For the space conscious, for the lovers of design ingenuity, for people of the portable persuasion, for city dwellers as much as globe-trotters. Brompton bikes fit the bill. Learn the basics of how to choose your origami bicycle.
THE RIGHT FOLDING BIKE
Your choice of Brompton handlebar will determine your riding position. You can choose from S-Series, M-Series or H-Series. Think of them as Short, Medium or High. Short is great for sportier riders who are used to a down low riding position. Medium is better for those of us who like an upright riding position. High is great for taller people who still want to sit upright. We have all the options in store, so if you’re unsure which to choose, come on down for a free test ride.
Bromptons have either two, three or six gears. For New Zealand riding we recommend the 6 speed, but if you want to keep your bike light and fast for flat city riding then you may prefer the 2 speed for the ultimate in light weight, or the three speed for its versatility and simplicity. We also recommend reducing the gearing by 12% on the 6 speed. This is to make sure you have a nice low gear for hillclimbing and is our default setup on all 6 speeds.
E-type is without mudguards or rack and is great for keeping the bike light and sporty.L-type includes mudguards but not a rear rack. This is the most common choice for general use and commuting and is therefore our default choice.R-type includes both mudguards and rack. A great choice for those who wish to carry more luggage or for those who travel or tour frequently.
Brompton has a large range of accessories to kit out your new Brompton. The best way to carry items on your bike is on the front carrier block assembly. This allows you to clip on Brompton luggage quickly and easily. You can also find a toolkit that fits inside the frame and front and rear lights of both the dynamo and rechargeable type. Browse through our Brompton accessories and customise your Brompton.
A folding bike has small wheels (usually under 20 inches) and a hinged frame that allows it to fold into a much smaller footprint than any other type of bikes. They have moderate amounts of gearing and cargo capacity, and are built for urban dwellers to ride around city centers (although many Brompton afficionados will regale you with stories of touring on their folding steeds). They’re a great solution if you want to ride more but don’t have much room to store a bike or have a complex commute involving buses, trains and the like. They are also a wonderful and liberating accompaniment to international travel.
Brompton bikes come with a gearing system tailor-made for the compact frame design. Its one that ensures the chain will remain on, even when folded. They use a unique combination of internally geared hubs and custom external derailleurs to give riders up to 6 distinct speeds and a surprisingly wide range of gearing ratios. If you will mostly be riding around the city center an internally geared 3 speed may do just fine, if you’re thinking of longer touring or a hilly commute take a look at 6-speed options. The light and fast two speed option is best for flat areas or keen sports cyclists!
Maintaining a folding bike is much like a regular bike. You’ll need to keep it clean, lubricated, and tyres pumped up on a regular basis. When you do need to bring your bike in for regular tuning you’ll want to be sure that your local shop has the specialised knowledge to fix these unique bikes (we have several Brompton wizards on staff here at Bicycle Junction). When parts do need to be replaced they frequently will need to be swapped with parts from the same manufacturer. We highly recommend consulting with your local shop when thinking about replacing or upgrading the parts on your folding bike. Alternately its easy to box and ship your Brompton to us for it’s yearly service.
We currently offer several great electric folding bikes from Tern. they can be a great solution for those looking to ride an ebike but with limited storage. Brompton is currently testing a new (highly anticipated) electrified model, and will be shipping worldwide after testing. Join our newsletter to be in the know when they hit our store.
"The Brompton is hands down the most successful bike I’ve ever owned, because of what it’s made possible. Crossing the Australian Alps after a business trip to Melbourne. Camping gear in the B-bag, clothes, cooker and provisions in the T-bag.”
George Laking - Brompton commuter and folding bike explorer
SWING BY FOR A TEST RIDE
You shouldn't have too much trouble finding us, and the friendly folk in the Laneways area will point you in the right direction if your compass is off. We're on the corner of Marion St and Ghuznee St. Look for the painted lady.
There are many options and variations to choose from the extensive range Brompton offers. From the number of gears to choose, to the range of luggage and accessories. We're here to help guide you to the right choice for your purposes, whether you will be commuting, touring or popping down to the dairy. Let us help you with some suggestions to get you started.