I finally got my Brompton! I ordered it online this morning and picked it up in-store just couple of hours later. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, I eventually plumped for black. Very pleased with it.
I got a little lesson in folding and unfolding the bike in-store, which left me feeling quite thick and un-coordinated. (Later on, I practiced in the privacy of my own garage and can down fold it on my own in less than 20 minutes. I’m aiming to get that down to 5 in the coming weeks…)
As soon as I got out of the shop, I took it for a little spin around Canary Wharf. Such a perfect morning for it. The sun was actually out and it wasn’t raining! The bike is so responsive and nippy – it’s really fun to cycle.
As it’s been a while since I cycled regularly, I plan to use Canary Wharf as a practice ground before taking the bike anywhere near the City.
Here’s a pic of it taken at Westferry Circus, just before I packed up and went home. It’s true what they say – it’s the kind of bike that makes people smile.
Even the usually po-faced Canary Wharf security guards.
I’ve also taken it down a couple of flights of stairs and can confirm that it’s incredibly light. Not exactly “sling it over the shoulder and run after the bus” light, but easy to grip with one hand and make it down a flight of stairs without serious injury.
It’s now safely ensconced in my basement, locked up in a secure bike-room.
As soon as I left it there, I was off into the West End to pay a visit to the Brompton Junction Great service and a great selection of Brompton goodies. One day when I’m less pressed for time, I’ll go back and enjoy a coffee in the cafe there.
I got some lovely and helpful advice on various accessories and walked out with some lights and a folding basket for the front of the bike. But no helmet. I’m still looking for something that doesn’t make me look like an extra from a sci-fi film…
I’m hoping to get out nice and early tomorrow for some more practice cycling, folding and unfolding. I don’t think I could face the ignominy of mis-folding it in public 😉
So far, I love it and look forward to making it part of my routine.