Sometimes someone gets it right http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23239764
Pretty amazing, considering they do no
I bought one last year. It's brilliant: don't think of it as a folding bike, that rides well. It's a superb bicycle, that - as an extra - is foldable too! I think it looks really cool also.
Thought i had heard of brompton bikes before, it was tested on the gadget show with jon bentely.
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Julian Vereker (founder of Naim Audio) assisted Brompton financially when they started business and joined them in 1985.
See 1985 on their timeline...
It's mentioned in this article too...
Marantz M-CR603 + AirPlay • Rega R3 loudspeakers • iPhone 5 • iMac • Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n • Apple iPad Mini • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390 • Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe • Humax HDR-Fox T2
I fear that by highlighting their turnover and showing that they are not simply a small time company, they may reget this statement -
"Indeed, no copy of the Brompton has yet been produced, despite its original patent running out in 1998."
Just bought one myself and think it's excellent. Doesn't go that fast, but the ride is better than my racing bike and it folds into nothing really quickly, once you've learnt the trick.
It has a clever suspension block too, which makes the ride so comfortable. Pay attention when riding up the sidewalk though: the foldable, left pedal gets easily caught up.
My dealer told me that Andrew Richie in those days tried to sell his concept to a big bike manufacturer (forgot which). The letter, in which they abstained the collaboration, is now framed and hung to the wall of his office. The 'big' bike company has meanwhile gone bankrupt.
Yes, it's a very convenient and practical bike indeed. I got a 6sp S as a super folder for special occasions but since then I did not touch my TSR. It just works. I wish it would be lighter though. And this is my best bike for my all upcoming race events in future.
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