Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Folding Bikes
Reload this Page >

Questions about the Brompton rear rack

Notices
Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

Questions about the Brompton rear rack

Old 08-03-12, 04:25 PM
  #1  
Training.Wheels
Cool Guy
Thread Starter
 
Training.Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 796

Bikes: Jamis Sputnik, Leader 722 Heritage Edition, Brompton, Bianchi Via Nirone, Robinson SST, Diamondback Sorrento

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Questions about the Brompton rear rack

Do the extra wheels make a whole lot of difference when you're rolling it? Is rolling on the little wheels even efficient whether you have a rack or not? I'm just wondering if I should spend the extra money. I'm planning on buying the bare essentials only.
Training.Wheels is offline  
Old 08-03-12, 10:59 PM
  #2  
MadCityCyclist
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 305

Bikes: Brompton M6R, Salsa Mukluk II, Trek 7500, Raliegh fixie, 3 SS cruisers, JC Higgins Color Flow, Junker Flying Jet, KHS F20-A, Worksman trike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I rarely use the wheels, but I use the rack all the time.

The EZ wheels are a nice feature, but it isn't perfect. The wheels can't take a lot of weight so if you're shopping for a family or planning on carrying a big load they don't work so well. Plus, the rack is small so the width between the wheels is not too far, so it's easy to tip over the bike if the basket/bag on the front gets full. Finally, the wheels are small so if there's a carpet or mat on a tiled or concrete floor it has a good chance of snagging and getting caught in the wheels.

One of the reasons I bought a Brompton was for its shopping cart mode, but because all the grocers where I live have throw mats in front of the produce departments and other places, I never use it as such. I use the Brompton for just about everything else, and the rack comes in handy quite often.

If I had to do it all over again knowing what I know now, I'd still get the rack, but not because of the EZ wheels...just for the rack.
MadCityCyclist is offline  
Old 08-03-12, 11:02 PM
  #3  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,322 Times in 832 Posts
Some folks buy bigger scooter wheels.. to roll better,
but the optional Ez wheel upgrade is narrower, adding heel clearance up front..

so there is that consideration..

roller on the mudguard is OK too..
it is more there for the folding action
you just rock the bike back and
roll it on the 2 frame rollers..

Last edited by fietsbob; 08-05-12 at 09:56 AM.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 08-04-12, 05:32 PM
  #4  
badmother
Senior Member
 
badmother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,720
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 317 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The four wheels, one in each cornet of the rack is much more stable than the three wheel solution with the crappy small roller on the fender. If rolling is important get the rack.

You can start without the rack and try it out and add the rack later if you decide you want it.
badmother is offline  
Old 08-04-12, 07:24 PM
  #5  
HGR3inOK 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Posts: 807

Bikes: Brompton H6L-X, Dahon Curve D3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by badmother View Post
... You can start without the rack and try it out and add the rack later if you decide you want it.
Correct. But be aware that the rear mudguard for the R model is not the same as the rear mudguard for the L model. The kit to add a rack (which includes the rack, rear mudguard and reflector) is currently ~$160 US.

-HANK RYAN-
Norman, Oklahoma USA
__________________
DISCLOSURE: I have an ownership interest in a company that is an authorized dealer for Brompton.
HGR3inOK is offline  
Old 08-05-12, 12:31 PM
  #6  
Ozonation
Senior Member
 
Ozonation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,080

Bikes: Helix, Brompton, Rivendell, Salsa, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by badmother View Post
The four wheels, one in each cornet of the rack is much more stable than the three wheel solution with the crappy small roller on the fender. If rolling is important get the rack.
My experience exactly. The rack is much more stable if rolling is important to you, and it's occasionally useful when you need to tie down something. My wife's Brompton has only three wheel solution and the fender roller is awful. I'm tempted to just break it off and head down to the local hardware store and get a single roller for a few dollars.
Ozonation is offline  
Old 08-05-12, 12:41 PM
  #7  
bdi121
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 114
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
. . . fender roller is awful. I'm tempted to just break it off and head down to the local hardware store and get a single roller for a few dollars.
+1 .
bdi121 is offline  
Old 08-05-12, 01:39 PM
  #8  
badmother
Senior Member
 
badmother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,720
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 317 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
https://www.milianparts.com/en/products/plablo/

Could solve the crappy mudgard problem.
badmother is offline  
Old 08-05-12, 01:41 PM
  #9  
badmother
Senior Member
 
badmother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,720
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 317 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by HGR3inOK View Post
Correct. But be aware that the rear mudguard for the R model is not the same as the rear mudguard for the L model. The kit to add a rack (which includes the rack, rear mudguard and reflector) is currently ~$160 US.

-HANK RYAN-
Norman, Oklahoma USA
mudgard must be the same, just other holes drilled? Different stays and wheels I think. Depends how crafty you are and how neat you want it to look .
badmother is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
totten
Folding Bikes
4
11-05-19 01:46 PM
1398567
Folding Bikes
12
05-20-17 09:02 AM
keyven
Folding Bikes
9
09-01-14 07:56 PM
George M
Bicycle Mechanics
3
05-07-14 02:06 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.