A former work colleague who has now sadly emigrated to Canada used to commute to and from work on his single speed titanium black Brompton definitely fell in to this category. His set up before he emigrated was as follows as far as I can remember:
- Single Speed Titanium S - type
- Black frame
- Kojak tyres
- No mudguards
- No front carrier block
- Firm suspension
- No Ezy Wheels - standard rollers
- Lighter non Brompton chain set - black (not sure of make)
- Lighter non Brompton cranks - black (not sure of make)
- Brompfication seat post
- Sella Italia saddle (which he said was just over 100g in weight - can this be true)?
- Titanium bolts to replace just about every bolt on his bike
- Lighter headset - black
- Eggbeater titanium pedals - 175g the pair
- Brompfication titanium clamps
- Carbon handlebar (not sure which type)
- Lighter wheels (which he had specially made from a specialist wheel builder in Japan)
- Black bar tape as grips (because they were lighter)
- Brake levers replaced with lighter black aluminium type (not sure of make)
- Cables replaced with a slightly lighter version
He claimed that he had got his Brompton down to just under 8 kg. I have no reason to doubt this as when picking up his bike it felt dramatically lighter than my Original Orange Brompton. I write all this as at the time I thought he was crazy. At the time I remember thinking that I would not succumb to such trivialities. I remember him saying that it was the 'titanium factor.' Once you had sampled the delights of the reduction in weight, you would strive for more. I suspect all these extras would add up to the cost of another Brompton - perhaps more?
My former colleague was uber fit but could not be convinced to enter the Brompton World Championships and would have done very well I suspect. His vice was the small Garmin 500 strapped to the main frame, upon which he would time his commute there and back, logging his fastest times in the hope of getting a personal best.
Well, as you know I have a Titanium Orange Brompton and have gone through the weight shedding process. My friend was right and the closet weight weenie in me came out with a vengeance and was even actively encouraged by some of my fellow Bromptonians!
I feel I have done almost as much as I want to...as much as I can in this regard. Any weight savings from now I will try and obtain by not having that biscuit, chocolate bar or other calorie inducing morsel. It will probably be healthier and less expensive!
My friend in Canada took his Brompton with him and still commutes on it. He claims that he is going to do so through a Canadian winter on Kojaks as anything else would be too heavy. I thought he was crazy in London and I still think he is.
I would be interested to know whether you have tried to reduce the weight of your Brompton or bicycle and tell us why you did this in the comments section. Are you a closet weight weenie?
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