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Buying a brompton - where?

  • 05-09-2021 8:30pm
    Registered Users Posts: 475 ✭✭ candlegrease

    I see halfords sell them online. Anywhere in person? Is it recommended to go and see in person?


  • Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭ themighty

    My brother picked his up in McConvey's in Belfast, with a BTW. I think it came in about €400 cheaper than down here at the time. It's a few years ago now mind, I don't know if that still the case or not.

    Edit: There are different handlebar variations, and a couple of other options. I went up with him to check them out (from Louth so the trip wasn't too bad). I think it would be worth checking out what suits you, if you can find a dealer that's local enough to you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 393 ✭✭ browne_rob5

    I bought mine here in 2017. They are usually made to order so probably not possible to see in person.

  • Registered Users Posts: 78,136 ✭✭✭✭ Victor

    There are probably other makes of foldable bikes, but without the prominence of the Brompton name.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭ wersal gummage


    I have a (I think) very decent folding bike called a Tern P10, can get up a reasonable speed on it but suspect the folding mechanism is not as slick as a Brompton

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,737 ✭✭✭ Hurrache

    Cycle Superstore usually have some on display.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,589 ✭✭✭✭ tomasrojo

    I think the store I got mine in is closed now. It was a long time ago.

    As said already, you get to mix a few different options: three handlebar types, four options for transmission (single-speed, three-speed hub, two-speed derailleur, six-speed combination of derailleur and hub gear), and colour of frame and fork. You used to be able to get titanium fork and rear triangle for a lighter bike; maybe you still can. You also can chose a standard-length seat post, a longer seat post, and a telescopic seat post if you're very tall.

    Anyway, it's probably worth trying out the bike in store to get exactly what suits you. I did this, and it was useful, but I still had to wait for a few weeks to get the bike I'd ordered assembled and delivered to the store.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,698 ✭✭✭ CantGetNoSleep

    Was there a place in Limerick that did them?

    Aside from the suggestions above, you also need to chose if you want an R (rear rack) or L (just mudguards) version. The rear rack isn't a lot of use as the front bag system on a Brompton is fantastic, but it does make it more stable when folded (e.g. you can set it up as a shopping cart). You can choose a built in dynamo, or the extra light titanium mentioned above (but it is 800€+ more expensive, to save 800g)

    I'm a huge fan of my Brompton and would recommend one to anyone. I own road and gravel bikes but I enjoy my Brompton every bit as much, even for longer 50km+ slower rides. I would advise trying to do a test ride though, particularly to choose between M, H and S handlebars

  • Registered Users Posts: 475 ✭✭ candlegrease

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,698 ✭✭✭ CantGetNoSleep

    I do indeed have an M6R and would recommend that unless you live somewhere very flat

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,589 ✭✭✭✭ tomasrojo

    I have a three-speed. I find it fine for Dublin. People's experience will vary though.

    Coincidentally I saw my first electric Brompton in the wild this afternoon.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 475 ✭✭ candlegrease

    Thanks guys. Was thinking of the 2 speed because it's so light and will only be doing short trips