Curious if I would find them comfortable or if I would them annoying and uncomfortable. I just want to try them out of curiosity. I saw the different handle bar positions and not sure which one I would like best for myself. I still take my road bike on the train when I go between uni and home, that bike always comes with me.Quite different to a road bike to ride, they flex at the rear hinge to gives some suspension, which makes them less efficient uphill, but they ride pretty will. obviously slightly slower, otherwise the pro would use them in the TdeF etc. but as "fast" whatever that means as say a flat bar hybrid, particularly with S type bars, as they sit slightly lower than M type etc so more aero and more like a full size bike riding position.
As stated above, they can be a bit marmite. They are the best choice if you need to take a bike on crowded public transport as part of your commute. You haven't really indicted what or if you're considering one for.
I just think they're quite expensive >1k. I wonder with the geometry difference how I would find them. Having got used to my road bike, I find the idea of an upright position with hybrids, Brompton's etc. a weird thought.I've never owned a Brompton but they seem well made and versatile machines.
My big concern would be that being so low the drive train would get very dirty and potentially need replacing more often than a full size bike.
If I were buying one I'd consider a hub gear.
Just to to back to this....
Harsh, jolty ride on anything but very smooth surfaces combined with very quick, twitchy steering. Not my cup of tea at all, one spin on a friend's one was enough for me! A conventional 20" wheel folder is not as extreme as a Brompton. ride comfort is still worse than a big wheel bike, but not to such a degree, and the handling tends to be less twitchy. Bromptons are also expensive to buy and extremely stealable so security is a problem.For a start I didn't like the ride.
I’m not sure I agree with you. I find it bouncy and twitchy compared to a road bike.Once you're riding it there's not an enormous difference between a Brompton and an full size bike. It's just a bike. It takes about 10 minutes to get used to the handling. It's not ideal for longer rides but it's perfectly OK. I've ridden 100 milers on mine, at about the same speed that I do on my main bike (which is not very fast).
It's a bit less practical because I don't have a front luggage block so I have to take a rucksack if riding the Brompton. But that's my fault for not having the right equipment. The gearing isn't as low at the bottom end as my main bike so hills can be a bit of a grind. The riding position is very upright so you really feel headwinds.
But these are all minor points. Basically, it's just another bike - a very versatile one that it folds up.
Non cyclists who can be easily impressed say "gosh, you cycled all that way on a Brompton. It has such little wheels. You must be really fit." I don't let them in to the secret that it's not much different to any other bike.
I find it twitchy for about 10 minutes, then I forget about it and my reflexes get reprogrammed.I’m not sure I agree with you. I find it bouncy and twitchy compared to a road bike.
Maybe because I am small and possibly not that strong, I also find it heavy and awkward to carry. Lugging the thing across Leeds train station from platform 1 to platform 16 for a trip to Manchester left my leg covered in bruises.
I bought it on a whim and mainly use it for pottering around town. It’s the only bike I have that I don’t have to change my shoes to ride.
Its main purpose is to sit in my hallway looking stylish and making me feel guilty every time I walk past it for not riding it more often!
I don't know where you live but could you not put the bike on the train to go into town? That's a hell of a lot cheaper than a BromptonHello, I've been on and off with cycling since around 2015. But this year, I don't need to tell anybody about the kind of crap we've all endured in regards to working from home or not being able to enjoy life outside of the office or job like we're all used to.
Last December/January this year I cycled with a cheap Halfords bike, using a car carrier I'd cycle into the city and around the two bridges here (took around 45 mins) and do this pretty much 3-4 times a week in the night. Though it was cold, never felt it and felt quite relaxing.
I gave up in May as my cheap old bike needed around £60 of parts which weren't worth fixing and I decided to just go walking instead. That same 45 minute cycle takes over 2 hours walking though!
I'm thinking more of the mental health benefits, getting away from a screen when 5pm hits instead of sitting around, in the same room, with nothing else to do but look at the same screen after a while.
Do you recommend something like a Brompton? As I'd like to keep the bike in the car most of the time and not worry about a cycle carrier and installing / removing, scratching the car, nearly falling off, needing adjusted etc.. Or are there better cheaper foldables?
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