I’ve owned a lot of bikes in my adulthood–nineteen at last count. Pretty much everything I got was used. Only two bikes were major new purchases, and “game changers” in their own way: The Surly Long Haul Trucker in 2008, then the Bantam custom in 2015. Now here’s another major new purchase to add to that list.
I’ve been intrigued by Brompton Bicycles for as long as I first heard of them, sometime in the mid-aughts. This British bicycle maker had been making folding bikes since the 80s, continuously refining the design. The big deal about Bromptons vs. pretty much all other folding bikes is compactness: It can fold into a small package, making it easy to bring along on multi-modal commutes or on airlines.1 The Brompton fold also keeps the drivetrain on the inside, so no worries about chain brushing on your (or someone else’s) clothes.
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