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Argyll’s Eazy Wheels

When we placed the order for Argyll,  there was some kind of a mix-up.  Although we specified “rack with Eazy Wheels” (several times over), somehow the invoice was written with the Eazy Wheels notation missing.  That was a shock on more than one front, since it hadn’t even occurred to me that a rack could be supplied without Eazy Wheels.

Argyll arrived with very small wheels attached to his rack.  So small, in fact, that any any attempt to roll him resulted in scraping both rack and bungee.  (Above, you can see the bungee squished between the rack and the floor, and dragging on said floor.)  This was utterly mystifying; why supply a Brompton with wheels that acted as an effective brake (while simultaneously destroying lovely B components)?

Clearance for the front set of wheels was only marginally better.  Here’s the little guy, resting on his weird, too-small, wheels and rack:

Zip clearance there.  I wonder why?

Dr. Diarist went to New York and picked up Argyll during one of the worst storms of the season, and as a result didn’t do much in the way of exploring his new Brompton’s capabilities.  He did briefly try rolling Argyll on his way to the train, but reported that something seemed to be wrong.   Once he was home, the problem was obvious.

So we got things straightened out, and, shortly, a set of Eazy Wheels arrived, along with a second surprise:  a bung.  That’s the plug between the wheel sets, in the package below.  The bung fits into the end of the seatpost and  acts as a brake when the seatpost is lowered all the way — a good idea, since a Brompton with Eazy Wheels attached will roll, unlike a Brompton with what I guess are “stock” rack wheels.

Peter, of NYCeWheels, had promised that the wheels would be “eazy” to install, and he was quite right.  Though rather IKEA-like, the instructions were very clear, and the assembly testimony to Brompton’s (almost) always amazing and resourceful engineering.

The only tricky bit is counting the tiny, tiny washers — they are used for spacing, and I found one hiding inside a wheel when I suspected I was one short.  Taking the existing wheels off carefully counts, too, if you want to save time; you’ll re-use some, but not all, of the original hardware, to install the new set if your B comes with a rack.

The front wheels are quite straightforward — just pop them on, essentially — but some attention is required for the rear set.  Counter-intuitively (and brilliantly) one rear wheel is set inside the rack, and one outside.  (That’s Basil, above, illustrating the point.)

Once considered, this makes sense, as the weight of a B is slightly unbalanced when folded.  The Eazy Wheel placement accounts for the discrepancy.  The shot below isn’t the best, I’m afraid, but see the angle of the bungee now, compared to the first two photos in this post?  Clearance!  Yes!

Not everyone will want Eazy Wheels, but we will use our Bromptons in so many different modes that they make a big difference to us:  Getting across a vast terminal is a breeze with a T bag on an Eazy Wheel-equipped Brompton, which pushes like a luggage cart, but with a smaller footprint.   They’re also a huge advantage when shopping, making efficient work of navigating grocery aisles.  And a set of Eazy Wheels can also make it feasible to wheel a Brompton in  areas where a unfolded bike might be banned.

And that bung?  It’s a great brake, but I’m surprised that it, too, isn’t supplied with all seatposts.  With or without Eazy Wheels, I like the idea that it’s rubber that hits the ground, instead of the seatpost itself, if I run the post down too far.   (Others may just learn more quickly than I to lower the post correctly!)

22 replies on “Argyll’s Eazy Wheels”

Great observation on the setup of the easy wheels.
I hadn’t noticed until a second ago :)

I too love the ability to roll the Brompton, especially on platforms (train) and at work and other other places.

Peace :)

Fascinating! During the three+ years I’ve had my Brompton, I never noticed that one of the Eazy Wheels was set inside the rack! So, of course, I went to verify.. and you’re right!

Will B, I was so thrilled when I discovered this shortly after acquiring Basil. Something just didn’t look quite right about the rack . . . and this was it. And it is so wonderfully brilliant! There’s really nothing like a Brompton, is there?

Hi all,

I bought yesterday my rear rack and easy wheels set. They were installed at the bike store that I bought them.

