Brompton is far from being a novelty, but the reason I write this post is related to this bike being the perfect proof that form follows function and when it happens so obviously, beauty comes naturally.
My new Brompton comes from necessity, now that the journeys within the city have increased (to visit clients and partners), but the distances are shorter and the clothing is no longer technical, to give way to normal garments. And of course when it is winter, to escape the stronger rain inside the subway with the bicycle folded.
Although my other two bikes are still (and will be) in full use - one for the road to exercise and the other, result of the collaboration between O Editorial and Velo Culture, to get my daughter to school - Brompton will certainly be my main two-wheeled vehicle.
The first Brompton model was designed in 1975 by Andrew Ritchie - while looking at the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London - and to this day has undergone several evolutions, resulting in a practical, agile and truly appealing bike. Its intrinsically British character and the fact that it is still produced in London makes it a testament to Ritchie's ingenuity, where all the details make sense and every inch is used to put a necessary cable or accessory, never hindering the process of folding the bicycle.
Of course, my Brompton could only come from my good friends of Velo Culture in a 6 gears version with M handlebar, race green frame, B17 Brooks saddle in black, completed with a T bag.
Photos of me by Miguel Barbot from Velo Culture.
Why I love it:
- The simplicity and versatility
- Being agile e very easy to use
- The timeless design