Brompton repairs in London

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Brompton repairs in London

Postby iPete » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:54 am

Thinking of dropping it off in Condor at lunch.. any more specialist and or cheaper places in the city?

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby t4tomo » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:02 am

What's up with it?

I bought my brommie ages ago through action bikes, but they seemed to be reasonably knowledgable on them. they sell a fair few of them which I guess helps.
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby Green Brompton » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:12 am

Action Bikes (Embankment). They serviced mine... not sure if they were particularly cheap... otherwise, Brilliant Bikes (Online) offers you all the spares in the world from Bromptons and provide an AMAZING service!
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby rjsterry » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:25 am

I'm not sure Condor are that clued up on Bromptons based on some experiences of colleagues. IIRC they came back with the cables in a bit of a mess.
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby iPete » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:47 am

Cheers for the info, may go action bikes!

The front hinge requires the strength of heman to fold it and I don't have the inclination to try and take the joint apart. The gear changes are not working either (2-speed), could probably be sorted with a good clean! I sense if I do it myself I'll need various tools I don't have. Do all the work on my other bikes.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby cyclingprop » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:23 pm

Recommend action (victoria) behind NSY. Same chain but know those guys better.
What do you mean you think 64cm is a big frame?

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby TGOTB » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:57 pm

iPete wrote:The front hinge requires the strength of heman to fold it and I don't have the inclination to try and take the joint apart. The gear changes are not working either (2-speed), could probably be sorted with a good clean! I sense if I do it myself I'll need various tools I don't have. Do all the work on my other bikes.


You have tried lubricating the hinge, right?

The gear changing stuff can all be taken apart with some small allen keys; the issue is probably a cruddy rear end :P
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby mroli » Thu Nov 08, 2012 14:20 pm

Dude - if you think you can just drop your bike in at Condor and get it seen to immediately - you may be in for a surprise - they get booked up pretty quickly....

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby iPete » Thu Nov 08, 2012 14:26 pm

mroli wrote:Dude - if you think you can just drop your bike in at Condor and get it seen to immediately - you may be in for a surprise - they get booked up pretty quickly....


I don't need it, can sit in a shop for weeks if needs be.. but went to action bikes and they said it is a Chinese component that Brompton no longer use and only they can fix so it would need to be sent off. Going to treat it to lots of gt85.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby yocto » Thu Nov 08, 2012 17:36 pm

have you considered bikefix. never used them myself but their website is full of folders, so they may be experienced... they are just the round the corner (more or less) from condor, lambs conduit street.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby clarkey cat » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:52 am

Bikefix specialise in folders, recumbents and long distance touring bikes BUT my, and everyone.s I know experience is that they are rude and useless.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby t4tomo » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:55 am

TGOTB wrote:
iPete wrote:The front hinge requires the strength of heman to fold it and I don't have the inclination to try and take the joint apart. The gear changes are not working either (2-speed), could probably be sorted with a good clean! I sense if I do it myself I'll need various tools I don't have. Do all the work on my other bikes.


You have tried lubricating the hinge, right?

The gear changing stuff can all be taken apart with some small allen keys; the issue is probably a cruddy rear end :P


Hinge does sound like a specialist issue if WD40 GT85 won't sort it. would second a clean and lube on the gears, but mines 3 speed hub gears for that very reason - I wanted to be a maintenance free as possible.
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby Ed F » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:57 am

clarkey cat wrote:Bikefix specialise in folders, recumbents and long distance touring bikes BUT my, and everyone.s I know experience is that they are rude and useless.


+1. I got my Brompton serviced with these guys earlier this year. They charged me through the nose, and then returned the bike with the rear wheel nut not properly tightened, and the tyre half-flat. Only good thing is that there was no long wait like there is with Condor, but now I know why.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby TGOTB » Fri Nov 09, 2012 14:46 pm

Just a thought, if you do decide to sort out the gears yourself: When I had issues it was the chain guide itself that was crudded-up, rather than the cable. The cable's a bit fiddly to take apart, so definitely check the chain guide first (which is pretty straightforward).

The chain guide is held onto the frame with a single bolt (around which it pivots). Having lost this bolt in the past, I'd consider reassembling with a bit of threadlock.
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby Green Brompton » Fri Nov 09, 2012 15:00 pm

TGOTB wrote:Just a thought, if you do decide to sort out the gears yourself: When I had issues it was the chain guide itself that was crudded-up, rather than the cable. The cable's a bit fiddly to take apart, so definitely check the chain guide first (which is pretty straightforward).

The chain guide is held onto the frame with a single bolt (around which it pivots). Having lost this bolt in the past, I'd consider reassembling with a bit of threadlock.


TGOTB, I met Mr 10th in the 2012 BWC the other night riding home, a fellow Wheeler it would seem, he was faster than I was on my road bike (the shame), and I wasn't going to get on the drops for a Brompton, that would have been embarrassing! Luckily, he was very friendly, so I avoided further embarrassment by chatting to him for the remainder of the way home :)

Think I'm going to get the OH, and his brother, involved with the champs next year so I have a team to compete with... (no doubt I'll be the slowest as per usual!) ... what am I saying, I said never again as I went up the hill on the 2nd loop... :shock:
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby TGOTB » Fri Nov 09, 2012 15:33 pm

Green Brompton wrote:TGOTB, I met Mr 10th in the 2012 BWC the other night riding home, a fellow Wheeler it would seem, he was faster than I was on my road bike (the shame), and I wasn't going to get on the drops for a Brompton, that would have been embarrassing! Luckily, he was very friendly, so I avoided further embarrassment by chatting to him for the remainder of the way home :)

Yes, he is worryingly fast. IIRC he commutes on his Brompton every day, which I reckon gives him an unfair advantage. That said, I think he beat my (TT bike) time in the last Richmond Park TT, on a road bike :roll:

Green Brompton wrote:Think I'm going to get the OH, and his brother, involved with the champs next year so I have a team to compete with... (no doubt I'll be the slowest as per usual!) ... what am I saying, I said never again as I went up the hill on the 2nd loop... :shock:

Excellent! You really must be hard as nails if it took you until the second loop to say never again; you have to have a go at TTing. I promised myself I wouldn't come back on both laps, aswell as all three laps of the TT race the day before :-)
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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby Origamist » Fri Nov 09, 2012 15:44 pm

Bicycle Workshop in Notting Hill is excellent for folding and utility bike servicing.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby pete54 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 18:13 pm

Avoid Bikefix like the plague.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby mroli » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:06 am

I think they do folders too - you could try Fudge's bike store, its been a while since I've been there, but they used to have a very good mechanic.

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Re: Brompton repairs in London

Postby hegyestomi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:02 pm

Got a friend's independent bikeshop, CycleLab's just off Old street roundabout.
http://www.cyclelab.co.uk/
Nice guys, will give you professional advice and the best thing is that you drop off your filthy bike and pick it up sparklingly clean. They are pretty busy but usually you can have your bike back serviced within 24hrs.


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