As it was a fine morning I decided to see how the Brompton Wide Range gears would cope with a biggish climb. I rode out from my home in Sheffield to Ringinglow on the watershed between Sheffield and the Peak District National Park. Its a climb of 310 metres over 5 miles, not too steep but it keeps going up.
Apart from one short steep shortcut up a footpath near my home, where I had a hint of front wheel lift and stood up for part of the way, it wasn’t too steep for the BWR but I felt I had nothing in reserve and would not have liked to faced several more such hills in a day. I was carrying only a bottle of water and a banana, but I didn’t feel that I could haul much weight.
So for a short ride the BWR was fine, maybe slightly better than I expected, but I would be cautious about a day’s tour. In 2008 I did all the main passes in the Peak district (not in the same day) on my old red Brompton and the narrow range SRAM6 + Mountain Drive made it very easy, even up the vicious Winnats pass I managed to keep moving and stay in the saddle. I guess that confirms my plan that I will overhaul one of my SRAM hubs and install it and the Mountain Drive in the new long wheelbase B before I do any serious touring. However that might not be soon as the Pino looks like being the main focus for touring in the forseeable future.