I celebrated a birthday this weekend! One of our growing passions (which I actually picked up in the middle of our bike tour!) is fly fishing. The chance to fish for some trout has become one of the factors we consider when we plan our bike tours and vacations. Here are a few video vlogs from this weekend!
We are always experimenting with different ways to share the riding experience…even if they do look slightly odd to the occasional bystander. In this vid, I take out our GoPro and chest mount and do a little narrated ride up Mt. Tabor in Portland. My hope is that this will be a recurring format on our YoutTube Channel, where we travel and do some local club rides! What do you think?
In this video, we give you an exclusive look at the new Swift Industries Sugarloaf Basket Bag! We are huge fans of bike touring with a basket and this bag makes it so much easier. Watch the video and check it out!
Bromptons have changed very little since we’ve been riding them. Their latest release is perhaps the most significant upgrade in a while and is actually more of a refinement of the bike than a huge evolutionary step. Check out the video to see our ride impressions of the new changes.
For those that would prefer to read than watch, here is the executive summary:
The Brompton is an expensive bike. No doubt about it. For many new users, the experience of such an elegantly engineered frame is quickly ruined once you touch the wobbly, noisy shifters. For a long time, the touch points of the Brompton have seemed out of place with the rest of the bike. Until now.
The new shifters are pleasing aesthetically and function beautifully. The shifting pods themselves tell you the numbered gear you are in, as well as if you are in the high or low part of that range. In our opinion they are a welcome upgrade.
The brakes on the new model we test rode also seem more powerful. I’m not quite sure if that is a change in the lever or the brake caliper itself, but it is a noticeably stronger brake.
The stock foam grips are of nicer quality and removable with an allen head. The older grips were uninspired and glued on to the handlebar.
Overall, this iteration of the Brompton brings refinement to the components in the cockpit and rounds out the experience of a nice high end bike.
Related to this, all our recommendations of touring on a Brompton in our Unauthorized Touring Book still apply. There have been no major upgrades in terms of gearing, elastometer, etc.,