New Brompton owner 6mth update

mitchibob

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London, UK
@mitchibob @macp any chance of photo with the JK bars? Cheers!
They're only slightly less straight, but they come pretty wide, but with useful markings to enable easier chopping them off to the required width. I've probably taken about an 25mm/1inch so far, and probably going to lop off a little bit more.

The JK mid-riser bars had the same useful markings, and again, come ridiculously wide, but for someone with extremely wide shoulders, would be fine, and actually didn't get to chop them down before 2019 UHC, so profile picture has JK mid-risers un-chopped. Fastest ever time I've ever managed up Swains Lane, but not convinced the ridiculously wide bars helped (think it was the cowbells at the side of the road).
 

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macp

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Cheshire
They're only slightly less straight, but they come pretty wide, but with useful markings to enable easier chopping them off to the required width. I've probably taken about an 25mm/1inch so far, and probably going to lop off a little bit more.

The JK mid-riser bars had the same useful markings, and again, come ridiculously wide, but for someone with extremely wide shoulders, would be fine, and actually didn't get to chop them down before 2019 UHC, so profile picture has JK mid-risers un-chopped. Fastest ever time I've ever managed up Swains Lane, but not convinced the ridiculously wide bars helped (think it was the cowbells at the side of the road).
Great pics
I have not chopped mine down but agree they are well marked should you wish too.
 
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Sixlegs

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I thought why not post a brief update of my ownership as its been 6mths now. First off i know Brompton strongly market their bikes. Some are suspicious and some feel they are over hyped and selling a lifestyle. But hand on heart this is the best bike I have ever owned. And boy im so pleased because I bought it with some trepidation. Especially as I was warned its not a bike you buy untested. However the old rona put paid to that and I just pulled the trigger when I found a bike meeting my requirements. I am also pleased it was a smaller independent, Damian Harris Cycles.

It took me a few weeks to become very comfortable with the quick steering but love it now. Now and again I think it would be nice to raise the bars a little but otherwise I adore this bike. My rural commute involves filthy mud strewn and occasionally flooded country lanes so usually its caked in crap. I just keep the drive train clean & oiled but it still rides beautifully. Today following a mod to the gearing I gave him a wash and he came up like a new penny.

Bloody brilliant bike it just seems to do everything I need. Highly recommended.
I thought why not post a brief update of my ownership as its been 6mths now. First off i know Brompton strongly market their bikes. Some are suspicious and some feel they are over hyped and selling a lifestyle. But hand on heart this is the best bike I have ever owned. And boy im so pleased because I bought it with some trepidation. Especially as I was warned its not a bike you buy untested. However the old rona put paid to that and I just pulled the trigger when I found a bike meeting my requirements. I am also pleased it was a smaller independent, Damian Harris Cycles.

It took me a few weeks to become very comfortable with the quick steering but love it now. Now and again I think it would be nice to raise the bars a little but otherwise I adore this bike. My rural commute involves filthy mud strewn and occasionally flooded country lanes so usually its caked in crap. I just keep the drive train clean & oiled but it still rides beautifully. Today following a mod to the gearing I gave him a wash and he came up like a new penny.

Bloody brilliant bike it just seems to do everything I need. Highly recommended.
A word of warning about being confident with the steering. I had been riding my Brompton for two crash free years until last November, when I became a bit blasé about doing a u-turn on a steep hill. Have done it many times at the same spot during lockdowns, but must have been moving a bit too slowly that time and the front wheel jackknifed, pitching me sideways down the hill head first. It happened incredibly fast, no time for reflexes to kick in. I landed on the edge of my helmet and had a major headache for four days. The Brompton, being a lot tougher than me, suffered no damage at all. I have renewed respect for that twitchy steering at slow speeds. Still love the Brompton, though. I liken it to a spirited horse that can dump you at any time if you become a bit careless.

It is a lot more forgiving with a loaded t-bag, I find, but more fun without.
 

Tenkaykev

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Location
Poole
what grips are those?

I should really update my brommie, I've still got some foam grips on it, albeit with woodman mini bar ends, although I've lost end cap of the bar end so it has half a cork from a bottle of burgandy in it, sculpted to match the slightly concave shape for ones thumb, wrapped in electricians tape:laugh:
They’re Ergon grips , GP2 if I’m not mistaken, available in several colours as well as “ Biokork”
 

Kendide

New Member
Im not familiar with this grip but it looks like the clamp is on the inside (ie by the brake levers) so cutting down the length will not be an option. I advise checking on the length.
I have Ergon GP2 grips that have stubby bar ends integral with the fixing clamp which is on the outside. They are 135mm and I had to cut approx 15mm off the length (to the inside) to fit my Brompton Electric with M bars. I am told that they do the GP range in 100mm lengths.
 

tinywheels

Active Member
Location
South of hades
Im not familiar with this grip but it looks like the clamp is on the inside (ie by the brake levers) so cutting down the length will not be an option. I advise checking on the length.
I have Ergon GP2 grips that have stubby bar ends integral with the fixing clamp which is on the outside. They are 135mm and I had to cut approx 15mm off the length (to the inside) to fit my Brompton Electric with M bars. I am told that they do the GP range in 100mm lengths.
I moved the brake levers in a tad but that was it.no cutting required.
 
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