So I got back from the paper run this morning to find a strange shape package had arrived:
It was one of those presents that even when you open it, takes a bit of opening
But we got there in the end (we’re not going to win any competitions though).
What can I say? As anyone who reads the blog regularly or follows me on Twitter, I’ve wanted a Brompton for ages now, without being quite able to justify the cost of a new one and not wanting to inadvertently buy a stolen bike if I went secondhand. So I just kept on mentioning the fact in the hope that the Brompton Fairy worked a bit like the Puncture Fairy, only in a more benign way. And it turns out that she does – or at least it meant that when one of my mum’s friends mentioned that she had a folding bike she have bought ages ago but was no longer able to ride due to illness, Mum and the other half was able to get on the case and a deal was done.
Now the danger is that when you get something you’ve longed for for ages, the reality can’t quite live up to the hype. I’ve ridden a couple of Bromptons, and of course admired them at various Cycling Embassy meetings over the last year, but not enough to really form much of an impression of them as a bicycle, as opposed to a really handy thing to have for travelling. What struck me the minute I started unfolding it was just how nicely and solidly it was put together, and how well thought-out the whole thing is. Which is exactly what everyone else says about them, but it’s nice to experience it for myself – and even better, with MY Brompton. My very own. And it rides very nicely too. I can confirm I needed every one of the six gears on the way to and from the village though.
Obviously a Brompton is an entirely practical bike, which will make it easy for me to get about in London and attend bike protests in Edinburgh without having to book well in advance on the train. And it will be good to have a spare bike for guests and use it for when I have a lift into town but not back again and so on. In fact there are a hundred entirely sensible reasons for owning a Brompton … but none of them entirely explain the huge grin I’ve had on my face all afternoon.
Lucky you, I was well impressed when I had a ride on one a rather long time ago.
What next…how about a unicycle?
Ha, you look like you are having a fine time! Are you bringing it to brizzle? Can i have a go?
Welcome to the club! Proper colour too. :c)
Flighty – I’m way too uncoordinated for a unicycle. I’d love a paper bike but have even less excuse for getting one of those
Toby – thanks!
Jane – possibly. We’ll have to bring a full size bike anyway so we might just go the whole hog & bring two
R::B – it does look pretty nifty in black, doesn’t it?
You may wish to invest in a face screen, else riding with a big grin, you may have to “debug” your teeth. . . . . . We haven’t quite reached George Jetson’s flying car folding up into a bookcase yet, but . . . . here’s the next question. Do they make a canvas carrying case?
Erm. . . make that “folding up into a briefcase” . . .*blush*
Bikes must be like buckets in the garden, you just can’t have too many. And will you be knitting a carrying case?
My heartfelt congratulations! I’ve only seen them in passing, but a Brompton looks to be just the cat’s pyjamas.
Such a stoke of luck that it was sitting unused and now has a new home too.
WOL – they do come with bags (handy if you get someone bolshy who insists that bikes are not allowed, however small they are) – and you were right about the bugs
Emma – absolutely! Now if you could just explain that to the other half
Bob – they are indeed the cat’s pyjamas
WOL, a car that folded up into a bookcase would be excellent! Our last one was pretty close to becoming a chicken coop…
Congratulations on your new arrival – it even has its own blanket to sleep in!
What you have to do now is add it to the “This is my Brompton. There are many like it, but this one is mine” flickr group.
wait, you mean there are people who don’t give their bromptons a blanket to sleep on? Bike abuse!
it might be quite late for me to post this but… congrats on the new bike! i’ve had mine a couple years now and i still absolutely love it. 🙂
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