While attempting to keep Rudolph, my CHPT3 Brompton, as standard as possible, some mods have been happening (more on that soon?). This lightweight Brompton (probably?) won’t be seen with flashy wheels, more Ti, etc, so you’ll have to look hard to see changes from original.
Having said that, today’s mod fits the bill; a subtle little weight reduction that retains the original look? (Sorry, any weight weenies will have to do their own estimations for the grams saved.)
Having picked up my new Brompton CHPT3, & really enjoying the short about-city evening ride to dinner, the next day Mrs Aussie & I just had to get out for an appraisal/comparison session. Sydney Olympic Park was the venue for Clarence & Rudolph to cruise about.
No major hills around SOP but I’m still limited (heart-wise) in being able to keep Mrs Aussie in sight (my usual answer is to ride Ralph-e, my Brompton Alfine GrinTech-electric model). However, my pace on Rudolph really surprised me & the lively & lightweight ride was a delight in being able to keep up comfortably? (A swap to Clarence for a time wasn’t a good idea; my extra speed was gone but Mrs Aussie also appreciated the effortless performance from Rudolph.)
Reflecting on the experience was difficult. I rarely ride a Brompton without loaded front-luggage & Marathon tyres. Did the lightweight Brompton & Schwalbe One tyres make that much difference? More appraisal obviously required, although my too-brief attempt near home the next day with both Bromptons with & without luggage was inconclusive, although Rudolph seemed superior?
Omafiets’ phone call told me that my Brompton CHPT3 was now ready & so without much delay I headed for the shop. After fitting lights & swapping to Presta-valve tubes, I rode off into the night to a celebratory dinner.
Being somewhat blog-quiet of late & often wondering whether there’s something from our little rides that’s blog-worthy, I’ve just had an event (momentous even?) that probably qualifies?
Omafiets in Sydney had an event to present the latest iteration of Brompton CHPT3, the David Millar-inspired lightweight Brompton. With very limited CHPT3 numbers coming to Australia, Omafiets were conducting a ballot to purchase the 2 bikes allocated for Sydney. David was on-hand to talk about the concept & conduct the Sydney ballot draw.
A very pleasant evening of drinks, nibblies, chats & talks before the business of the draw. First number drawn went to ticket holder 01 – wasn’t that me? Yes! Congratulations came from all directions & then the next draw for another lucky winner – Sari. (See pic of winners with David Millar)
My medical issue that makes riding an eBike such bliss, also compounds itself in pumping up tyres. Now my little Fumpa bicycle pump can go with me everywhere! (The Aussie company also produce a MiniFumpa but it doesn’t suit the Brompton wheel spoke widths.)
No change on the Brompton front (although little activity too) but thought I should post about our new wheels.
We’ve some riding coming up that’s more suited to MTBs so after sprucing up our (very) old steeds, I was almost ready to consider some “un-assisted” riding when I came across a couple of special-priced eMTBs. Sold!!! – following a brief test-ride & yesterday we ventured back to pickup our new toys.
The ferry ride home was a good time to contemplate the road/trail ahead?
Like the eBrompton (that may one day arrive in Australia?), our Pedalec eMTBs have 5 levels of assistance. However, since my brief test-ride the Bosch mid-drive motors have had a firmware upgrade to include an “eMTB mode” that automatically selects the level of assistance depending on the pedal pressure. Without even changing gear, heavy pedal pressure supplies Turbo mode – quite amazing!
I’ve been delighted with Ralph-e, my GrinTech-equipped electric Brompton. The assistance-level is programmable (although rarely changed after settling on a level that provides economical battery range) & the combination of a torque-sensing BB & the Alfine 11-speed rear hub provide riding bliss! How this compares to Brompton’s offering will be the $64k (or $5k?) question?
Our Brompton appearances at the Dungog PedalFest late last year was “interesting”. If it wasn’t for the generous helpings of scones with jam & cream, the rough roads could have seen some DNFs. At the time I’d thought that Ralph-e & Peregrine wouldn’t be back next time but now I’m sure the eMTBs will just love it?
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a blog post so here goes…
Seasons greetings to all from the Aussie household. May your festivities be merry.
Yes, hardly makes up for the last few tardy months where I’ve failed (so far?) to post anything on our principal outings – ie Dungog PedalFest, Sydney BromptoberFest & the Tasmania Tour. Maybe soon?