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aglet

Member since Nov 2011 • Last active Aug 2019
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    I cleaned my Brompton recently and discovered this. A couple of minutes with a file, and I now have an uncomfortable but serviceable Brompton 15-tooth sprocket bottle opener.

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    My first use of the “ignore” feature; feels good, man.

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    Lots of nicked bikes have recently turned up in Leytonstone: https://twitter.com/MPSLeaBridgeJC/statu­s/1159932425457328128

    Presumably the police’ll be checking frame numbers against crime reports…

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    Side by side in the City, for the moment—it’s not actually clear from the photo, but that U lock does not go around the stand.

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    LBK run a saddle library.

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    By general speed I meant that by and large it seems quicker than the 520; more responsive to button presses and nippier showing maps etc. Re solidity the frame of the gadget seems solid enough, just the buttons feel a bit plasticky. Like a cheap digital watch, I suppose the plastic is just a pusher on top of the real button underneath which I hope is awesomely robust and durable.

    The firmware still has annoying quirks; I can’t work out how to make it stop showing me (the same) tips about saving battery life etc.

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    I have recently done the same—upgrade from Garmin Edge 520 to 530. The emergency alert thing is very bad and you should disable it immediately, but otherwise I’m pretty pleased. Hardware seems cheaper—buttons feel a bit wobbly for example—but battery life, useful base maps and general speed are huge wins. Interface slightly better but still a bit pony. Device is slightly larger, no big deal. Not earth shaking, but a solid improvement.

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    The Brompton 2 speed derailleur mechanism is a horrible bodge, and is right in the middle of the road dirt to boot. With a tiny, tiny bearing. I (slightly, it’s not that bad) regret buying a six speed; if I was buying again I’d get a three speed. Weight doesn’t matter very much as long as you remember to alternate arms so that they stay the same length. Unfold and push instead.

    Ergon grips are worth it.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Hi Raymond (?) — nice Stayer bike

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