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BROMPTON ACCESSORIES #17 : ABEC-7 BROMPTON EASY WHEELS
|(Photo from Unfold & Cycle blog)|
(... to read more about the heel scratching, click here to read Unfold And Cycle blog on this mod).
|(Photo from Bromfication)|
I was in luck! After a few weeks of misadventure of trying out different wheels, a friend posted that he had these ABEC-7 Easy Wheels from Taiwan. The photos he posted even had wheels with different coloured rims, ones that could match the colour of individual Bromptons. However those he brought in only had black rims with a clear polymer tires. Still they look good and a bit hi-tech with stub spokes that could be seen through the clear polymer.
The good thing about these are that they came in a set of fours complete with screws of respective lengths to suit. There's no need to hunt for screw as in the case of the in-line skate wheels.
The bearings are also super smooth, making it easy to roll the bike.
A look at my well-worn Eazy Wheels which had taken me to many a places. Don't get me wrong, even looking like this, they still have miles of life in them.
A photo comparison of the ABEC Easy Wheels with the Brompton Eazy Wheels.
The ABEC is only about 3mm wider than the Eazy Wheels thus heel scratching seldom occurs.
The two wheels assembled at the suspension block end. The longer screws provided ensures that these two wheels are well anchored into the frame. Please pardon the worn rusty look of my bike; this was before I had it copper plated (.... see Copper Plating the Brompton blog).
The four wheels fixed in. The wider wheels give a better stability when the bike is folded.
The larger diameter of the wheels gives a better clearance from the floor, affording smooth rolling even over uneven ground.
An overall photo of the wheels with the bike. Though larger than the stock Eazy Wheels, they do not look as cumbersome as the in-line skate wheels.
Overall, after a few months of using them, I am happy with the performance of the wheels. They give smooth rolling, better floor clearance and they DO look good too!
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