We all know what it’s like a cyclist, we spend our time obsessing about our ultimate bike such as the Canyon’s CF SLX 80 or the Jones 29+ (a couple of my personal favourites there,) but nevertheless, we still can’t help ourselves love the timeless good looks and handmade feel a Brompton
With work on the original concept starting in 1975 – by pure coincidence the same year I was born, I may add – the Brompton folding bike also reaches its 40th birthday this year – or at least the 40th anniversary of when Andrew Ritchie began designing a folding bike in his flat, overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington. Now in 2015, Brompton are the largest volume cycle manufacturer in Britain producing approximately 22,000 bicycles each year (of which around 70% are exported.)
Perfect for, among other things, inner-city commuting, occasional use, and shorter trips where good portability is a factor, this range of classic folding bikes ride superbly, are agile and fast, and will fold quickly & easily into an astonishingly small 585mm high x 545mm long x 270mm wide (23″ x 21.5″ x 10.6″) portable package.
For a quick insight into the Brompton factory and manufacturing process, the following short film shows Will Butler-Adams, managing director of Brompton Bicycle, on the factory floor within the Brompton factory.