Spring has sprung, and bike buying season is off to a busy start. Our customers come to us with vastly different needs and wants, but when shopping for a city bike, questions typically relate to issues like security, storage, transport, overall value, and ride quality. It’s rare that one bike can answer each of these challenges, but we found one: NYC Velo is proud to recommend Brompton folding bikes as the ultimate city bike, designed for virtually any scenario a rider might encounter.
Security, storage and transport
A folded Brompton measures 23 inches long, 22 inches tall, and 11 inches deep; easy to carry just about anywhere by a cleverly placed handle on the saddle. The folded bike stays together neatly, and can be conveniently rolled around on the built-in casters. It fits neatly in a closet, under a desk, beneath the table in a restaurant, in the Amtrak luggage rack, behind the seat of a small aircraft, below deck on a boat, in the trunk of a vehicle, or just about anywhere you can imagine. There is simply no better bike for a tiny New York apartment. The bike is compact enough – even inside a travel case – to avoid the oversize baggage fees charged by many airlines. Many claim to have flown with the bikes as carry-on!
Brompton has been designing, engineering, and building their folding bikes in England for nearly 30 years. Bikes start at $1255, and after adding gears, fenders, lights, and luggage most come in between $1600 and $2000. Even fully loaded, you can’t go much over $3500. The first service is included in the price of the bike, and gear and brake adjustments are free for as long as you are the owner. Bromptons are specifically engineered for real life, and to withstand the rigors of city riding. Unlike many folding bikes, Bromptons are customizable, upgradeable, and fully serviceable. It’s not uncommon to see a Brompton from 20 years ago still on the road!
Don’t be fooled by its little wheels and diminutive appearance – the Brompton is a seriously speedy and capable whip. Small wheels offer terrific acceleration and very nimble handling. A lighter touch is required, but who doesn’t want to improve their bike handling skills? A long wheelbase (~42 inches, same as a road bike), and cockpit comparable to big wheeled bikes makes for a stable and comfortable ride. A Brompton rides better than many full size bikes. Don’t just take our word for it; stop by the shop and take one for a ride!
Every rider has different needs, but when it comes to security, storage, transport, value, and ride quality, Brompton ticks all the boxes. Even if you’ve never considered a folding bike, you owe it to yourself to check one out. Want to stay on top of your training miles while traveling on business? Done. Perhaps you have a lousy bike parking situation at work, or you need to quickly cover a few miles to reach a transit network. You want a bike that rides like a dream but that folds up to go on transit or into a vehicle at a moments notice? Brompton gives you freedom like no other bike we’ve seen. Come by the shop to test ride one, or to talk with us about it.