The setup seems similar to the photo above. However when I roll it it turns to the right so no straight line rolling for me. From the bike store they told me that this is the way it roll by disign.

Do any of you have the same issue? Do your bikes with rear rack and easy wheels on roll in straight line or not?

Thanks a lot

Hi, George — I think something is wrong; your Brompton might tend to roll to the left slightly if you have fully-loaded luggage on the luggage block, but it shouldn’t otherwise be tipping, and even this slight tendency is easy to manage.

I don’t like your bike shop’s explanation — no company that designs such an excellent bicycle would deliberately design a rack that causes the bike to tip! Our Bromptons, with rack and Eazy Wheels, roll in a straight line whether folded completely or pushed with the handle(bars) in the up position.

There are a couple of things you can do: First, take a close look at the sixth picture down on this post: (It’s the one with the Eazy Wheels, the red reflector, and the straw in the background.)

See how the rear Eazy Wheels are mounted? One is inside the rack, and the other is outside the rack. Yours should be installed just like these. If not, carefully remove the one that’s wrong, and install it correctly, or take a screenshot to your shop and have them do it right.

The rack’s wheels are specifically offset this way to ensure that the bicycle won’t tip.

Secondly, do you have the actual Eazy Wheels or the smaller ones that come with the rack? I’m not sure that the smaller ones would cause tipping, but I do know that a Brompton is much easier to fold when the larger Eazy Wheels are installed — if you’ve got the smaller ones, you might consider replacing them with the Eazy Wheels. You can do it yourself, as explained in the post.

Hope this helps, George.


Thank a lot for the answer.
Well my bike wasn’t tipping just couldn’t roll in straight line.

I downloaded the sketch for EZ wheels installation and went there. (for a second day they said they checked and couldn’t do anything). So when I checked myself with the help of the sketch I realized that they have omitted some of the washers. Especially the internal wheel was touching the frame.

I told them that (I had to leave my bike again there for another day) gave them the sketch (they should have it on the package of ez wheels) and they fixed it.

To be honest I am not yet truly satisfied. The bike rolls better than initially but still while I roll it it slowly turns right again so no totally straight route for me.

I am tempted to check the installation myself. I have the proper allen keys but my concern is only the right torque pressure that I have to apply.

Should I double check it or not?

Thanks again !!!!

I don’t think there’s any harm in your double-checking the installation, George. Just use good judgement about the torque, and don’t make it either too weak or two strong — and plan on checking the installation regularly until you’re convinced it’s not working loose.

You might pick up a few more washers and see how altering the placement or number may affect the roll. Keep an eye on them; I found one, unexpectedly, inside one wheel where I thought there were none: the number of washers used for spacing does affect the installation.

Good luck — I hope this helps.

Thank a lot for your advice it was very helpful.

I will try to check it myself because I don’t trust them anymore.
Apart from that they haven’t given me all the spare parts that were included in the packages (i.e. small wheels of rear rack etc).

It is so annoying to pay that much money and do it yourself after all.

Thank again !!!

Hi again,

Unfortunately my bike still veers off.
I have checked again yesterday the installation and found another washer problem. As before they haven’t installed the correct number of them.
Unfortunately this didn’t solve the problem. I placed the missing washers but the bike still veers to the right.
I am so disappointed by the particular store and don’t trust them anymore. What if they made more mistakes that I cannot locate? What if they have installed a faulty part? What can I do about that?

During the last weeks I ask all Brompton users that I meet for their rack rolling and nobody had the same issue. I am also in touch with Brompton but they are very late in responding.

The other day I met a Brompton design engineer and he told me that it should roll straight and offered to help (I put my last hopes on him) and maybe replace the rack.

It is so frustrating…..

@The Brompton Diarist

So sorry that you’re continuing to have problems with this, George; here’s hoping the Brompton engineer can solve the problem. If not, and if there are no other Brompton shops/mechanics where you are, maybe take your B to a bike shop with a clever mechanic who can look at the situation? Good luck!

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