Brompton incoming. Leave alone or 'tinker'…?
Simple things I’d do (assuming you don’t want me to Rohloff and disc became it) are swap to decent handlebar grips, and fit a better 3-speed shifter – the Brompton one is horribly plasticky. If you want to knock a decent amount of weight off it, get a titanium seatpost from Bromptonification.Posted 4 years agoLionheartMember
Not sure, think these are good left alone but I can’t help tinkering so my Brompton went on a diet and a try at reducing rolling resistance. It has a carbon seat post, 3ttts saddle,, flatter bars, different grips, titanium bottom bracket, light weight tyres and inners – always feels twitchy for first 50m then a demon traffic machine (though brakes not ideal) and a useful improvement when its time to pick up and carry.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
You’ve bought a Brompton and are wondering if you’ll tinker. That made me laugh – of course you will!!! It’s in the Brompton owners SOP.
Brake levers can always be improved
Lighting – swap out the rear replector for something useful. I mounted a Nordlich front dynamo and B&M standlight (which I had to grind into an inverted U shape to fit under the bag.
Saddle – personal but I’d swap it
Pedals – the folding one is good but the non-folding one used to be gash.
Grips – again gash and you’ll probably already have better
Gearing – what did you go for. IMHO the two speed is the sweeet spot unless you live in the hilly north
Roller wheels – again fit some nice rollerblade wheels
There is a whole industry…
Ask Steve Parry, Ben or Dave Halliday for some examples. I almost bought that yellow Brompton Tandem, you know.Posted 4 years agocynic-alMember
I think the saddle is fine for short rides.
Gripshift…is that possible?
Have to say, fair play to the loons that customise, but if you are a regular user, the stock bike is fine. Levers are now fine, Dynamo is nice but adds weight and cost.
I properly can’t believe the aftermarket crap you can buy, utter overpriced nonsense. Those anodised clamps for instance, worse than the purple ano days.
Glad to see you’ve followed my advice 😎Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, got confused with a guy who customises stuff on Flickr.
I’ve got a Brompton to make into a recumbent in the shop – should be interesting! Plus one to fit an electric motor to, and two more disc-brakes Rohloff ones to build. And the rear pannier rack to finish designing.
Brompton bodging is fun 😉Posted 4 years ago
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