by JACK on SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
On our weekly Brompton Bike Rides, we have 12 tour bikes to lend out, but it’s always nice when someone brings a Brompton Bike of their own. It’s one thing to see a Brompton hanging on the wall here in the shop, but there’s something about these bikes that really come to life in the presence of their owner, much like “Velveteen Rabbit”, or I guess it’s more well known modern counterpoint, “Toy Story.”
Bromptons are many things, but perhaps most importantly they’re personal. Each choice a customer makes – speeds, handlebar, accessories, color, secondary color – all these are subtle ways in which a rider expresses his or her personality. Many riders name their Brompton and some even go so far as to create a public persona for their bike and establish a national following (I’m talking to youAndrew…).
Michael and Claire – passionate Brompton Riders
Michael Li and his wife Claire first attended the tour a few months ago, and since have made it out to rides on at least two or three other occasions. Both Michael and Claire are Brompton enthusiasts, passionate riders, and in general some of the sweetest and most fantastic people you’ll be likely to meet.
Michael just started a website, Brompton Club, devoted to all things Brompton, which compiles all the latest Brompton news in one place for all to read and enjoy.
When Claire first came on the Brompton tour, she had just purchased her Brompton Bike, and was hoping to break it in, and get some practice riding in New York City.
Her Brompton Bike was one of the most supped up Brompton Bikes I have ever seen. Let us count the ways.
Claire’s Brompton sported the best of the best
First off, she went big with all the basic decisions any Brompton rider has to make: 6 speeds, fenders, rear rack with eazy wheels, H handle bars, marathon tires, and a raw lacquer finish – the works, best of the best, creme della creme.
Claire’s Brompton was also loaded with some key accessories like the Brompton Block and Special Ladies Brooks Saddle – our nicest seat made of the highest quality leather, conforming perfectly to your riding position.
Rare Titanium Parts
But the most impressive thing about this bike was all the Titanium parts. Anyone who has done extensive research on Brompton Bikes knows about the revered and ever elusive Titanium Brompton.
By replacing key parts with Titanium, Brompton is able to make one of the lightest folding bikes in production even lighter. Currently, the fork, rear triangle, fender stays, and pedal bolts are the only parts available in titanium, and even changing out these parts decreases the weight of the bike by 2 whole lbs.
In addition to these standard titanium parts, Claire’s bike was fit with a rare titanium seat post that is long out of production, making her bike one of the lightest Bromptons I had ever come across.
From the raw lacquer finish and brooks saddle to the rare titanium parts, Claire’s Brompton was truly one of the most impressive specimens I’de come across, but of course, the best part was seeing how much fun she had riding it, and noticing her confidence increase as she got more practice riding in the streets.
Thanks again Michael and Claire, I hope to see you and your Brompton Bikes again on the ride someday soon!