“Oh no! I’ve got a flat tyre! What do I do?!” – was the main question we set out to answer for all our Bromptoneers who braved the cold weather and turned up to our first Brompton maintenance session.
The session was run by Cory Boardman who, probably like you, started working on his bike to keep running costs down, learning progressively over a decade by getting things right – and, occasionally, by learning from mistakes. When he’s not riding his Brompton, nowadays he sells them so he knows quite a bit, but is happy to say he’s still learning, too.
We started out in Royal Park where Cory demonstrated removing the front wheel, removing and refitting the tyre and the steps to follow if you find yourself with a punctured tube. As you might expect, there was also plenty of discussion regarding the different tyres available to fit on your Brompton, the ‘best’ pressure to use, pumps and the Brompton toolkit (which we love, by the way).
After an hour of instruction, warmed only by some crackers ‘n’ dip and our love for Bromptons, we decided to decamp and ride the short distance over to Velo Electric & Folding where we’d be out of the weather – and have a convenient work stand to hold the bike for Part 2: removing the rear wheel!
Noel kindly volunteered his bike for this part of the session. As well as walking us through removal and refitting of the rear wheel – which, yes, includes the not-that-scary indicator chain and chain tensioner – Cory covered ways to cleaning your chain, and a basic brake adjustment.
With our heads full of useful tips and information, we wrapped up the session by polishing off the food and taking photos of our Brommies.
Thanks to everyone who attended, and an especially big thank you to Cory for running the session. We will do more maintenance sessions if members request it, so please let us know (here, on Facebook, or even Twitter) if there is a topic(s) you are especially keen to have covered.
Upcoming MBC Events
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail: Originally planned as an overnighter, this ride will now be a DAY ride on Saturday, 11 June 2016. Leaving Lilydale train station we will ride as far as we choose before lunch – definitely NOT all the way to Warburton – then returning back the same way. I will update the FB event details shortly.
Melburn Roubaix, 26 June 2016: If you haven’t registered and got your tickets, it’s now too late to ride it this year, but do look out for photos and post from our riders participating in this years’ challenge!
2016 Brompton luggage launch! Velo Electric and Folding are having a special event on Saturday, 9 July 2016 to launch to the new range of Brompton luggage. I’ve seen it online and can’t wait to see it in store! Looking forward to seeing lots of Bromptoneers there. (And in case you need even more incentive, there will be finger food provided!)
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