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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Latest Activity: Oct 1

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Discussion Forum

Spring ride Sydney 10k any folders?

Started by greg holbut Oct 1. 0 Replies

Have singned up for the Sydney harbour bridge ride.It would be great to have a folder group.Anyone interested in taking part? Continue

Hasa F2 16 speed foldable... an update

Started by Peter H. Last reply by greg holbut Sep 30. 6 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

Giant Expressway am I on my own?

Started by greg holbut. Last reply by greg holbut Sep 30. 2 Replies

Currently riding  a 2011 model 8 speed ,modified with 47 tooth chainring giant grips,horns quick release pedals and shortened rear fender for better folding 82*35*65.Taking multi-model adventures…Continue

Post a picture of your folder!

Started by hartleymartin. Last reply by greg holbut Sep 30. 66 Replies

Simple - just let us see a photo of the folding bicycle that you ride.

Comment Wall

Comment by Ian Millar on December 21, 2014 at 12:09pm
Tweaking doesn't always work out as expected…
Comment by markysharky on December 21, 2014 at 9:39pm

I had been searching for a medium size front luggage solution for the new S Type. Some time back I cut n filed the handle (very neatly) off the shopping basket frame. I then used the shoulder strap from the T Bag, clipped to the internal frame via some H/D cable ties, to make a versatile shoulder style carry bag. Great for out n back shopping excursions, business matters, but limited for bulky multi stop shopping. Enter the T Bag. The T Bag can be used with the same frame, with good steering clearance margins also. An easy swap when required. Love the T Bag. The Mini O Bag is great also, when no shopping is intended, but I still wanted something a little larger and versatile.

Some time back I purchased a S luggage frame only. I drilled out the rivets, cut down the alloy frame wings, then re riveted. A narrower profile frame was the result. So, what to adapt to it? Very recently, in my continuing search for an ideal size day bag, I realized that I could use this frame with a Zimbale 11ltr saddle bag which is use on the Surly during the winter months. This bag is surprisingly cavernous, and can be expanded with the extended flap. The leather saddle loops hitch over the S frame. It is a comfortable and workable fit, and looks trick. I like the look and practical aspect of this arrangement. What I think I will do then, is experiment with the Carradice Cadet Bag (Green). At 13ltrs it could be a good size knock about bag for day rides when I am away.

So, what I have left over is a beautiful Brompton S Bag with hose flap, that has only been used twice, in mint condition. Any reasonable offer?

Comment by Ian Millar on December 21, 2014 at 9:53pm
Well Mark, this is all very intriguing. Any thoughts of posting pics in the new Sydney Brompton Club?
As for your surplus S bag, I'm very interested but I'm unsure of what may be reasonable to you. Maybe I'll start with an offer of $150 & see who outbids me? (sort of an fBay?)
Comment by Ian Millar on December 23, 2014 at 9:12am
I've just posted in the "Sydney Brompton Club" Facebook group about a Boxing Day sale (Sat, 27/12) at Belrose Bicycles. Their sale news had those magic words, "Brompton stuff too" & so I may be checking it out? (Apologies if your wallet needs a break? Maybe just ignore this?)
Comment by Ian Millar on December 24, 2014 at 8:36am
I don't see anywhere enough of Sydney Cyclist's Folding Fanciers (maybe next year?) & in the meantime, Merry Christmas to all -
Comment by Ian Millar on December 26, 2014 at 11:36am
Today being Blogging Day, here's my latest posting -
Comment by markysharky on December 26, 2014 at 7:43pm

Yeahhh, a tyre comparison shoot out Ian . As hard as I looked, could not find a decent review of the current Brompton tyre, or ride characteristic comparison with the Schwalbe offerings (Kojaks included). Look forward to this. Might be a work in progress report.

Does the supplied Brompton pump allow for presta valves? I have not checked. I wonder how long you will stay with the supplied pedals.

Given that considerable riding time has been with the Alfine 11 speed, will a discernible comparison be offered for the Tiller 40T chainring against the 44T Brompton? Having received my 3 x Tiller Cycles offering (contingency), I am keen to, along with others I am sure, understand the adaption and advantage with the 40T. Tourers take note.

Got to love that T Bag. I looked like a fake Santa starting his rounds, when returning from shopping today. Works a treat on the S without the frame handle -

Any Brompton bike parts / accessory bargains today?

Comment by Ian Millar on December 26, 2014 at 8:04pm
Mark, I think tyre comparisons get a bit too hard when manufacturers make small changes regularly but we're pushed to know what version/year we're using? We'll see…
Brompton's pump can be converted to Presta by reversing the adapter within the pump head.
My Alfine 11-speed with 50T crank has a low gear GI of 24 whereas the BWR with 40T is 26. Not too bad?
As for bargains, the Belrose Boxing Day sale is actually Saturday, 27/12. Could be interesting?
Comment by markysharky on December 26, 2014 at 9:12pm

Interested to know how you determined a 26 low gear with the 40T and BWR hub Ian. Certainly makes it workable for the hilly east. So, what does the top gear run out at? Or, have you calculated what each of the other gears offer in gear inches?

As for tyres, I waxed about standard Brompton tyres v Marathons for some time prior to placing my last order There is genuine interest here. Never having ridden a Brompton without Marathons, can't help but feel the Brompton tyre might offer a livelier more compliant ride -

Comment by Ian Millar on December 26, 2014 at 9:48pm
Mark, easiest way to get GI is to use a hub gear calculator (such as & then you can see every gear. BWR 6-speed GIs are about 33-100(50T), 29-88(44T), 26-80(40T).
Looks like we need to have a tyre roll-off or Brompton swap-ride? The more the merrier, to assist bike differences? (eg M6R M+ vs S6L Brompton tyres, both with 40T but riding style so different?)


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