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  • Best of luck to you two! We’re really excited to be following and promoting your adventure. Bikes + trains, what’s not to love!

    March 02, 2011
  • Alex

    Great to see people on Bromptons who are not miserable guys in suits pedaling to work from the train station! Unfortunately that seems to be the buying demographic in the UK :(

    All the best on your next adventure, and remember that the bike is secondary to the journy!

    Alex

    March 05, 2011
  • @Alex our thoughts exactly! We know that Bromptons are capable of far more than shuttling back and forth from home to office. Its time to show people how to take it on fun adventures :)

    March 06, 2011
  • I run a Birdy, which is also small in size, but large in producing a massive smile on my face whether I am going into town or out on a phototrip.
    You can check out my bike story at http://www.mikemcfarlane.co.uk/photography-tips-and-articles/view/the-cycling-photographer/
    But I really wanted to ask you guys advice. The bike trailer I use is great for carrying a lot of camera gear that I need on trips, but it is a little unwieldy offroad in the sort of locations I want to be. Have you ever come across dedicated panniers for carrying cameras? I also seem to have read a lot of comments also saying carrying cameras in panniers is bad for them because of all the vibration. My cameras have a rough life anyway, so I can’t imagine that being on the back of a suspension bike is too much worse, but you never know. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
    Looking forward to following you on your travels.

    March 09, 2011
  • As y’all cycle north and through Canada checkout this good blog on his Canada journey – http://leonsteber.com/biketrip/

    March 09, 2011
  • Enrique

    Hi Russ,
    I’d love to get your comparison of the Brompton with the Dahon Speed TR.

    March 12, 2011
  • [...] “Big Adventure, Small Wheels” is what the simple-living, travel-addicted couple is calling their journey. The two aren’t new to adventure travel — or to a remarkable dedication to alternative transportation. Just a few years ago, I knew Russ as the local bicycling photographer, famous (at least among environmentalists and cyclists) in the L.A. area for lugging all his heavy photography equipment around on bike. [...]

    March 25, 2011
  • Kathy Desjardins

    Great fun ahead…My hubby, Ron, and I love train trips and bike tours..We have reservations for the fall..We are honored to be able to follow your trip..We will be with you in spirit..safe trip…Life is Good!!

    March 31, 2011
  • [...] After Nicholas’, we ran over to Clever Cycles on SE Hawthorne. We went there to see what Brompton bikes they had in stock and to test ride a few. I’ve been in love with Bromptons for over a year now. I think the first time I saw one was on someone’s flickr photostream. If you’re not familiar, Bromptons are handmade folding bikes from Britain. Very popular in bike friendly Europe, they are very fun to ride and many people tour with them. [...]

    April 13, 2011
  • [...] clever folding Brompton bicycles and combining their leg work with some relaxing train travel too. Big Adventure, Small Wheels takes them meandering across the USA, wherever the wind (well, the train tracks and cycle paths) [...]

    April 19, 2011
  • Some thoughts based on three years of riding Bromptons in hilly Seattle and on doing some smaller-scale touring:
    – The Schlumpf Mountain Drive is a great way to get low gearing without giving up the high end. Note, however, that it doesn’t work worth a darn with the Brompton Wide Range hub; several gears overlap, so you have about eight useful gears instead of 12, and they’re spread across a wider range.
    – Putting a bag on the rear rack means you can’t fold the bike as readily. I attached a Xootr CrossRack Bicycle Rack to my seat post high enough that the seat post still went down far enough to lock the bike together when you fold it. You need to pad the seat tube with some sheet rubber padding, which you can get in the plumbing section of the hardware store so the clamp doesn’t dig into the seat post. At my Ace Hardware, it’s called “red gasket.” I can send you pictures if you’d like.
    – For a bag on the Xootr rack, I use the Arkel Utility Basket. The combination has hauled groceries many a time and took me on a week-long jaunt through the Northwest a while back.
    – Todd’s right about the wonders of Ergon grips. It’s great having the extra hand position to break up the day.
    – If you replace the EazyWheels on the rear rack with Razor scooter wheels, the bike rolls a little better when folded, and the Ergon GC3s clear the ground better. (The EazyWheels also get pretty beaten up after a while.) The metric bolts that screw into the frame (6 mm?) are beefy enough that they won’t bend under normal use. However, for the bolts that secure the wheels to the rack, I had to get 1/4″ grade 8 bolts and drill the holes out just the tiniest bit. (Bolts that just fit the holes soon bent, and my hardware store doesn’t have grade 8 bolts small enough to fit those holes.) The wee bit of drilling hasn’t affected the rack.
    – There’s a new Brompton group in Seattle: http://unitedbromptonriders.org/. Drop us a line if you’re headed for Seattle, and we’ll take you out for a beer.
    – Yes, I know, I should get all of this advice onto my sadly neglected blog.

    April 26, 2011
  • Wow. Scott, thanks for all the tips! Hope you get more stuff on the Brompton site!

    April 27, 2011
  • Teresa

    My brompton is about 14 yrs old. Saw it online and ordered it, love to leave it in the car for those quick rides and city riding on and off trains. Such a great idea you both have for this trip. Good luck and am following your travels !
    teresa

    August 05, 2011
  • Stuart, what are the small modifications you did on the rear rack to put an Ortlieb paneinr ?I’m very interested in your answer because I will soon have a Brompton M6RN and plan to do quite long bicycle trips.Thanks for your answer.

    June 09, 2012
  • I’ve done that too. In fact I know a person who buys a $20-$30 bike every trip, tunes it up a touch, names it, rides it for the trip and then doteans it to someone who needs a bike when she leaves.

    June 09, 2012

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