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Old 03-06-23, 11:27 AM
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Brompton build - the movie

Brompton recently manufactured their 1000000th frame. They've released a youtube of the subsequent prep and build.


1) The one you buy isn't done this way. It goes down an assembly line.
2) If you've done this kind of work, you'll realize the fork/stem, bottom bracket, brakes and bars are "like we did it in the 1980s" (NTTAWWT). The Brompton design dates from the 1980s.
3) Grease. Torque wrench.
4) Headlamp, but no rear lamp/reflector.

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I looked with interest on them connecting the split shift cable at 14:06. I consider that split cable an awful solution and, after enough many struggles of my own, the split cable got banned from my Brompton. However, the short nose, thin tip pliers they use there are interesting. I never saw such pliers before.
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[Those pliers are used by textile mechanics, called needle pliers because one changes out bad needles on machines with them. you sometimes have 40 needles an inch so tips need to be very thin ..
OTE=2_i;22820975]I looked with interest on them connecting the split shift cable at 14:06. I consider that split cable an awful solution and, after enough many struggles of my own, the split cable got banned from my Brompton. However, the short nose, thin tip pliers they use there are interesting. I never saw such pliers before.[/QUOTE]
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Why did Brompton bother with a split shift cable instead of a lock screw?

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Originally Posted by jdogg111
[Those pliers are used by textile mechanics, called needle pliers because one changes out bad needles on machines with them. you sometimes have 40 needles an inch so tips need to be very thin ..
Can you provide a link to such pliers, by any chance? The only thing I found in this direction was bookbinder's pliers.
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Originally Posted by Winfried
Why did Brompton bother with a split shift cable instead of a lock screw?
Beats me, the screw is so much simpler!
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