I'm nervously poised to throw a huge wad of money at buying a Brompton (www.brompton.co.uk). My idea is that as they are so incredibly light, and fold smaller than anything else out there, owning one should allow me to catch most forms of transport and be mobile at journey's end. I need this as I don't have the stamina for long distances due to some health issues. However, I haven't been able to find any dealer selling them in SA.
Does anybody happen to know of a source of Bromptons in Adelaide I've yet to ferret out?
Failing that, is there any chance of a Brompton owner out there who would be good enough to let me have 'real-life' look at one and, maybe, a short test ride?
Odd spot of info ... I read in the UK press a couple of days ago, that due to authorities' anticipating extreme over-crowding on the Tube during the London Olympics, Brompton owners will be the only cyclists allowed to bring their bikes onto trains. Apparently, even other folding bikes are verboten due to their few, minuscule, extra folded-inches - a reverse 'size does matter' scenario.
Anyhow, with more recent reports of dismally low security staff numbers, a bike owner or three may feel free to flaunt this draconian ruling.
When I lived in Barcelona from 2003-2008, Bromptons became THE inner urban bike. They were everywhere. My best friend got one, and absolutely loved it, it became his second favourite tool and possession (after his instrument - we worked together as musicians).
Not sure how you should go about finding one in Adelaide - however, go your hardest, I can highly recommend them, although to be fair, I don't know anything about the alternative brands of folding bikes! Seriously, Bromptons held the foldingbike market in Barcelona - and that's a city where A LOT of people ride bikes!
I love the order form
You can customise just about everything and they are available in hot pink. What more could you want :-)
That is a delightful piece of graphic design.
Name Address Contacts
Brompton Bicycle Ltd
Kew Bridge DC
Lionel Road South
Middlesex TW8 9QR
+44 (0)20 8232 8484
Name Address Contacts
3a Georgina St
00 61 2 9557 5424
Epic Cycles Pty Ltd.
81 Baroona Rd
00 61 7 3368 2324
Unit 20 Downer Business Park
2 Bradfield st
+61 (0) 419697405
Garland Cycle Works
87 Canning Hwy
00 61 8 9470 1990
Human Powered Cycles
562 High Street
613 9029 6504
St. Kilda Cycles
150 Barkly St
00 61 3 9534 3074
This is from their website, perhaps there is a opportunity for someone to be the re-seller in SA
THere are similar folding bikes such as Bike Friday which are pricey when new and have to be imported from the USA, however 2nd hand ones do become available from time to time, There is also the Dahon and theres are a couple of members of AC that own or have owned them.
If you're not in a hurry I'd try putting a "Wanted Folding Bike ad in Ride on and Australian cyclist.
I think I've seen folding bikes in Super Elliots window Rundle Street.
Clark Cycles Magill Road, Star Cycles Elizabeth and Bernie Jones cycles Warradale are all well known for sourcing bikes that the bigger chain store bike shops won't/don't carry.
We were the distributors for them at Lifecycle and were for a few years. I have sold a few of them and yes they are really cool bikes. We are still waiting for an Australian distributor to be reappointed for them so we can stock and fully support them. Without an Aust distributor warranty, public liability, parts, price, support becomes an issue.
At the moment we have 4 different Tern (nee Dahons) folding bikes in stock
There is a person on the touring cyclists that has a bike that folds like this I am uncertain of the brand.
They have a meeting next Wednesday they will be giving presentation about the ride to Birdsville they did.
there would be people there with expedience in folding bikes that would be happy to give an opinion
Thanks to everyone for your Brompton-related input. I've heard they have an absolute cult following in European cities including Brussels and London, with forum contributors lovingly penning paeans to the small machine.
I'll now check out the other folding alternatives more fully, although the Brompton has one feature I can't seem to find in other brands. This is the ability to semi-fold the bike and wheel it around inside buildings using the seat as a handle. For me, who won't be able to carry a fully-folded bike far, this is a big plus. Many of the other brands seem to mostly fold with a long metal cylinder protruding - just begging to impale some unseen bystander. Also, there is anti-theft aspect - less frequent leaving outside shops or offices. (Michael, I think I just may have to get that hot pink one - no self-respecting bike thief would be seen dead riding off on it.)
Maggie, understand when you have selected the exact bike or accessory for your cycling requirements.
I have a Brompton. Well, it's in London and I'm down here at the moment...
I've had it for 7 years, I think, using it to cycle through central London, usually from Victoria station to Bloomsbury.
It's a fantastic bike. It does take some getting used to initially due to the small wheels and the less stable ride that results from that. Once you get used to that, you can cycle pretty much as you would on any other bike. I have the three speed (hub) version and the three speeds are fine for typical London cycling: lots of starting and stopping, some hills, some opportunities for getting some speed going.
Being able to fold it as small as it goes, much smaller than most (if not all) other folders I have ever seen, is a real advantage, especially with the ridiculous cycling restrictions in London, even when the Olympics are not on.
Anyway, highly recommended!
Have you caught up with this article on Bromptons? Have a look at there New Zealand tour on Bromptons as well.