Robinson is my Brompton P6R that came from a mid-2012 “buy now” eBay sale. The sale info was a bit confusing but I jumped at the chance – & the “can’t resist” price. (It certainly took away the agony of a new purchase in deciding the model, colour, gearing, etc.)

What did I get? a rather tatty & grubby 2008 P3R with manual-change conversion (MTB-gearing, triple crankrings & very short 152mm cranks?), sprung saddle & Brompton B bag & C bag. Oh, & the start of an education into all-things-Brompton? Some TLC, test rides & study of gearing charts lead to ordering parts to turn Robinson into a “2012” P6R with reduced gearing, with Brompton saddle & Pentaclip, firm suspension buffer & Ezy-wheels.

How’s life with Robinson? While my new purchase would probably have been an M6L, I quite like the P bars & I’ve been surprised how the rack does such a good job for rolling (especially with the Ezy-wheels). The 6speed BWR suits my terrain (far better than a 3speed with manual-change cranks) & the quirky shift pattern is an “acquired art” (with a sense of accomplishment?).

Later posts should reveal my Bromptonitis, with tales of upgrades & more?


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