Well, I have succumbed again to the lure of great mechanical engineering design. And the likely groundless hope that I will be getting into some sort of shape.
I bought a new bicycle. And this time I didn’t shop around for the best deal, but rather ignored the hefty price tag and plowed ahead. Of course it isn’t the latest carbon-fiber miracle of weight savings with titanium fittings. Nor is it a rough and tumble quarterhorse-like mountain bike with hydraulic suspension. Neither is it a sedate single speed beach cruiser that harkens back to childhood days.
It is, though, rather special. And below is an animation to show you why.
It’s called a Brompton and it is still made in England to a design that is about 40 years old now, with few major changes. They got it just about right back then and have made just detail improvements since then. And though I look a bit like a trained bear at the circus riding the thing, it actually is a pretty good bicycle. The folding wonderment is just a bonus.
And now I have great fantasies about travels with the Brompton. Taking trains to the hinterlands, unfolding the bike at remote stations and pedaling off to great adventures. Perhaps I am too old and fat for that now, but I absolutely love it when great design and quality engineering and production can stir up those thoughts. Thanks, Brompton, for all your efforts.