13 comments


  • Steve Cifka

    Russ and Laura,
    Bravo on your Brompton Touring! It has been such a blast to follow your adventures. Absolutely brilliant use of the qualities that make the Brompton so versatile and more importantly, kudos to your values that embrace touring without hurrying. Dan Price said it…Chronicle life in front of you. Happy travels!

    July 29, 2011
  • Paul

    So, will Panniers and Peanut Butter now need to be updated? Or perhaps there will be a Volume 2 on Bromptons. Either way, looking forward to more of your adventures!

    July 29, 2011
  • Bryan

    What makes your load ~50lbs each? Are you counting food and water (which changes daily) in that weight or is that just 50lbs of gear?

    July 29, 2011
  • BB

    I love that you’re touring with Bromptons. Also very much enjoying the video format posts. Just out of interest, will you go back to spending some time on your Surly’s again in the future do you think?

    July 30, 2011
  • Daruka

    How are finding the different gearing setups you are using?

    July 31, 2011
  • Thanks all for the comments!

    Weight loads: Russ’ gear includes approx 25 pounds of computer and camera gear. Laura carries the food and, yes, her gear load does fluctuate. We haven’t weighed the final configuration of gear, so the 50 pounds is an educated guess.

    Gear Guide: Thanks for asking about an update to Panniers & Peanut Butter! We probably won’t update the original ebook to reflect our new set-up, since we feel the information is still really useful and valid as it is. But, we are talking about putting together some sort of how-to-tour-on-Bromptons guide.

    Surlys: They’re currently in storage, and we definitely foresee using them again in the future. They’re great bikes!

    Gearing: So far, we’re extremely happy with the -12% gearing option. Russ put a double chainring on his Brompton, but hasn’t used it yet, and will likely change it back in the near future.

    July 31, 2011
  • Patrick

    Hi Laura and Russ,
    it’s really nice to read your touring stories, especially now that you are riding on Bromptons. A couple of weeks ago I’ve took my Brompton on a small tour (240km through the western part of the Netherlands) and absolutly loved it.

    There great litte bikes and can handle much more than most people expect.

    By the way, tire changing isn’t that hard, I’ve seen the video from Russ and when putting on the tire, you should try to finish near the valve, not start at it. And the marathons are pretty difficult to fit. The folding kojaks on my Brompton are on and off the rim in a matter of seconds.

    I wish you the best for the following parts of your journey.

    Greets from Holland,
    Patrick

    July 31, 2011
  • Nigel Andrews

    Why do you think it’s hard to change a tyre on a small wheel? It’s easier than a larger wheel simply because of it’s size. You only need tyre levers to remove the tyre. I never use levers to replace the tyre. Once you grasp the technique of fitting with just your hands you’ll wonder why and how you struggled before. That includes the fitting of Marathon Plus tyres also.

    August 01, 2011
  • mech1

    I really love the video diary too! It’s great oportunity to be there with you for a few seconds ;-)

    Your traveling gives me the power of every day commute about 10 miles on my Dahon.

    I’m really surprised that you are able to drive 16″ Bromtons because my 20″ Dahon has suspension front fork and Thudbuster :-D

    But anyway … wish you great travelling and please keep us posted.

    Thank you

    August 01, 2011
  • kerriblue

    Love your tales of travel on the Bromptons! Our Bromptons are on order (nearly 10 weeks’ wait so far!) and I look forward to your production of a touring guide that relates specifically to the Bromptons’ abilities. Enjoyed the 42mph video but hope it’s not the hub I can hear!!

    August 10, 2011
  • ChrisQ

    R&L,
    I am glad the Brommies are working out for you. I just did a nice southern Indiana tour with Elmer around the limestone country where ‘Breaking Away’ was filmed; he on his carbon-fiber road bike and yours truly on his Brompton. The B kept up fine on pavement and excelled on the dirt portions. As for tire changing I concur with Patrick about easy to change tires-try the Primo Comets 37 X 349 (measure a true 32mm wide). They practically dismount themselves!

    August 15, 2011
  • [...] The Path Less Pedaled : un couple californien qui lâche tout pour partir en duo sur leurs brompton. Je leur dois le système d’attache du sac à dos! Thanks Internet! [...]

    June 03, 2012
  • Rains

    Hello and good day! I just want to ask something regarding speed. Can you ride fast on a folding bike with 16″ wheels and just three (3) speeds? What are the things that can influence cycling speed? Thanks! :-D

    August 11, 2012

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