Using a Brompton Bike as Primary Transportation

Four years ago I sold my last truck, climbed onto a touring bike and rode off across the US. Since then I have had no desire or need for motor vehicles. I own a couple of specialty cargo bicycles for such tasks as hauling large parcels from the post office or transporting furniture but for the most part, I use a Brompton electric folding bike for my transportation and shopping. The Brompton folds up into a package that is only 22" x 21" x 10" for carrying onto ferry boats, sea planes or airlines. It also collapses into a neat little shopping cart configuration using the Brompton shopping basket or a Valeria's Barcelona basket bag. Places that would never allow a standard size bicycle make allowances for the Brompton. A few days ago I was down at the Cruise ship docks. They have a standing policy against allowing bikes on the premises. I folded the Brompton into the shopping configuration and just strolled right in pushing the cart ahead of me without any notice from the guards. I think they assumed it was some sort of luggage carrier or hand truck. I've taken the Brompton into pubs and restaurants and…

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Brompton Electric

It is August 21, 2017 and to celebrate the completion of our newest Brompton build, I rode out to view the total eclipse of the sun. While out riding I took a few photos of the finished bike. This build has all the features of the upcoming Brompton factory electric bike plus a couple of extras I deemed necessary for loaded touring applications. It has a 500 watt Crystalyte front hub motor capable of operating on a 36V or 48V battery so the torque power & speed is increased over the factory version. The UK has restrictions on the motor wattage and top speed of their e-bikes that we in the US territories do not have to abide by so I opted to use a motor with twice the wattage.  The controller for this motor is attached to the fork yoke by a lengthened fender (mud guard) bolt and does not interfere with the bicycle fold. [caption id="attachment_3907" align="alignright" width="300"] Crystalyte Hub Motor on Brompton E-bike[/caption] There is also a pair of Tannus (airless solid foam) tires on this bike as seen in this photo.  Note the lack of a valve stem.   It is important to emphasize how stress…

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