Another upgrade for a more comfortable and longer ride, I decided to try out the popular Brooks cambium c17 saddle. After some comparison, Wiggle offer the best deal at est $120 SGD with free shipping. Shipping take about 7-10 days, If you do not want to wait it’s available at Outdoorlife at $50 dollar more.
Arrived in very nice packaging, the c17 are made of a natural rubber. Supposedly to be flexible, once season allow the rider to enjoy long ride without butt sore.
The saddle looks perfect on the bike, the Brooks logo on the back plate just make the Brompton look more classic. Take note, the saddle come in different width size make sure you measure your sit bone width to get the right size. I follow this video to measure my sit bone width.
*Update, after 3 x > 80km ride I still cannot get use to the c17 saddle. It’s hard with minimum flexibility, I just cannot seem to get the right position on it. Perhaps it needs more time to “breaking in” but in terms of aesthetic, definitely a saddle to go with the Brompton.
The original “toilet roll” grips is not going to last you round island, the constant holding onto the grips usually cause soreness and discomfort to your hand after 40-50km ride. So to get a more comfortable long ride, I upgraded my handle grips to an ergonomic grips. Ergonomic grips originated from Ergon Bike, I was using their GP1 on my first foldie and immediately felt the effect. The grips come with a support allowing your palm to rest nicely on it, also relieves the pressure on holding on the the grips causing discomfort. Here’s their professional explanation on how the grips help:
There are lots of different model and make of Ergonomic grips, you can easily find one on Shopee, lazada but some of them seem too cheap to be true. I have not try any replicated one before but I guess the material and grip will be different from an original one.The GP make really nice grips but they do not have a pure black version, after some shopping, I found Brooks England Ergonomic Rubber Grip on amazon. Black, premium design and most importantly water proof, giving it’s rubber I think it will not smell and probably give a better grip. It’s about $68 SGD + $10 shipping on Amazon SG and it’s original so if you are getting anything above this price, I suggest just order from amazon. Important things to note, grips normally come in 2 different size. 100mm and 130mm, some even come with 100 on each side and 130 on the other side, design for grip shifter which is normally not for your Brompton, 3sixty or pikes. The original Brompton grips are 130/130mm and according to Brompton website “2017 model Brompton folding bikes had a revised handlebar on the M-type and H-type model allowing these 130mm (the S-type already took 130mm grips)” so 130/130mm grips should fit all Brompton nicely.
The process is pretty simple, first remove original grips with a 2.5mm allen key. The grip should come off easily after unlocking the grip. Next slot in the new grip and adjust your palm to rest on the grip nicely.
Once you are comfortable with the position just tighten the screw to lock the grip in place.Put on the handsome cap and done ! 15 min job for a more comfortable ride.