Join Date: May 2008
Location: The Mangroves, UK
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Don't buy a Brompton. They are hand-brazed by minimum-wage slave labour in a Socialist gulag in West London.
Their brazers were paid £6.75 an hour last year. The steel for the frames does not come from the UK, but China. The UK has no bauxite mines for the alloy for the rims.
Dahon's are currently assembled in Macau, a nicely run province of Communist China.
Whatever you do, never buy a Schwalbe tyre. They're made in Korea. Downtube are a cool American company, but they've made the grave mistake of having their stuff made abroad. Like Harley Davidson.
Many of the Shimano spares on most of the other bikes; cables, outers, brake pads, plastic parts are made in China. 
I really hope you haven't got a Mac, or a PC, or an iPhone, or a Motorola.  or a GM car.
You work for Fedex, right? Fedex China
should be able to get a bike to you, no problems. A global company, they have a great World Citizen program. I hope, as an ambassador for Fedex,  that you've embraced it.
 Shimano (Kunshan) Bicycle Components Co., Ltd. (China); Shimano (Kunshan) Fishing Tackle Co., Ltd. (China); Shimano (Mersing) Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia); Shimano (Shanghai) Bicycle Components Co., Ltd. (China); Shimano (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.; Shimano Taiwan Co., Ltd.; Shimano U.K. Ltd.; Wooyun Co., Ltd. (Korea).
 "I travel the country for Fedex Custom Critical doing expedited freight transportation. We are the ambulances of the freight industry offering 90 minute pickup and straight through delivery. I have 3 big trucks and a van."
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