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  • Turbo Bob

    Great. Bromptons are the best. A fun ride with the an awesome ease of movement.
    I just finished an extended test of an M3L with blog posts to match. Supplied by NYCeWheels, I found it to be the best folding bike on the market.
    I love the front hub generators on your bikes.
    These will be a great way for you two to travel. Have fun.

    February 24, 2011
  • Awesome! I like the idea of folding bikes and trains. Have a great trip, I’ll be following along.

    February 25, 2011
  • I have a customer who did Paris Brest Paris on his Brompton. Enjoy. Are those halogen Lumotecs? The new Busch & Muller Lyt is LED, much brighter and not prone to blowing either at around the same price. Are you going to the Brompton US champs in Philly next month?
    http://www.brompton.co.uk/busc/2011/

    February 25, 2011
  • Sounds very interesting.
    I have been riding a Brompton for 3 years and I am contemplaiting touring with it. The multi-modal travel options are very appealing.
    I will follow your experiences with great interest.

    Good luck on the tour!

    February 25, 2011
  • Amber Swann

    And you guys just keep continuing to inspire!

    February 25, 2011
  • Dweendaddy

    That is awesome! I will be interested to see how the handlebars fare, as it looks like they only have one hand position.

    Did you all end up with 70 pounds of gear each, or total?

    Can’t wait to follow this….

    February 25, 2011
  • [...] They are the new modes of traveling paths less pedaled. [...]

    February 25, 2011
  • Steve Cifka

    Brilliant! You are going to have so much fun!

    February 25, 2011
  • What fun! Looking forward to following your newest adventures.

    February 25, 2011
  • Jon

    Great plan! I did London to Istanbul on a Brompton towing a trailer (www.smallwheelsbigworld.com). The plan was to go around the world, but for various reasons I decided to end the trip in Istanbul – that decision had nothing to do with the bike though!

    My only advice is to be careful of the brakes overheating on the long downhills. Smaller wheels mean the rims heat up faster under braking.

    I’ll be following your journey closely!

    February 25, 2011
  • Bill

    Hi,

    I just received my special order Brompton from NYCewheels. I love it! They are so much fun. I chose all black with the Son Dynamo Hub. M6R, Telescopic Seat, C-Bag, Eazy Wheels, and even added a Garmin 705! Just amazing. My Trek 7.9FX is mounted on the indoor trainer, maybe a long time before it gets outside.

    Enjoy
    Bill
    Kg4fxg@me.com

    February 25, 2011
  • [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by ThePathLessPedaled, thelonghaulproject. thelonghaulproject said: The @pathlesspedaled duo announced plans for their new trip & it involves very small, folding bikes! Cool, want one. http://bit.ly/ibdzWj [...]

    February 25, 2011
  • Ken Harris

    Very cool! From some of the things you guys have said I expected a European trip, but I think this will be better! Very interested to see how your travels unfold.

    Wondering if you feel like you might be missing something while on the train vs. pedaling every inch?

    February 25, 2011
  • Love this idea! Trains are such a great way to travel, especially combined with bikes. Good luck, can’t wait to hear about your non-planned plans!

    February 25, 2011
  • How exciting! Trains + Bromptons seem the perfect combination. Can’t wait to follow you along.

    February 25, 2011
  • Wes

    Enjoy your trip! It will be great fun. Bromptons are a great way to tour without the hassles of a full size bike.

    February 25, 2011
  • [...] Our friends Laura and Russ are announcing their next big adventure! [...]

    February 25, 2011
  • Super cool. I love the project’s logo. Who came up with that?

    When you get up to the Seattle area we’ll get a little gang of folding bikes out for a ride.

    February 25, 2011
  • Fantastic! I can’t wait to live vicariously through your Brompton adventures this coming year… :-)

    Alan@EcoVelo

    February 25, 2011
  • Darren

    Sweet! Brommies rock. Mine has been going strong since 2002. Be prepared to for lots of questions, with the inevitable first one, “how much does one cost.” Obvious answer: “much, much less than a car.” Have fun!

