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May 03, 2006

Brompton Folding Bicycle

Brompton on the train
Originally uploaded by se71.
My tube/train pass finally ran out, and so I decided to bite the bullet and get a Brompton bike so that I could avoid that particular underground hell for a few months.

I got an S-Type. This decision was difficult, as these things always are. There are many standard bikes, and you can also get a custom build, some in pretty colours. The prices vary madly, from about £450 up to £1200, but the higher end models didn't actually have enough improvements to make them cost-effective. A lighter bike is advantageous, but might have less gears. A bike with a dynamo would be good, but is heavier and harder to pedal.

I've been walking past Evans Cycles by London Bridge every day, and decided this would be a good place to buy from. They had five Bromptons in store, and gave me a couple of test rides. I bought the bike I liked best. I have the S6L-Plus. I comes with lights, and a small light-weight handle-bar. I get a bag to attach to the front too (have a look at all the bikes here in this PDF document if you'd like to see what you might have gone for). I'm not sure if I'd have gotten that bike if Evans had had the complete range; and if I'd custom built I might have gone for different accessories, but I like to buy things and use them immediately. Instant gratification++

Posted by se71 at May 3, 2006 04:27 PM


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