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  • Any ideas on increasing reach on a folder with a fixed handlebar setup? I've inherited a Raleigh folder that in good shape. Removed uneccessary weight and performed a bit of maintenance, but now I'd prefer a position that's a little less squashed.

    Just a case of buying some bar ends? Any other options out there?

  • Any ideas on increasing reach on a folder with a fixed handlebar setup? I've inherited a Raleigh folder that in good shape. Removed uneccessary weight and performed a bit of maintenance, but now I'd prefer a position that's a little less squashed.

    Just a case of buying some bar ends? Any other options out there?

    If it's the raliegh twenty take a look at sheldon browns website, he's owned a few and has heavily modified them. The Dawes kingpin was the same but had an alloy quill stem that would allow for some up and down and back and forth. Ni idea how that'd affect the fold.

  • If it's the raliegh twenty take a look at sheldon browns website, he's owned a few and has heavily modified them. The Dawes kingpin was the same but had an alloy quill stem that would allow for some up and down and back and forth. Ni idea how that'd affect the fold.

    It's a fairly modern one actually, but utterly budget (made by Dahon apparently). I think it's called a 'Boardwalk'. It's a one-piece steering column/handlebar setup.

    Can't find any pics online and can't take a picture at the moment...

  • Any ideas on increasing reach on a folder with a fixed handlebar setup? I've inherited a Raleigh folder that in good shape. Removed uneccessary weight and performed a bit of maintenance, but now I'd prefer a position that's a little less squashed.

    Just a case of buying some bar ends? Any other options out there?

    I'm looking at this at the moment...

    I've got bar ends on mine for a little bit of an extension, but it doesn't give me enough.

    I'm planning to go for an approach similar to this:

    But I think 42cm or 44cm bullhorns will fold in a fixed position. Plan is to have TT levers with crosstops so I have two positions to ride in.

  • Whoever rides that bike must be tiny.

  • That's quite a nice little setup.

    My project has taken a bit of a knock - spoke to Ted James briefly yesterday, and he had two bits of bad news. Usually, it's best to replace whole tubes if there is a crack in one rather than just patch it up, which would be expensive and time consuming. And also, that even if he could do something, it wouldn't be for a long while and it would require posting it to Stroud, where he's moving to.

    Still need to show him the actual frame for a quick assessment, but it doesn't look great so far.

  • oh crap! I assume you are not going to buy a brand new frame?

  • Probably not, because the parts I'd be putting on it aren't in good enough condition to justify the expense. I need to get it properly checked over first to establish where the actual damage is and what the potential consequences of continuing to ride it as it is could be.

    Sorry to disappoint but I won't be giving it up on it easily!

  • give it to scoble to ride, when he inevitably gets knocked off get a new one off the drivers insurance.

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    All this modification and no 2 speed derailleur set-up?

  • Tom, repairing steel frame is all fine and dandy, but this is a folding bicycle, I honestly think it's worth just replacing the frame instead with a second hand brompton that's also been written off (with an intact frame).

  • They don't come around every day though. Next time one passes through Evans, get in touch!

  • All this modification and no 2 speed derailleur set-up?

    and a lot of cable hanging out .

    Wasps

  • I've just seen that registration for the Brompton World Championship opens today:
    http://bwc.brompton.co.uk/bwc-2013/regis­ter/

    Takes place 27th/ 28th July.
    It's at Goodwood racing circuit. I Hope it's as good (and sunny!) as Blenheim was last year.

  • Tried the M324s on the Brompton and finding them a little heavy. Going to get some MKS platform pedals like someone else posted about earlier.

  • Errmmm... this may be a bit cheeky, but if anyone is after a Brompton then I've got one for sale below. Money is going to a good cause... probably another bike!

    http://www.lfgss.com/thread104851.html

  • Just seen this : Brompton Urban Challenge

  • Picking up my new Black S2L from Evans tomorrow evening. Would have liked to have gone the independent-bike-shop route but I want it now dammit.

    Spent today reading through this thread. Have come to quite enjoy my MKS pedals and solid toe clips on my current bike, will pick up some ezy pedals and fit those.

    Any folding bike rides on the agenda in the near future?

  • Greased/oiled the suspension block fittings. No more creaky bed spring noises. It was starting to do my fucking head in.

  • Just started a new job and they are buying me a new Brompton.

    They have stipulated a couple of things that they want me to get so that I can pass the bike on at some point.

    What they have specified is:
    M type (U shaped handlebars)
    6 speed
    Version R - mudguards & rear rack
    Plain black
    Kevlar tyres
    Battery light set
    Touring pannier

    But having spoken to my line manager, there's some leeway in this. Obviously the rack is removable and I can modify bits and bobs.

    Ideally I'd get an S2L, but I think the 6 speed is a definite requirement, so am looking at S6R. No-one has what I need in stock, the closest being a P6R.

    Is rear spacing different on the 6 speed version?
    What is the different between the S type and P type front support, could a change of handlebars on a P give a similar riding position?

    Also, I'm 5'11", would I need an extended seatpost?

  • Just started a new job and they are buying me a new Brompton.

    They have stipulated a couple of things that they want me to get so that I can pass the bike on at some point.

    What they have specified is:
    M type (U shaped handlebars)
    6 speed
    Version R - mudguards & rear rack
    Plain black
    Kevlar tyres
    Battery light set
    Touring pannier

    But having spoken to my line manager, there's some leeway in this. Obviously the rack is removable and I can modify bits and bobs.

    Ideally I'd get an S2L, but I think the 6 speed is a definite requirement, so am looking at S6R. No-one has what I need in stock, the closest being a P6R.

    Is rear spacing different on the 6 speed version?
    What is the different between the S type and P type front support, could a change of handlebars on a P give a similar riding position?

    Also, I'm 5'11", would I need an extended seatpost?

    Go for the S type a lot sportier feel. You cannot change bars after.

    You will not need the extended seat post unless your legs are disproportionally long. I'm 6' and the seat post is perfect at full extension so never have to adjust.

    Get the front bag, even if you have to pay for it yourself.

  • Great. I think it's worth tracking down an S. I just did a bit more reading and it turns out the 6 speed is a 3 speed hub and a 2 speed derailleur, so I have some different options for getting the weight down by playing about with that.

    My legs are pretty normal size so standard seatpost it is. Good to know.

    It looks like Compton cycles in Catford have S6L in stock, so I will ring them tomorrow and then head down there if they do.

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