    February 25, 2011
  • For any doubters or if you just can’t get enough, my “yes you can too tour on a Brompton!” post: http://clevercycles.com/2010/11/26/down-the-pacific-coast-by-brompton/ . You’re gonna love it, guys. Ergon GC3′s on menu?

    February 25, 2011
  • If you make it to the east coast of Canada (Halifax, NS) get in contact with me!

    The Atlantic Provinces are full of beautiful scenery.

    Good Luck!

    February 25, 2011
  • can’t wait to track with you guys when you take off in the spring. love the idea of touring on a folding bike.

    we are headed west from ontario to vancouver via denver this spring as well, so maybe our paths will meet somewhere in the middle.

    February 25, 2011
  • Congratulations and good luck on your new endeavour! (Oh and those new Brompton colours are mighty nice!)

    February 25, 2011
  • Hey Russ,

    Looking forward to a photo of the bromptons fully loaded, with rider to see how it all fits together :)

    Wish you guys the best adventure!

    February 25, 2011
  • Daruka

    Hey guys! Daruka here. You stayed at my place in Arcata. I just order a Brompton from Clever Cycles in Portland and hope to do some touring on it.

    Do you go with the standard wide range gearing or the lower option? Have you considered adding a second chain ring? I’m interested to see what you choose for a second bag. I’m considering a Carradice Super C saddlebag or trying to attach a 2nd T bag as a Saddle Bag.

    Did you look at Bike Fridays? If so curious how you made that choice for Bromptons.

    Happy Travels!

    February 25, 2011
  • Daruka

    Also which suspension did you choose. Regular or firm?

    February 25, 2011
  • John

    “… and we don’t have to pedal harder or spin faster in order to keep up with a larger-wheeled bike.”

    Uhmm… are you certain that this statement isn’t simply wishful thinking? I mean, the laws of physics being what they are, would seem to argue against it.

    February 25, 2011
  • [...] with Laura and Russ from the PathLessPedaled, after riding cross-country last year they now have a small wheels big adventure coming [...]

    February 25, 2011
  • Really enjoyed my time on a Brompton that I rented when I was in PDX for work (thanks Todd @ Clever!)

    Touring – would seem to be a great fit! Combine some of the gear paring you learned on your last trek + the train… sounds fun and fast(er)!

    Let me know if you head east. Missed you by a week on a trip to Boston last time. You can get to VT via Amtrak – but you also may consider ViaRail and heading into Montreal then into New England. Quebec has an extensive network of bike infrastructure, Montreal is a world class city, and we here in VT offer some great cycling in the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains as you head south and maybe pick up another train…

    February 25, 2011
  • Greg

    Let me know if you get close to Calgary. This sounds like a fun trip/project/adventure.

    February 25, 2011
  • Jim Ewing

    What a great idea. I have a Brompton that I rode to work last summer in London, and I commute to work on it here in Atlanta. It’s a great bike; 6 gears great for the hills in Atlanta, and it folds up in under 30 seconds so I can stash it in the office. My wife Nancy has one too. I am a patent lawyer by trade and these bikes are beautiful engineering, designed by Andrew Ritchie who is a Cambridge engineering graduate. Cannot say enough good things about Bromptons or the great trip you have coming up. Have fun. Jim Ewing, Atlanta, GA

    February 25, 2011
  • Lyle

    Just out of curiosity, why Brompton instead of bike friday Tikit? Is it just a difference in application (touring vs multi-mode commuting)?

    February 25, 2011
  • Damian

    I’m in the throes of deciding between a Brompton and a Bike Friday for touring. Like you guys, I’m also the owner of an LHT, but I fly a lot and I’m looking to simplify the packing/unpacking process. Given that you’re just a stone’s throw from the home of Bike Friday, I’m sure you considered them too. I’d really like to hear your thoughts on the pros/cons of each of these folders. Thanks!

    February 25, 2011
  • Hi there Lyle,
    We were looking for the smallest possible folding bike we could find that would hold together neatly. Also, the front touring bag on the Brompton is just brilliant and really centralizes and stabilizes the ride!

