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13Dec/124

E-Brompton Banter—Part 5—Surfin’ Safar-E

E-Brompton Banter---Part 5---Surfin’ Safar-E--- By Turbo Bob

E-Brompton and board carrier

E-Brompton and board carrier

After my last installment of E-Brompton Banter, you might think I have my head in the clouds. You wouldn’t be the first one to think that. Today we are headed back to earth, specifically the shore break here in sunny Southern California.

Now, I can’t take my E-Brompton out in the waves to catch the big one, but I can sure ride the coastline to watch some great surfing. And the E-Brompton could be the best way to get yourself and your board to the action. Board trailers, board racks or just carrying it while you ride west makes it easy. Back in my surfing days, bikes, woodies and surfboards went together like Hawaii and shooting the curl. Nowadays with all the woodies in car shows or museums, bikes are bigger than ever for getting to the beach.  Having an E-bike is even better than a woodie. Every cool surfer knows that protecting our planet is part of what keeps the waves rolling. How are you going to hang ten if the ocean gets sick? Riding an E-bike is just one way to help, and a big one for sure. So hitch-up your baggies and ’Let’s go surfing’.

What makes the Electric Brompton Stand Out?

You could use just any bike to get you and your board to the waves, so why an E- Brompton? Some of the reasons stand out just looking at it. The solid build, electric-assist, stylish looks and convenience factors easily talk loud enough to be heard over the pounding surf. Once you try one out, the reasons just keep flowing. Here’s a powerful bike that can be folded and tucked away into the safest of places. While you rock the waves, your E-Brompton will be waiting to take you to the next big break.

Combine the small fold with a cool surfboard carrier like in the photo, and you will never wonder where to park your bike again. This carrier uses the board as the trailer, and it all tucks into a small bag for security or storage. Once again that convenience factor stands out like a switch foot in the white water. And if glassy conditions abound, you’ll be hangin’ loose with the crowd at the fish taco stand on the neatest beach bike ever. Can you say kowabunga?

Making new friends with the Brompton

I have been cruising the E-Brompton lent to me by NYCeWheels all up and down the coast. It allows me to tuck into some tight spots to see the awesome surfing all over our area. It makes it easy to get access to many great areas that overlook the best local shore breaks. The electric-assist gets me up to some of the higher spots with ease. And if need be, a quick fold makes it easy to climb and carry to the tougher places in the cliffs.

When the waves are blown-out and the surfers are on the beach, I’ve had many conversations with them about this great E-Brompton. They are quick to spot it amongst all the other bikes in the area. Many of them live on boats or in the smallest of places, and they are fast to see how handy it could be for them. If they aren’t too wet or sandy, I’ll send them off for a test ride which always brings a smile. I love to brag about my old surfing days but they usually just want to talk about the Brompton Bike.
Talking about Bromptons is almost as much fun as riding them. These wonderful folding bikes are as much like a piece of art as it gets. The care and technology put into each Brompton is amazing. People love watching it fold and unfold. They can’t seem to get enough of the way it all tucks together. And when you climb on one, the thrills just keep coming. The ride, easy pedaling and looks appeals to lots of people, not just surfers.

The E-Brompton- a professional Electric Conversion

Turbo and the E-Brompton just love the beach

Turbo and the E-Brompton just love the beach

The E-assist on this Brompton is done in the most professional way. It looks and feels factory. So simple and powerful, you might want to ride it instead of surfing. I’ve had a few surfers forgo some nice waves to stay on the beach a little longer as they check out and try this special E-bike. In fact, the amount of interest it gets makes me wonder if NYCeWheels can keep up with the demand they seem to generate. They don’t mind building as many E-Bromptons as the world needs, I would think.
Have you tried an E-Brompton from NYCeWheels yet? No, well then hang-ten over to the shop and see what you are missing.

Thanks for kickin’ in, Turbo Bob.
“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.”---Bob Weir.

