trying to contact you (Bikegang), but that I'd failed in trying to contact Bikefun.

    I appreciate the offer of assistance, and I suppose I could order from you if I'm unable to contact Bikefun directly, but I wouldn't want to pay the shipping from Taiwan to the UK, then UK to USA.

    As far as I can tell, Bikefun is the original source of these parts upgrades (?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bike.gang.uk View Post
    I think I can help you get the mudguard wheel...
    How so? I don't see it on your website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    How so? I don't see it on your website.
    Do you mean this mudguard wheel?

    wheel on mudguard.jpg

    I did'nt list it because I don't see why you need to change the original one. It's not like the original plastic "EZ wheels" that are totally unusable.

    If you want it, I can ask my colleague go get it and post it to you.

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    Hmm it seems I'm mistaken. TBH I've never used the mudguards-only (L-type) version of the Brompton, so I assumed there's no wheel at all.

    I think I'll wait till I receive the extendable wheels and try it out with my R-type before making any more decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alienbogey View Post
    No, I didn't mean that I'd failed in trying to contact you (Bikegang), but that I'd failed in trying to contact Bikefun.
    .....
    As far as I can tell, Bikefun is the original source of these parts upgrades (?)
    Yes, BIKEfun is our supplier and we introduced their products to UK because most of them are really ingenious and top quality made. It will be a shame if fellow brommie owners fail to get them because lack of international marketing presence.

    Anyway, for international buyers outside UK, the items will be shipped directly from Taiwan to their address in tractable package. (I rather not use the stock in UK unless there are promises to keep that just can not be fulfilled in time.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bike.gang.uk View Post
    Yes, BIKEfun is our supplier and we introduced their products to UK because most of them are really ingenious and top quality made. It will be a shame if fellow brommie owners fail to get them because lack of international marketing presence.

    Anyway, for international buyers outside UK, the items will be shipped directly from Taiwan to their address in tractable package. (I rather not use the stock in UK unless there are promises to keep that just can not be fulfilled in time.)
    Okay, PM sent.

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    After reading this thread, I ordered the item from Bikefun. It arrived yesterday, very fast shipping. I installed it yesterday. My initial impression is that that it adds a lot to the stability when pushing or pulling the bike while partially folded. I was concerned that it would add to heal strike problems because it does push out the easy wheels further from fenders but I rode the bike on a short ride yesterday and add no problems. I have ML 6-speed. So an initial thumbs up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schwinnsta View Post
    After reading this thread, I ordered the item from Bikefun. It arrived yesterday, very fast shipping. I installed it yesterday. My initial impression is that that it adds a lot to the stability when pushing or pulling the bike while partially folded. I was concerned that it would add to heal strike problems because it does push out the easy wheels further from fenders but I rode the bike on a short ride yesterday and add no problems. I have ML 6-speed. So an initial thumbs up.
    I second the very fast shipping. I purchased a Kamiyo Turn (Japan) and this (Taiwan? UK?) on the same day, and received this within just over a week. The Turn is expected to arrive some time early-mid August

    I have no bike stand at all, so I was struggling to adjust it while half-kneeling on bruised knees. In reality, the installation is really easy and the only major decision is the angle of the wheel extender (it can make your rear higher or lower when rolling). In the end, I had it touching the suspension block.

    I strongly suggest you use the EZ Wheels - after switching in/out the EZ wheels and skate wheels, twice - I kept the EZ wheels on and had a 2 hours shopping trip at my local mall.

    Bottom line: BIG difference to stability AND weight - each EZ wheel is probably a third the weight of each skate wheel + 2 bearings - and the extendable wheel makes it virtually impossible to tip over.

    TIP - if you are finding it hard to slide the extendable wheel in/out, try twisting the inner metal tube. Worked well for me.

    Heel strike is also non-existent because of the EZ wheels, or maybe I'm just so used to riding with my heels angled out to avoid the skate wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    .......................

    Heel strike is also non-existent because of the EZ wheels, or maybe I'm just so used to riding with my heels angled out to avoid the skate wheels.
    Thanks for your likes, your Ez-wheel extenders were all shipped from BIKEgang Taiwan. You both mentioned about the heel strike issue, I personally don't find this a particular problem (with original EZ wheels - cookie wheel we call it.), but my colleague suffers quite a lot. It's the way you ride, I think, but then if this is an issue, we will figure out something to deal with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bike.gang.uk View Post
    Thanks for your likes, your Ez-wheel extenders were all shipped from BIKEgang Taiwan. You both mentioned about the heel strike issue, I personally don't find this a particular problem (with original EZ wheels - cookie wheel we call it.), but my colleague suffers quite a lot. It's the way you ride, I think, but then if this is an issue, we will figure out something to deal with it.
    It's really a matter of getting used to it - even with 78mm skate wheels I almost never get heel strike anymore. At least, until I replaced the regular pedals with MKS Compact EZYs - they are notably narrower and I've hit the skate wheels a few times, but now with the EZ wheels (again), I find I've got so much space on the pedals yet I still ride with a good quarter of my feet sticking out of the side.

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    Never thought the pedals matter in this context.  He did replace the pedals because the original pedal (foldable) making noises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bike.gang.uk View Post
    Never thought the pedals matter in this context.
    Guess it shouldn't matter 90% of the time, but the Compact EZYs are a bit narrower than standard pedals.

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    MKS uses the same QR mech on several pedal styles..

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