Greetings...first time poster here. Last Thursday, I was surfing for a kids bike towing apparatus I saw the last time I was visiting Portland, and came across the Clever Cycles website. In one of the store interior shots, I saw this little folded bike and thought to myself "wow, how cool! what bike is that?". I did my research and found out it was a Brompton...I was hooked. I have been researching folding bikes and Bromptons everyday for a whole week! I tried to go to my local bike shop which was listed as a dealer for Bromptons but sadly they don't have any on display.
Coincidentally, we are heading to Portland for the weekend! So I told my husband that I want to go to Clever Cycles to check out the Brompton. I think I want the M6R. If I like the ride, and they have the model/colors I want, I may end up bringing one home with me! No bike rack needed LOL!
I've read about Bike Fridays and Dahons and Terns but I keep coming back to the folding art of the Brompton. Although I do admit I watched a video of the IF Mode bike and I am in love with that design too, but doesn't seem to be a practical bike for me. I wouldn't be able to put any racks/bags on it...and the kickstand for it is $85. If it was a little more practical, I would totally buy that one instead.
This bike would not be for commuting, just casual riding with the family. I have no need for a folder either, I just loved the design of the fold when I first saw it.
Of course, if I'm going to buy any bicycle, I will need to test ride it. Any tips on what to check out for when I test ride any folding bike?
I'm so excited for this weekend!