Originally Posted by makeinu
Still they've done a lot more than me with my armchair folding bike ideas.
As they say, 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.
Most people are oblivious to the idea that things can change and be better. Of those that do allow for change and improvement, only a few can conceptualize how that improvement could be achieved. Of those, only a very few build and test prototypes of their concept. Of those, only a few can work through the significant and entirely different issue of cost effectively fabricating their creation for others. Of those, only a few can work out the intricacies (finance, advertising, marketing, retail) of the market place and get their creation actually in the hands of users.
Andrew Ritchie persevered through each winnowing and gave the world something wonderful.
PS - Perhaps an error in the article? Ritchie's US patent dates from 1977.
PPS - I noted before that if one starts with the Moulton Marathon of the early 1970s and replaces the take-apart joint with a side fold hinge (an important but small evolutionary step), one arrives at the basic Brompton architecture. I've never heard Ritchie credit Moulton for influence or "prior art" - was he really oblivious to this contemporary machine so similar to his final design?