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7Aug/120

E-Brompton Banter-Part 3- Sentimental Journe-E

Turbo's brother gets a chance to try out the E-Brompton

Turbo's brother gets a chance to try out the E-Brompton

A blog by TurboBob

In this installment of my E-Brompton Banter I want to talk about the bike itself. As you might know, I had my Raw Lacquer M3L for over three months. I got a chance to really fall in love with this little folder. I took it on so many rides and to some very cool places. Hence the title, Sentimental Journe-E.

A bit about the Brompton

A Brompton is built to very high-quality standards and rides like a full-sized bike. The convenience it allows for all bike riders is phenomenal. The ability to store it in small places and take it wherever you go is just part of the charm. The interest it generates is obvious when riding it and every time it is seen in its folded mode.
This E-Brompton has the electric-assist but it is still 100% Brompton. Every ride is a thrill and every journey is a adventure. It takes you on vacation with every turn of the pedals. And as you Brompton owners already know, just gazing at it can be most satisfying.

There's just something about the Brompton Bike...

There is something about this bike that is unlike all others.
When you go through the fold, you can feel and touch what seems like a fine watch or camera. Each movement is akin to a symphony and you are the conductor. The on-looking crowd is in awe of your mastery of your folding bicycle. Ok you say, it folds, big deal, what about the ride?

That too is part of what makes it so popular. Giving the feel of any decent full-sized bike, you are never left to think that you are giving up anything to have the folding option. Yes the wheels are small, but it just doesn’t sink in during your ride that that is an issue. It glides as you ride and you get where you’re going. That is part of what a bike is all about. Sure, you need to be a touch more mindful of large road obstacles and grooves. Then again this is a requirement on any given bike. Never once has some bad pavement caused me a problem. It is no mountain bike either, even still, some groomed trails are well suited for the type of riding you might do. It is no laid-down speed road bike, but can be more than comfortable on long touring rides. It is what you make of it.

I have said on many occasions (not just me by the way) that if you could only have one bike, a Brompton would make the best candidate. It excels at many things and is adequate for most things. It can handle a heavy load and can be quite fast without it. It can ride slow to see the sights. It can take you on the back-roads far away from the crowd. It can commute and hide away secure on your arrival.

If all this sounds to good to be true, then just ask the next Brompton rider you see. I’m certain they will mirror my comments and more. The Brompton Company production keeps ramping up and they still have trouble supplying all the converts. That says a lot in itself. A bike this nice with so many great features is hard to find on the floor of most bike shops.

Now for the E-Brompton!

Now, add in the electric-assist conversion and it just keeps getting better. One of the best things I like is how it makes the bike’s stock gearing expand. Low gear is amplified with a touch on the throttle. A steep hill is cut down to size in a way that really pleases me. I can flip it into high-gear and make good time without bogging down. With just a small help from the front hub motor, I can really make good time without overdoing it.

Yes, that is an E-Brompton

So the E-bike part just makes all the great features better. With a small weight penalty (and a cost one too),this E-Brompton is a bike for the times. Easy to take on public transportation, easy to store and secure at your destination and easy to ride, an E-Brompton can get you out and riding when you want. And once again, that is what a good bike is all about.

Still not convinced? Just hit me up to ride this beauty or stop by the NYCeWheels shop and take your first spin on the E-Brompton!

-TurboBob Bicycle Blog

*“If we can make the rider forget that the bike is there, we have done our job.”---Doug Martin*

28Jul/121

E-Brompton Banter–Part 2–Happ-E Feet

Fresh out of the shipping box, My E-Brompton is ready for fun

Fresh out of the shipping box, My E-Brompton is ready for fun

Ever since my first ride on a Brompton folding bike, I have been intrigued with all the benefits it offers. Easy to store, transport, and secure, it just makes bike riding so accessible. Plus, add to that the great lines and quality of the build, and you have one desirable bike. Now with this electric-motor conversion, it has it all.

