A few days ago, I rode to my LBS. They're a good outfit and if I need some serious service, I'll have to turn to them for help given that there's no Brompton dealer/servicer within an hour of me. The owner knew I had bought a folding bike - he'd never heard of a Brompton - and when I brought the Brompton to show him, he was intrigued but skeptical. He was incredulous at the price, and twice asked if the bike was made in China! Maybe a bit of a bias there.. I think though that he was not as skeptical about the performance as more about the unlikely adoption of such bikes were I live - he doubts they would sell well here and I agree - it would be a long shot. Ah well... I tried to convince him to carry Bromptons.
Contrast this with yesterday when I was cycling up in Hamilton, Ontario. A young teen came over and just had to ask what cool bike I had! And then I decided to hike up the stairs to get to the other side of the bike trail, which was broken up by an overpass freeway. The stairs were tough after the 5th or 6th flight. Maybe we should start a new sport: Brompton cyclo-cross! Mind you, I got some spectacular photos.
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