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Touring US with a folding bike?

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Touring US with a folding bike?

Hi there,

I commute with a 3 speed Brompton 50-60 miles a week, I don't have any touring experience, but I'm used to camping, hiking, lightweight backpacking etc. Next year during june-july-august I'll be totally free and the idea riding my bike through US just hit me. What do you think about touring US with a folding bike? Is it feasible since the terrain is enormously big in scale, any route suggestions appreciated, TransAm, Northern or Southern Tier etc. (I'm in San Diego). I think that this should have been done before, is there anybody here or do you know someone? Should i forget it and rent a car instead :/

Thanks,

pelin

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surly long haul trucker

Get yourself a Surly Long Haul Trucker. I live on the Southern Tier and host a lot of touring cyclists. The Surly seems to be the bike of choice among them. Reliable and comfortable ride for long distances.

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Thank you for your advice, well actually I don't want to have a touring bike, I like my bike. There are quite a few people riding their folding bikes across Europe, Japan etc. Hmm, I've found a US example: http://clevercycles.com/blog/2010/11/26/down-the-pacific-coast-by-brompton/ . I have time, I should test myself bit by bit by shorter trips I guess.

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on the hills

Especially on the hills and in the mountain terrain, three speeds are practically useless. You need a wide range of gears to tour.

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on the hills

Especially on the hills and in the mountain terrain, three speeds are practically useless. You need a wide range of gears to tour.

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You may be right, I'll keep this in my mind. There is a moderate hill along my daily route and the bike handled it well so far, but during a tour with a loaded bike, climbing hills on and on may be difficult, but I guess I'll keep the little bike, at least try some short tours.

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The Brompton DOES have a wide

The Brompton DOES have a wide range. But isn't it actually six speeds? Mine has a three-speed hub and a two-speed derailleur. I have been up some pretty steep hills in Huaycán (near Lima, Perü)

Anyway, although one of Brompton's advertising slogans is "Made for Cities," I don't see why it couldn't be used long distance. I did eighteen trips in Perü, the longest being 29.6 kilometers. But you would definitely want to take care of the chain and gears, especially if you encounter any dust (unpaved trails/roads).

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You're right, it is 6 speed indeed, well I used it like a 3 speed bike till now, forgot that it had a derailleur!

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gear weight

Along with steep climbs, you have to consider that you will have somewhere between 50-60 pounds worth of touring gear if you are going self-contained. You have got to think about the gear weight, also.

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It is 100% feasible unlike

It is 100% feasible unlike what others are saying.
I have never toured on a folding bike but here are some resources that might get you some info.

These guys wrote a book on touring with a Brompton:
http://pathlesspedaled.com/marketplace/

This guy is currently touring Asia on a Brompton. He is quick on responding to emails if you have a questions for him.
http://worldbicyclist.com

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Thank you for these inspiring stories, I'm totally impressed how light the latter rides.

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Touring US with a folding bike?

I think it's an excellent idea!
You can put 21 or 24 "speeds" on a folder. (Or other combinations.) Just get the handlebars you want.
And a bag to put the folder in when you take public transportation (I vote train over bus) for any part you want to.
Heck you could ride to, oh, Miles City, MT, & then train to Spokane, WA. I always think you have more options with a folder than a diamond-frame.
Wait, are you starting in San Diego, CA? So ride to Texas, train up to Kansas City, MO, then continue riding east. Whatever.
Gerhardt in Portland, OR

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traditional gear

I like the traditional gear. Brompton too eclectic for my taste in bicycles.

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traditional gear

I like the traditional gear. Brompton too eclectic for my taste in bicycles.

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I ride a trek 520 bike around

I ride a trek 520 bike around and have rode down the S. PCH on it, you should check out the http://pathlesspedaled.com couple. They rode Brompton bicycles down Nz. I believe it was called Kiwi Chronicles. Good luck and if you are heading around Tempe AZ area look me up.
Steve

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