NYCeWheels set me up with an extended test on a Raw Lacquer M3L Brompton about a year ago. That started a new direction for my interests in bikes. I have even gotten to tour the Brompton factory in England to seal the deal. Their need for perfection and utility is visible in every part that makes up this folding bike. It is said that they are planning an E-Brompton of their own, but somehow I wonder if they could do better than this.

My E-Brompton

Turbo explores the bay on his E-Brompton

Turbo explores the bay on his E-Brompton

My new H3L E-Brompton arrived at my house in two boxes. One with the bike, and the other with the battery. It made it to its destination in perfect shape. A fully assembled and ready to ride folding E-bike popped out of the package. Dressed up in a beautiful white paint job with shiny new parts, it made me smile. Yes, I have happ-E feet. The battery comes in the ‘C’ bag that I like so much. This bag has many pockets, is water-resistant, and comes with a water-proof outer bag that is quick to use, The bag mounts on the steering tube, not the handlebars, so it doesn’t affect the stability of the bike. It has one easy to plug-in connector for the battery, and a nice quick-release that locks it in place. The electrics of the bike are well mounted and don’t hinder the fold. The wiring is tucked in neatly and everything appears to be factory installed. This NYCeWheels E-bike conversion can be done to the Brompton you already have, or included with your new Brompton purchase. Either way, it seems you are assured a professional looking and responding conversion. Up front is a 250 watt brushless and gearless hub motor. Perfectly laced to the front rim, it is as close to silent as they come. Almost un-noticeable, it appears just a few inches larger that a front hub generator. Some might say they think you need more power, but the torque, speed, and efficiency of this combination is hard to beat. It is designed to assist your pedaling, not replace it.

As this series of articles continues, I will tell of the bike, the E-conversion, the ride, the feel, and some of the rides I take. I can get a little whimsical and airy in my descriptions, as may have noticed in my ‘Boy Gets Brompton’ blogs. I already have a plan to take it to a island destination for some fun. I’ve taken it on several rides along the local bays and bikeways since I got it. No telling where else me and my new E-Brompton might show-up. About a dozen cyclist friends have gotten to try it out too.

A quick run down on the Brompton Bike

At this point a run-down on the bike is in order. The ‘H’ designation means it has the new, taller stem that allows the handgrips to be about 2 inches higher that the ‘M’. This is great for riders who prefer to sit more upright, and for taller people like me. The ‘3’ tells that we have 3-speeds available in the rear geared hub. The ‘L’ goes towards the fact that fenders are bolted on and ready for the puddles.

As you might know, a Brompton can fold to a very small size. The uses there are many. Using public transportation becomes more feasible. You can take it with you into buildings and elevators. It can be stored in closets and car trunks without thinking twice. You will find that these pluses will have you riding more and worrying less. These are great attributes in a bike. That is the Brompton way. An E-bike is still a bike. It rides the same as a bike. The power-assist is there if you need it, but just goes along for the ride when you don’t. A grade coming up? Add some power. Getting tired? Add some power. Aches and pains? Add some power. You get the idea. The E-conversion does add some weight to the bike. As you ride, it is all but unnoticeable. After all, it is just the smallest fraction compared to your own weight. The only time it comes into play is when you are lifting the bike. Close to half of that extra heft is in the removable ’C’ bag that you carry with your other hand anyway. By the way, I got the optional 10 Ah battery that will extend my rides by a lot with almost no extra weight penalty.

So there you have it for now. NYCeWheels has made me a happy man with this new test. I will report on my fun and anything else that comes my way. In the meantime, drop by NYCeWheels and take try out the E-Brompton for yourself!

Turbo Bob

“The bicycle can be a philosophical tool as readily as it is a locomotive one. While I don’t see anything wrong with the use of bikes for sport, I do get very bored with the way in which the sporting mentality has penetrated every corner of the cycling world. Many cycle tourists, seduced into seeing themselves as just another breed of athlete, wear funny clothes to prove they are serious about it, and plan their trips as just another kind of race: A to B, quickly as possible. There must be more to life than this.”---Gareth Lovett Jones.