“I also, am happily ensconced in a part of France (25 years, now) with my newly acquired Brompton with S.A. 3-speed which I presume from the frame N° 2901 is a 1990 model. What fun I’ve had bonding with her and sorting things.The original front wire basket has been removed and is replaced by a 40-litre orange bag from Decathlon mounted on a piece of 6mm marine ply. This allows me to do our shopping in the county town of Quimper some 25 kms distant for two Euro each way on the bus . The basket is available free to anyone who wants it.
I’ve been through the same process as you on gearing and am awaiting the arrival of a Brompton 44-tooth chainwheel from Brilliant Bikes, which was substantially cheaper than Evans.
I can’t help wondering if anyone out there who has titaniumised their Brompton’s back end may have a steel back end with the 2-speed derailleur and wheel with BWR hub gear to dispose of at a reasonable price? That would get me a higher top gear to replace the one I’m losing with the chainwheel change. Or am I dreaming?”
I had to reply saying,
“Hi Eden, interesting idea about the swapping of the back end. Maybe I should set up a forum or something or even some kind of swap shop type area….hmm? In a similar way, because my Brompton was second hand I have a telescopic seat post that I’d happily swap for a standard one.”
Later on I added, “I reckon if you could send me a photo of your bike (preferably with the decathlon bag attached) – it would make a great page in the reader’s bikes section. Are you up for that?”
Eden was and here is the page about Eden’s 1990 Brompton M3R. Thank you so much.