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    Stress on handlebars when useing Brompton as shopping cart?

    I do alot of shopping with my Brompton useing the Brompton folding basket and the handlebars extended to push it around.My favorite methode of turning one way or another is push the handlebars down or up to lift the front or back eazy wheels off the ground and then just pivot on the set that still are making contact.It is to me the perfect way to steer the bike folded.I never considered haveing a load of grocery's could be putting to much strain on the handle bar post and hinge assembly when used this way until a friend mentioned it.
    I have tried to find if Brompton or someone else recommends one way of steering over another but nothing found yet.Any one have a bit more information on this or an opinion I'd love to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdwphoto View Post
    I do alot of shopping with my Brompton useing the Brompton folding basket and the handlebars extended to push it around.My favorite methode of turning one way or another is push the handlebars down or up to lift the front or back eazy wheels off the ground and then just pivot on the set that still are making contact.It is to me the perfect way to steer the bike folded.I never considered haveing a load of grocery's could be putting to much strain on the handle bar post and hinge assembly when used this way until a friend mentioned it.
    I have tried to find if Brompton or someone else recommends one way of steering over another but nothing found yet.Any one have a bit more information on this or an opinion I'd love to hear it.
    I do exactly the same and it is indeed the most stable and easy way to navigate the Brompton through the aisles.

    I have no scientific evidence but I can't imagine a bike built to handle the stresses of bumpy roads with a 90kg human pressing down on it will fail on tiles or linoleum with a 30kg load of groceries.

    I guess as long as you don't subject it to many sudden shocks - such as running down a long flight of stairs pushing a half-folded, grocery-laden Brompton - I don't expect for it to ever give any trouble in your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdwphoto View Post
    I do alot of shopping with my Brompton useing the Brompton folding basket and the handlebars extended to push it around.My favorite methode of turning one way or another is push the handlebars down or up to lift the front or back eazy wheels off the ground and then just pivot on the set that still are making contact.It is to me the perfect way to steer the bike folded.I never considered haveing a load of grocery's could be putting to much strain on the handle bar post and hinge assembly when used this way until a friend mentioned it.
    I have tried to find if Brompton or someone else recommends one way of steering over another but nothing found yet.Any one have a bit more information on this or an opinion I'd love to hear it.
    it's definitely not a problem. i use my brompton in the exact same way you describe and i've been doing that now for 6 years. considering that the bike is designed to take much more stress as a bicycle than you will ever likely be able to exert using it as a shopping cart, i think you have nothing to worry about.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    it's definitely not a problem. i use my brompton in the exact same way you describe and i've been doing that now for 6 years. considering that the bike is designed to take much more stress as a bicycle than you will ever likely be able to exert using it as a shopping cart, i think you have nothing to worry about.


    if that's how you've been riding for six years,then I think I can stop worrying about it.Thanks to both of you for the imput.

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