    Russ

    February 26, 2011
  • Kim

    AWESOME! What a great idea. Can’t wait to read about your adventures and how the Brompton holds up on dirt roads. Happy Trails!

    February 26, 2011
  • Have fun on your tour and consider a detour through Alberta. The Bow Valley is stunning (Banff and Canmore are in the valley) and you can cycle in less than one day from Canmore to Calgary.

    Looking forward to reading about your adventure.

    Sean

    February 26, 2011
  • tim

    Excellent. Looking forward.

    February 27, 2011
  • I’m about to ask the same question to Lyle. Apart from that, the next journey that I’ve been waiting for. Sure it will be great one.

    February 27, 2011
  • et

    I’ve got a Brompton – anyone want to trade for a standard bike?

    I got it for a 10 km commute. Worked well. No need to worry about it getting stolen, easy to take the bus home if the weather was too bad.

    But…
    - small tires make any kind of off pavement travel rough and difficult
    - short handlebars make it hard to steer on uneven surfaces
    - all together its wobbly and hard to maneuver

    Cute, but not very practical.
    Not a bike I would take more than a few km down the road.

    February 27, 2011
  • Welcome to Brompton. Great to meet Brompton users in America.

    February 27, 2011
  • I rode my Brompton with a full camping load down Oregon and NoCal coasts this summer, including offroad sections in the Lost Coast. Best days of my life! Wrote it up in detail: http://clevercycles.com/2010/11/26/down-the-pacific-coast-by-brompton/ . Show ‘em, guys!

    February 27, 2011
  • lac

    Fantastic. My buddy and I are planning to have a bike travel in China. Brompton works well within 10km circle where feature attractions located. Take train to commute at longer distance and beyond.
    Good luck your trip and enjoy!

    February 27, 2011
  • I toured on my wee Dahon Vitesse and it was great. I did find that our (uk) weather meant the rear wheel rim wore really quickly. It was all over by about month four of regular riding. I love the portability and the fact theft becomes a problem of the past. The upright ride suited me, and I found it comfy.
    I pulled a Carry Freedom, folding City trailer and loved the combination. The trailer sits between seats on trains and the courier style bag goes up on the rack.
    I could get everything I needed in the courier bag for lighter trips, and when more things were needed, I simply strapped a second on top with a waterproof rucksack cover over the lot. Brilliant. I’ll send you some piccies of this if you like?

    February 28, 2011
  • Phil S.

    Hopefully you will come through the Great Lakes region, can’t beat Michigan in the summer.

    February 28, 2011
  • Soji

    The Brompton patent dates to 1977 and the bikes were introduced to American cyclists in Bicycling magazine in 1984.

    February 28, 2011
  • Can’t wait to see how you guys gear up the Bromptons for the trip. Will be great if you can run thru the accessories used and how they fare during the trip. Ride safe and have fun!

    March 01, 2011
  • Hi there – great to hear you all have bought Bromptons and will be touring on them! :) I bought my Brompton last summer and have enjoyed it very much. :) Look forward to hearing how it goes for you! I live in the Washington, DC area – and hopefully your travels will bring you to the Nation’s Capitol! :) Charmaine

    March 01, 2011
  • Keiran

    Hello, Best of luck to both of you, I look foward to following your travels, hopefully with lots of photos. Have a look at these photos of Heinz Stucke on a Brompton for some inspiration. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kooskroon/sets/72157625443273851/)I look foward to seeing your luggage lists as I imagine you will have to have a radical rethink and maybe go down the ultralight kit route.I am also curious as to why you chose the M handlebar setup as opposed to the dedicated P touring one. I have been a Brompton owner (M6R)since 2003 and am also a keen ultralight backpacker and kit geek!

    March 02, 2011
  • Enjoy! I commute on a Bike Friday Tikit and love it. I also have a Pocket Crusoe for longer rides. The full-sized bike is covetous, lonely and spiteful. Folders are great bikes; always good conversation around them. I could fill volumes with the comments I get…

    Please come to DC this trip! There’s good riding in these here parts.

    March 02, 2011

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