Brompton is the fastest growing bike line here at Harris. Uses we had never imagined have been mentioned by customers and, I’m sure, there are more to come. The very first person who bought one returned three or four days after the purchase. As she was walking through the door she announced, “I need another. I’ve discovered I can fit two in my Cessna!”
Some time later we sold one to a fellow who claimed that “everyone” at work had a folder and the ones who seemed happiest with theirs were the Brompton riders, so he ordered one. When I asked what he did he replied, “I’m a rigger with the Cirque de Soleil!” Wow. How cool is that?
My use is much more pedestrian. My wife and I have two. We use them when we weekend on our small sailboat. We’ve traveled with them to see family and friends in Florida, California, Virginia and Nevada. I often do my 10 mile round trip commute on mine. Sometimes if feels a little odd, because my route parallels the train and there are four stops between home and work.
I prefer to ride the bike, so I generally do, but jumping on the train is always an option. I just have to be sure I have business cards with me because so many people ask about “that really cool bike”!
Mine is an S2L-X. That means it has straight “S” bars, two cogs, and the superlight upgrade. I particularly like the raw lacquer (clear) finish that shows of the character of metal tubes and and clean brazing work. I added a front dynamo and light after a bit when I needed to ride home from work in the dark each day. Worrying about batteries and charge levels is something I’d rather avoid.
Last week, my Brompton and I took the train to NYC and spent the day with another Bromptoneer riding all around Manhattan.
We then rode over the Brooklyn Bridge, had ice cream Brooklyn, and then rode back over the Manhattan Bridge to Penn Station for the train ride home. It was a great day.
My Brompton remains one of my favorite and most versatile bikes. Whenever I’m riding it, something inside goes, “Ahhhhhh!”.
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