Folding Fanciers


Folding Fanciers

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

Members: 46
Latest Activity: Oct 1, 2019

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Discussion Forum

Spring ride Sydney 10k any folders?

Started by greg holbut Oct 1, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, 2019. 66 Replies

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

Comment Wall

Comment by markysharky on July 12, 2011 at 5:34pm
Hi Kerry Blue. I was just wondering what model the 'Bromette' is. How long did you eventually wait for the bike? I was hoping also to identify what brake levers Matt Shearer recommended as the best workable option. The existing units are long levers. The guys at Cheeky M are always my resource for individual products.
Comment by Kerry Blue on July 12, 2011 at 5:46pm
Still waiting for the P6R titanium, hub light, clear lacquer... Anywhere from 4 to ? weeks wait at the moment. Might have been a bit quicker if I'd gone for standard paint job - cleaning up the brazing that will be on show takes extra time I guess. Didn't hear back from Matt re the levers - will ask again once the bike arrives! Nick at Cheeky is always a GREAT help!
Comment by CM on July 12, 2011 at 11:15pm

My wife's Brompton (M3R) took just short of 8 weeks from order to delivery early Jun this year.  Mind you, mine took just over 3 weeks to arrive early December last year, so it indicates how seasonal demand in the northern hemisphere summer affects demand.


As to brake levers, after a fair amount of web research, I found that Shimano BL-R770 levers are a nice upgrade over the cheap look and feel of the standard ones.  Fitting turns out to be a breeze too as you can re-use the existing cables.


Comment by Kerry Blue on July 13, 2011 at 6:19am
That's really helpful info - might just go ahead and order the levers now so I can fit them straight away when the Brompton arrives. Have you made any other mods?
Comment by markysharky on July 13, 2011 at 9:31am

Thank you for the response and detail on the levers. Some riders might need to be mindful of reach with these levers. It is noted that the cables need to be changed also? Yes, I have a Brompton on order too. I have switched off to any time delay. I have been told there are issues with the lightweight seatpost and titanium parts delivery

Many years ago I did a distance ride with a group new to me. One of the older fellas had 9 bikes. He said something to me then that still resonates today.: 'The ride is in the detail' And so it is for me. Riding a bike is a beautiful thing. It is enhanced if the machine can be the very best it can be within its design parameters


Modifications  that are in the pipeline are: brake levers; pedals (possible MKS quick release); grips. I have the MKS on my other folders. Also have a spare set of ergo grips with the short bar ends. This should not impede the fold. I noted also that MKS do a quality folding pedal. The levers displayed here are simple and tidy to compliment the bike

Comment by markysharky on July 13, 2011 at 9:47am

I should have read the blog on the cables CM. I got into folders about seven years ago. I had been throwing the leg over the saddle for @33 years and was taking stock of the direction my cycling might take. Cycling has been very good to me, but I wanted something, well, different and workable. The great thing about these bikes is that they are more easily stored, so you can have a few if that is your thing. I was originally disappointed that so few cyclists in Sydney really understood how capable some of these bikes can be. It is great to find a connection point/site for like minded people. I don't do the face book twitter thing, but welcome the opportunity to discuss these machines. Thanks


Comment by CM on July 13, 2011 at 9:56pm

My only Brompton mods up to this point have been levers and grips.  I am quite interested in the idea of replacing the standard folding pedal though.  Mine has developed a quite annoying creak when pressure is placed on the bottom side.  Given the high cost of a single replacement Brompton folding pedal ($50+), I often find myself worrying about which side I'm using or chastising myself for scoot starts on the pedal etc.  I'd like to think I could be more relaxed about such a trivial aspect of cycling though!  Having a good, reasonably priced or more sturdy replacement option would certainly help.

Comment by markysharky on July 14, 2011 at 9:20am

My bikes are 'pinped' to the max on detail, in a conservative kinda way. The boys at Cheeky know how fussy I am with detail, but cater to it happily with a smile. I would find the pedal annoying also,and eventually unacceptable. Web information confirms the original pedals don't 'cut the mustard'

Nick was telling me that Shimano are having trouble with supply Get this: the reasons given are nuke station distruption, floods in Queensland. Seems there has been a slowdown in the delivery of bauxite to Japan. Now who says we don't live in an interconnected world ................(the flapping of the butterfly wings in the Amazon)

Comment by markysharky on July 18, 2011 at 5:45pm
It will be eight weeks on Friday since I ordered my Brompton. It will be interesting to see how long it takes. I had never considered the hemisphere seasons as affecting lead times on orders, but it makes sense. Just goes to show that you are always learning from other people. I certainly hope it comes as ordered from the bespoke options promoted. The brochure is almost boastful about this. It would be disappointing to come other. Yes, I know they always cover themselves with a fine print disclaimer.....but
Comment by Kerry Blue on July 18, 2011 at 6:26pm
It will be 6 weeks this coming Saturday since we ordered our Bromptons so now I know it will be even L_O_N_G_E_R til we see them, given you've already waited 8 weeks. Taking delight in watching the Bromptons on tour at Those two really know how to travel!! Already planning the 4 week ride next year in the Netherlands... My Trek folder has it's nose quite out of joint over the Brommie purchase and the Dahon broke a pedal in disgust recently. I have every faith that my bespoke Brompton is going to arrive conforming exactly to the ordered specs!!


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