Chick Magnet

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”?

“Yes.”

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…

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Comments 2

  1. Abhishek wrote:

    I wonder what the reaction would be if you had a Strida!

    I am planning to take my folding bike out for a test ride today and put it through its paces. It is my first bike with an internal 3 speed gear.

    Posted 24 Jun 2009 at 3:09 pm
  2. Pam wrote:

    My husband bought a Dahon folding bike two years ago and I don’t think we’ve ever been on a ride that he didn’t attract attention. He loves his and it’s been a great bike. All he had before were his road bike and triathlon bike, the folding bike gives him something to ride recreationally with his ladies. Have fun with yours.

    Posted 24 Jun 2009 at 4:14 pm