Brompton Bike Review Update.

Last year, I picked up a Brompton, with the original review here, and an update here.  I’m still putting miles on the little guy.  Being that it’s the 4th of July, why not write about a British bike?

It sees quite a few rides with other bikes with equally small wheels, like this one:

Why?  Because it’s so fun to ride slowly, and because the center of gravity is so low, you can ride at a pace that’s ridiculously slow.

It also sees other uses.  Unfortunately, my commute is not such that I can use the Brompton for regular commutes (although if you were dedicated enough, you could use it for just about anything).  Many of my uses tend to be times when I have to drive somewhere, but have the opportunity to hit a few stops after parking somewhere.  In other circumstances, you might have to go back to the car, drive a bit, repark, and repeat.  With the Brompton, you can throw it in the back of the car, park once, and have a  much more fun day.

It’s the kind of bike that puts a smile on your face.  I haven’t had a bad ride on it ever.  You get it out, ride it a bit, and kind of chuckle at how much fun it is.

The only downside is that I don’t get to ride it as much as I’d like to.  I had envisioned it being more integrated into my life, but as busy as I am, I don’t get to pull it out every day.  At work, I’m often in too big of a hurry to be able to convert a drive into a ride…and when I can, the weather doesn’t always cooperate.  In any event, it’s still a really fun bike to ride, and it enables riding in conditions when otherwise I wouldn’t be able to.  How much more can you ask from a bike?

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