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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The bespoke Brompton folding bike is here. What a moving experience.

A quick tour in the park.
A quick tour in the park.
I got the clear finish which shows the braising beautifully exposed.
I got the clear finish which shows the braising beautifully exposed.

The Bromton against the morning sun.
The Bromton against the morning sun.
Cruising through London on the Brompton, a great feel. Fast, clean and fun.
Cruising through London on the Brompton, a great feel. Fast, clean and fun.

Yesterday the Brompton folding bike arrived. A clear laquer with titanium parts. It weighs 10.1kg making it one of the lightest Brompton. The Brompton is a 25 year old design. It is the dominant design in that industry. In the past years there is a growing number of people who prefer this type of transport. It is ideal for fusion travel, cycling-train-cycling. The Brompton is a great example of the growing trend of Made in England, where consumers seek high quality keep for life products, it is eccentric. The notion Made in England struck hard when I discussed the concept with the execs. of Vertu, asking where Vertu phones could be made. Thinking about it only few places came to mind that produce the highest of quality, but Made in England, is going strong. The Bromton is the only form of transport made in London. We all know the cost level in London, but if one looks at used Bromptons they have amazing second hand value.

My commute now seems to be around 19minutes, only 2min slower than taking a taxi and 25min faster than walking or twice as fast as the bus or tube. It is simply a great way to get around. What I will miss is the nice morning stroll through the park, but that is the price to pay to breeze home in a whizz. You win some you loose some.

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Comments

I subscribed to this blog for mobile-related stuff... interesting to read about Bromptons!

I'm a big fan, but they're very tempting for thieves... I've had three stolen in London... I'm back to regular Specilized commuter bike now... same price, but much less lilkey to get nicked. touch wood.

Posted by: Anonymous at Jan 29, 2008 3:35:30 PM

Enjoy Christian

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If you thought that your Apple habbit was expensive now that you have the one of the ultimate gadgets I guess you will be looking for bigger consulting fees next month in Barcelona.

Posted by: Ian at Jan 29, 2008 6:17:46 PM

Yes, Bromptons are great!

Next, we need one in carbon fibre....

Posted by: Steve Ives at Jan 29, 2008 11:08:58 PM

I subscribed to this blog for mobile-related stuff... interesting to read about Bromptons!

What, a Brompton's not "mobile"? ; . )

Posted by: AG at Jan 29, 2008 11:33:26 PM

Perhaps you could tell us why you prefer a smaller, folding frame over a more traditional sized frame. Are you taking the bike on the train? I am thinking about getting fixed gear bike for my commute in the Bay area, and a Brompton seems like an interesting option.
http://www.missionbicycle.com/
Keep posting about mobiles and cycles. ;)
Cheers, Richard

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