I want to promote the use of folding bikes as a means of transportation here in the Philippines. This blog is meant to share my experiences as a folding bike user. I chose a Brompton for its classic style and compact fold, but other brands like Dahon, Strida, Bike Friday, Flamingo and Peerless produce good foldies as well.
There has been a lot of talk at the Brompton websiteabout them working on something big and special. Speculations are numerous including an electric-assist Brompton, a new seatpost, a lighter frame and what-not.
But if you asked me, I'm looking forward to a maintenance-free, greaseless carbon belt-drive for the Brompton. : )
My current 6-speed Brompton has a combination 3-gear internal hub and 2-gear derailleur. It's a lot cleaner than your standard 24-speed drivetrain, with all the gears and stuff, but with the standard chain, it still gets dirty. And if you wear pants when you bike, there's still a chance for the cuff to be stained.
With a carbon belt, chain oil will be a thing of the past. Hence, no more cleaning, brushing and degreasing! And no more grease stains on the pants! Plus, carbon belts are quieter.
Bike Friday already came out with a belt-drive Tikit last year, so it shouldn't be that hard for Brompton to incorporate the technology in their bikes.