To address a few questions, I have a set of Ergon grips on the one bike.
It had to be trimmed and I bought it used that way. The grip feels nice.
On the other I removed the original grips from the start and put on Oury
grips. Like them too. I replaced the saddles and put on Brooks B-17s. As
far as lights I have various rechargeable lights that I attach when
needed. I just move these lights among my other bikes and the Brompton is
no different. I bought a zippered cover bag (can be found on eBay) just
for storage and when I put it in the car just to keep things neat and tidy.
I love my Bromptons and actually enjoy the ride.
On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:14:41 AM UTC-5, stevew wrote:
> Hi all,
> A few thoughts on lights - We bought my wife's Brompton off Craigslist
> with the Shimano dyno-hub/light setup. It works great for her and does not
> interfere with the fold. I think dyno-hubs are a great way to go, and have
> one on my Ram that I use for brevets, so I would recommend it for a
> Brompton if you ride at night and are OK with the extra cost.
> However, we bought my Brompton new, but I didn't want to pay the
> additional cost for the dyno-hub setup. I use the bike for commuting and
> getting around town, so battery lights are fine for that. For the front
> light I got a Busch and Muller IXON Core IQ2
> It's a fantastic light that I mount to the handlebars. It doesn't
> interfere with the fold and comes off easily if I need to remove it for any
> reason. The taillight took a little trail and error, though.
> At first, I attached a Planet Bike Superflash
> to the rear part of the rail on a Brooks saddle. This worked OK, but due
> to the narrow width of the rail I could never get the clamp to be tight
> enough so that the light stay upright as I bounced along the road. Next, I
> bought a Busch and Muller DTopLight XS
> that I mounted to the reflector mount that sits right above the rear
> fender. This is pretty much the same light (battery version) that is on my
> wife's Brompton, and was mounted in the same place. This was not a great
> solution because on this light, the release to open it to replace the
> batteries is located on the underside of the light, which is hard to access
> due to it practically touching the fender. Trying to open the light, I
> ended up breaking the little tabs that hold the whole thing together, so
> that it started coming apart as I again bounced along the road.
> Finally, I took the Cateye LD610
> from my Ram and mounted it to the reflector mount using a CatEye Rear
> Rack Bracket
> This works perfectly.
> One pretty big consideration when thinking about attaching a rear light to
> the mount that sits above the fender is to make sure that it is not too
> tall. This is because when the bike is folded, the fender and light mount
> are upside down, and are very close to the ground. If the light is too
> tall, the bike will then rest on the light, instead of the little wheel on
> the rear fender, and the Eazy Wheels. Does that make sense?
> Bromptons are great bikes. Get one. You need it. You know you do.
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