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Old 05-06-12, 11:15 AM
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Nah, we used it all the time at U of M.

Reading about your conversation with the LBS -from one geer to another, I really like the fold of the Brompton. Absolute beauty. The cockpit space feels good and maneuverable. Lukewarms points however are the spin up feels sluggish and perhaps even draggy. Additionally for the price, the quality of the 6 spd shifters and lack of crispness in changes was a little disappointing. Coupled with our Canadian weather, car culture and sprawl I can see a lot of hurdles for promoting bicycle riding in general.

Weighing it as a whole package however, I'm leaning towards one as a multimodal and travel bike. Like you, my current folder sees more use than the 26" due to versatility.
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Old 05-06-12, 11:52 AM
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In relation to the dragginess, I've been hoping to find a wax chain lube for the Brompton but will probably settle with oil since the combination of hub gear plus tensioner does indeed reduce efficiency. It's crucial to have the chain running as smooth as possible and the hub gear cones adjusted perfectly.

In contrast, with the same hub on my Dahon which requires no tensioner there's not such a need to have everything so well tuned.
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Old 05-06-12, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ccmfolder View Post
Lukewarms points however are the spin up feels sluggish and perhaps even draggy. Additionally for the price, the quality of the 6 spd shifters and lack of crispness in changes was a little disappointing.
I actually find the shifters pretty decent. Mind you, I'm comparing them to the technology of grip shifters on my hybrid from 10 years ago - might not be a fair comparison.

What exactly do you mean by a sluggish or draggy spin up? I find mine quite acceptable.
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Old 05-06-12, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
If you look at the Brompton brochure, they state that their models range from 20 lbs to 28 lbs. I measured mine: I have the rack, both sets of Eazy wheels, reduced 6 gearing option, bungee cord, Brooks saddle, Ergon grips, etc. It all adds up. Brompton claims that they give a true measure of weight: everything included. And I believe them. If I were to strip out everything, I'd probably get down to about 22 lbs. to 24 lbs. So, my configuration is probably a bit more than the average garden variety.
Gotcha, thanks. I browsed the Brompton website, and the standard configurations seem to range from 25 to 27 pounds. The X configurations are a couple of pounds lighter.
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Old 05-06-12, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Purpleorchid View Post
I bet she wouldn't mind if you got this one...the Pacific iF Mode folding bike: https://www.pacific-cycles.com/produc...1&cat2=4&pid=1
Yikes, that should have come with a warning...looking at that pic damaged my left contact lens.

There is room for all, and I'm not a hater. But, those folders are the crocs of the bike world.
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Old 05-06-12, 04:04 PM
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Kids get it, adults don't. I have the Dahon s1. I removed the fenders, rack, kickstand and put big apple tires on it, so it looks kind of bmx. Young kids to teenagers think the bike is awesome, but adults think its stupid. I've been riding this bike for 4 years now. I ride it to a skateboard bike park with my son on his hotrock, and all the kids love it.
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