|At Encanto Station.|
|Note the Eazy Wheels attached to the bke rack.|
|Ride, read and relax.|
Naturally, the best part of the Brompton and rail experience is getting to answer questions about my bike. Last week a gentleman with his wife and child at Encanto station chatted with me about my experience and said he was considering getting a bike to combine with public transit but wondered about having adequate space in their small downtown apartment. I told him that a folding bike would be a perfect answer to that concern because, folded, it slips easily into a corner, behind a chair or under a desk. For a city dweller with little or no storage space a folding bike is the ideal urban bicycle. A number of people inquired about the cost, and it's a legitimate question that I don't mind answering. It's a pricey bike but not when compared to the cost of car ownership. I always explain that my bicycle is my mode of transport 85% of the time (I've only driven the car one in the last two weeks). I also told them the Portapedal, where I purchased my Brompton, has all the top folding bikes, some of which are considerably less expensive than Bromtpon (and a few considerably more so). Most people, however, simply have no experience with folding bikes. On this mornings ride, a little girl's eyes grew large in puzzlement when I rolled on board with it. Her grandmother and I exhanged smiles and I listened as she explained what it was. The little girl appeared to have her doubts.