A Brompton change of plan

Unbelievably, my second order of an orange Brompton M3L was cancelled by the store, this time one in Wales. I was about to give up when @FrankDJS and I went for a look in a local bike shop and saw an absolutely gorgeous M6L in navy blue. I fell in love with the colour immediately, but felt conflicted about buying a bike from Evans after the pretty poor customer service I’d received previously.

A quick Google search revealed that Condor Cycles on Gray’s Inn Road had just the model I was looking for, and for quite a bit less! We rang, reserved one and made our way over to pick it up.

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Once I got there, I realised they had both an M3L and an S3L – the difference in model being how the handlebars are set out (‘s’ for ‘straight’). A quick fitting on the S3L and I opted for it straight away. Some riders report finding it uncomfortable, but as I’m so short (a blessing in disguise in this case), it’s just the perfect riding position for me.

The service in Condor was great – really friendly and informative. They definitely know their bikes and were very patient with my prevarication between the various options. I also picked up one of the new Brompton Tote bags to carry on the front of the bike. It’s effectively impossible for me to leave home without some form of bag

I walked it most of the way home, as @FrankDJS was with me, but let rip with a speedy cycle once we got off the DLR back in Canary Wharf. It’s a beautifully nippy little bike and the best bit is that it fits perfectly under our hall cabinet, meaning it can be kept in the apartment and there’s no need to buy any new furniture to house it.

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Love it and can’t wait to get out for a spin this weekend!




2 comments on “A Brompton change of plan

  1. stevemorton

    The model numbers on these M3L etc the M is the handlebar style, 3 I guess is the number of gears, what does the L signify? Very compact when folded up though.


    • It refers to presence / absence of rear mudguard. Mine has one – pretty essential considering the UK’s weather.


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