I am now officially a Brompton owner.
After having all sorts of bicycles; mountain bike, touring bike, downhill bike, road bike, even a unicycle. I had never had a folding bicycle. Till now that is.
Evans Cycles *shudders* had a sale on their 2016 Bromptons so I purchased a M3L in light blue. Evans being Evans actually didn’t have any in stock so instead they let me have a 2017 M6L in Tempest Blue instead; actually quite nice of them.
After unpacking and fixing some issues (seeing as Evans didn’t set it up properly in their Bristol store and the gears didn’t work properly) I had an initial cycle around Bristol, and I have to admit, I’ve never had this much fun on a bicycle before!
The 2017 M6L weighs in at 11.78kg; one of the higher weight Bromptons, which is ok to lift for short periods but I think I could be using it instead of weights at the gym for anything longer. In my next blog post I will discuss how you can throw money at this problem to make it lighter.
M6L means it has the M style handlebar, it has 6 gears, and it has mudguards. This is one of the most common and versatile variants of the Brompton bicycle. Though I do think I could have survived with just 3 gears, seeing as Evans gave the upgrade for free I wasn’t going to complain.
I got the bike in Tempest Blue, an elegant darker blue which looks really damn good without drawing too much attention to the bike (but everyone still has a cheeky stare anyway)
The Ride quality is actually really good, I thought it would be harsh with the smaller wheels but the standard suspension block coupled with the usual qualities of steel construction means it is forgiving and usable on longer trips: Bromptons it seems make good touring bikes. The saddle has the unique advantage that it incorporates a handle for lifting the bike. Eventually I will however replace it with a Brooks Cambium 15 Carved saddle.