Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Brompton has arrived!

Fold pose.
Donna and Al at Portapedal contacted me yesterday to let me know that my Turkish Green Brompton was ready to be picked up.  I had planned to pick it up after my Friday morning class but the Planner Guy was so excited that he insisted on driving down after work and getting it.  I thought I would lose my life on the highway getting down there he was in such a hurry.  But arrive in one piece we did and soon Al was instructing me on proper folding techniques and Donna and Bob were bonding over their Hungarian roots.  By 7:30 were out the door with my new Brompton and a Carradice Brompton bag.  Yippy!  We both took a test ride upon arriving back home but that's why I ordered battery lighting.

With the Carradice bag in black.
Oh, the excitement of pedaling off to my internship this morning.  Naturally, I don't have the 15 second fold mastered just yet but I'm working on it. 

Eazy wheels for easy rolling.
What I do have down pat is rolling my bike into my office.  I just left the bag attached so bending over when I needed anything out of it.

Carradice ladden with all my stuff.

Not surprisingly a couple of people at my internship wanted to see me fold and unfold it so I got in a little extra practice.  If only there had been enough time for a mid-day ride.  It should be a exciting next few weeks as I get my Brommy legs and feel totally at ease.  I'll keep you posted on my progress and post my thoughts on the experience within the next month.  As one might imagine, graduate school has put a crimp in the timeliness of posting but I'm challenging myself to write briefer posts more often.

13 comments:

Dottie said...

How exciting! That color is beautiful. I've been wanting a Brompton for years, so I'll be very interested to read all about your times together. :)

bikeolounger said...

Awesome! I'm sure you've read of Kirk Kandle's ebullience regarding his Bromption--welcome to the club (from a not-yet-member).

She Rides a Bike said...

Bikeolounger,I didn't know that Kirk had a Brompton. I haven't been on his blog since I started school so I'm a little out of the loop. I'll have to check it out and see what I've been missing. I covet his Workcycle.

She Rides a Bike said...

Dottie, I can see a Brompton in your fleet someday. What color do you think suits you?

bikeolounger said...

I haven't seen a new post on Kirk's blog in a while--it's possible he has changed venues for his writing. He's also been pretty busy with his return to employment.

I'll see if I can find some pictures of him with his Brompton. He and I did some sessions at the Louisville Library's "How To Festival" back in May.

Best of riding,

Tom

DAN said...

nice

Grace Black said...

I am so happy for you. The colour reminds me of the very brief summer we had in London this year. That Carradice bag looks better than the O bag and roomy too. In a few weeks you will be opening and folding that bike in seconds.

Tim said...

Congrats! As a Brompton owner (and dealer) I'm sure you're going to love it. Great little bikes. You'll probably find you use it more than you expect.

She Rides a Bike said...

Thanks, Grace. It's a very lovely bike and I love, love, love the color.The Carradice bag is professional looking and holds a large laptop. The O Bag is likely roomier but I couldn't justify the price and wish it came in other colors. As it is, I think the Carradice bag's color really suits the Turkish Green.

She Rides a Bike said...

Tim, I suspect that once I get past the learning curve I will be on the Brompton a great deal. The 15 sec fold will be the toughest to master but I am getting better. Portapedal does not recommend leaving it locked outside destinations but campus has good security from what I can see. If I decide to give it a try, I'll investigate double locking with higher end locks. Still not sure. . .

Char said...

Enjoy your new Brompton! I've had my Brompton for a couple of years and it has come in quite handy a number of times! Regarding locking it - - yes, locking it with 2 good locks, if you leave it outside for a period, is a good idea, though the BEST idea is to fold it and bring it in with you!! :)

Sam Philipps said...

My, your Brompton smells too much freedom and air on my face! Wouldn't it be nice to bring it during bicycle vacations? May I know how much and do you have a link for where to order it?

-Sam

harveyparsons8 said...

Was that a folding bicycle? God, I've been looking for a kind of bicycle like that! How much is the kind of bike like that?

Harvey Parsons