OK, so that headline might be over-selling it a bit. But here’s a fact: Ride into downtown Springfield on a Brompton and people notice. And ask questions.
I went to the Mudhouse for a muffin and coffee. I hang out there a lot. It’s a great place to read the paper and socialize. I’m something of a regular.
Now you don’t lock a Brompton outside. No. You fold that sucker and take it in. And everyone notices.
“Is that a bicycle”?
And away it goes. If you’re not careful it could take 10 minutes to finally get seated
A guy driving on South Street even stopped in the middle of traffic and asked about it.
So downtown and back is about a 5-mile trip. It’ll take some time to get used to the Brooks saddle. I understand there is a break-in period. But, at that distance, the Brompton was quick and comfortable. Really very nimble. Maybe too nimble in some circumstances.
I took along a detachable mirror. That worked OK. The biggest problem is the quality of these mirrors. I have two different models by two different companies– Schwinn and Bell. Neither is as stable or clear as the one affixed to my Redline — a Mirrycle.
I tested the utility of the Brompton Bag this morning, too. It is possible — even reasonably comfortable — to ride and carry the bag with the shoulder strap worn across the chest. So my plan for a first multi-modal use of the Brompton on a trip to Kansas City will be to check it in the bag on the bus and carry a backpack with my riding gear and overnight stuff. Then when I arrive in KC, I’ll take the bicycle out of the bag and put the backpack in the bag. And away I’ll go.
Stay tuned for that…