Folding Fanciers


Folding Fanciers

Partial to origami riding? Into compact cycling?  Are you a folding frame fan?  This is the group for you!

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Hasa F2 16 speed foldable... an update

Started by Peter H. Last reply by Bob Moore 6 hours ago. 4 Replies

So, I've done some mods to my foldable - still a work in progress, and I thought I would share some pics.I've done the following:- added clipless pedals (donated from my road bike)- replaced the…Continue

Hasa F2 16 speed foldable

Started by Peter H. Last reply by Peter H Mar 26. 2 Replies

So, it seems that those that control the trains hate bikes (at least during "peak" times). They do have an exception, a folded bike that is in a bag. My response to hearing that was, "So, you allow…Continue

Bromtoberfest- Brompton Ride Oct 13, 2018

Started by Bob Moore Oct 2, 2018. 0 Replies

Brompton ride on Saturday October 13, 2018. Ends at Concordia Club in Marrickville for a…Continue

Tags: bromtoberfest, brompton

Brompton To The Gong

Started by Nicholas. Last reply by Mark Green Sep 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Howdy folk - just repeating the invite on behalf of all of us at Cheeky Transport - If you want to get involved in our next Brompton adventure, we’d like to invite you to join our 2013 team for the…Continue

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Comment by markysharky on July 18, 2011 at 8:28pm
...oh me of little faith. You could be right. I am assuming you have ordered the lightweight (x) models? I noticed your Trek folder. Very few were sold. I think Clarence St. C. only had 3 units? I liked the look of that bike/folder. Has It been a good bike? I am also interested to know about your Dahon. I have two Dahons. A 2004 Helios (Sylvie) & 2006 Speed 8 (Buster). It might be that everyone who has had direct experience with Dahons, could have a different opinion about them. They are not very well supported as a product. As an enthusiast, I am prepared to 'tinker' & 'fiddle' to maintain them. They might not last in the hands of just a user. The Helios was out of Taiwan, the quality being better, but prior to improved design incorporation. The Speed was a first generation  Chinese production....alas. Some of their models are good design, but in my humble opinion they should reduce their product range and focus on improving those. I recognize that bike specs are an individual thing, but generally I find that most small wheeled bikes are over geared. The Helios runs a 48T and the Speed a 44T. I have travelled a lot with both bikes independantly, but only within Australa. I do love riding them as much as my 700c bike. Sometimes more when the occasion suits. The Brompton (Peppy) will be a 6 speed with the smaller chain ring. The real problem with speed on a small wheeled bike is road quality. You are forever hunting the road and the things worth seeing go past in a blurr
Comment by markysharky on July 19, 2011 at 5:10pm

...I have not been using this site to my best advantage. I have asked questions of others that are clearly outlined in profiles. Apologies

It is good to see other members with a range of bikes fueling their passion. I like also that some would have pet names for their bikes

Comment by Kerry Blue on July 19, 2011 at 5:29pm
The Trek is a great little bike bought recently on Gumtree for $270 - she only wanted $250 but the bike is in MINT condition - even the LBS couldn't believe its condition when I went in about something else! Sad that Trek only released folders for one year as it's heaps better than the Dahon. Latter is little red flyer, $200 on gumtree, used for one trip only by previous owner who balked at paying $50 for the taxi when he dropped off his car for a service and bought the bike new instead! Rode it once and that was it... Yes, Bromptons are the titanium specifically for travelling... What plans have you with yours when it arrives?? Agreed, Dahon poorly supported - too many models, rather like motorbikes in the 1970s!!!! No parts within about a year of model release was my own experience. And yes, in the hands of a regular joe, I doubt the Dahon would hold-up well. I tinker with mine too. Did you go for the -12% on your new Brommie?
Comment by markysharky on July 20, 2011 at 1:00pm

That's a great find you have in the Trek. They did two models, but only imported the blue one in very small numbers. I was very tempted at the time. Now, having decided about eighteen months ago to collect a few small wheeled bikes as a hobby, I would find that very interesting because of it's brand name and limited production run. You should hold onto it. Look after it, but ride it. The criteria for any purchase wll be the bikes ability to efficiently do a 50 -60km lap around the block. Considerably more for some bikes. Did several 75k club rides with the Helios. If the roads are reasonable, it offers a comfortable 'sport' ride

Yes, the Brompton purchased is -12%. Intend to use with a small campervan and whatever. I love the compactness of it. I never thought I wqould ride a 16" wheeled bike. It's ride dynamics however, feel good'. Opted for the Marathon tyres so that dropping the rear wheel is kept to a minimum. The Helios has Kojaks (fast, good traction, but prone to slicing) The Speed 8 has the Supremes. (too early to tell) 

I feel blessed to include the boys at Cheeky Transport as part of my cycling family (and more) None of my peers ride. With their support I hope to keep the Dahons performing indefinately. That will be easy at my age. Ha



Comment by markysharky on August 4, 2011 at 9:17am
........9 weeks and 4 days since I ordered my Brompton. But who is counting?
Comment by Kerry Blue on August 4, 2011 at 11:09am
Every time you post your wait time, my heart sinks as ours were ordered AFTER yours...It will be 8 weeks this coming Sat since we parted with the deposit!!
Comment by Kerry Blue on August 4, 2011 at 11:18am

We hope to travel OS with our Bromptons plus they should be easy to accommodate in our tiny tiny Jayco poptop. The folded size was a really major factor in our final choice of the Brompton. I'm sure more gears etc make for better touring but I'm old enough now I want to credit card tour rather than carrying everything in panniers and lugging a full size tourer about. Interested in hearing more about your collection, markysharky, but how do you store them all???? I have enough trouble accommodating the Trek, Dahon, Atom racer, Orbea hybrid, old Apollo, old Shogun hybrid and Mum's darling Raleigh Small Wheel (c1967).

Comment by markysharky on August 4, 2011 at 11:00pm

....I suspect they will come together. The issue, I believe, was one of titanium alloy parts delivery. Brompton have had larger orders for the lightweight model than was projected. I suspect we have ordered similar  bikes.....M6LX, -12% Raw Lacquer. Storage can be an issue. I will leave the Brompton in the mini camper in its travel bag. No issue to get it out and operational. I now keep the folders folded, with covers over them. I have grown to enjoy removing their covers, springing them open, checking tyres, then heading off. Upon return, wipeing them over and putting them away. It was a way of reinventing my cycling journey. I no longer want to spend the  l o n g  days on the road I once did. Happy just to cruise around, even if that takes all day.

I bought the Brompton on a whim. Intuited that this would be an ideal bike for intergrated travel holidays. I know I will use it a lot because of its convienience.

I am really surprised that there are so few small wheeled bikes in Sydney. I believed they had a bright future, but their sales have dropped off. They are such a workable transport option with  character and fun ride qualities



Comment by Kerry Blue on August 10, 2011 at 5:33pm
Any sign of your Brompton yet? MIne is coming via Epic Cycles QLD as I'm there more often than Newtown! Have you been following the Bromptons on "A Path Less Pedaled"? russroca (I think that's his name on YouTube has just added a video in which he hits 42MPH on his fully-loaded Brommie. He has lots of Brompton footage - his "speed fold", how to carry a pack on the rack etc. Worth a look!
Comment by markysharky on August 10, 2011 at 8:49pm
...thank you for the link by the way. No real update as yet. I was at the dealer today and read a recent 'sorry for the delail' email sent by Brompton. No commitment though. I am trying to exercise patience born of maturity. Not sure which one is working less. Ha Ha.


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