Why a Brompton?
I wanted a new folding bike. Why did it become a Brompton?
Two years ago I bought a low price folding bike - brand name "Born 2 ride". It was fun to ride - at first. But soon it became unreliable - in another posting I will talk about details. Dissatisfied, I started to look around for a better one.
One thing for sure, I was ready to purchase a high quality folding bike for several reasons:
- I was tired of hassels with the technical shortcomings of a low quality product.
- I was looking for a good value product that might even outlive the annual inflation rate.
- I wanted a comfortable and practical, easy to handle bike.
- I was looking for a brand with international recognition on the market.
- I wanted a bike from a manufacturer with a good service record.
- It had to be a bike whose looks would fit my life style.
Finally, some bloggers convinced me saying that the Dahon is a nice American bike, but the Brompton is its European counterpart: sort of home made, definitely the smallest folding bike, a great piece of traditional British engineering, stylish (It matches nicely my old black Mercedes Benz.) and in great demand on the German market. There were not even any secondhands available when I looked on the internet markets.
So I said, I will go for the more expensive product which hopefully has not a single bit of obsoleteness designed into it and which will be of very good value for a long time.
At the end, my question was where to shop and where I would get the best price.
An internet dealer was willing to grant me a rebate of 30 Euros.
When I told this at my local shop, they conceded me the same.
So the deal was made. I had my new Brompton and could take it home.
We will see whether the new folding bike is really fun and truely practical. The participants of the Brompton World Championship seem to be absolutely convinced as this video shows (External link, youtube):
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