I took Monty to NYCeWheels for his 6-month/1,000+ mile checkup. Izzy, the shop’s excellent mechanic, pronounced my boy healthy, fit and ready for spring.
As I headed back across town, I realized Izzy had returned the handlebars to their factory setting, just beyond my comfortable reach. I should have returned to the shop for an adjustment, but figured I’d take care of it at home.
I found an Allen key and tried to loosen the handlebar. It wouldn’t budge. A shot of WD-40 didn’t help. I was nervous about stripping the bolt, and asked Mr. U. to try with his big man hands. He couldn’t loosen it either.
Then my brilliant husband suggested we try the new and improved Brompton toolkit he picked up on his last trip to London. DUH. The large hex bit and ratchet handle made short work of the bolt, and Monty’s handlebars were back where they belonged.
This bit of Brompton bling is as useful as it is beautiful!
Love that toolkit — it’s not just a pretty face! That’s allegedly a tricky adjustment to make; nice to know that the kit dispatched it with élan. (And thanks for this post; it’s likely to come in handy next time Basil sees Izzy himself.)
I confess I considered it something of a Swiss Army knife, until this. Brompton comes through again!