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The Brompton: Engineering for Change

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Follow the Quick Start Guide to add your saddle and do some basic checks, and you’ll be ready to cycle away in less than 10 minutes from opening the box.

Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. On a recent factory visit I witnessed frame number 972,421 being brazed, so all being well the major milestone could occur next month: look out for the Brompton publicity machine to make the most of it, building yet further on our awareness of the brand. Everything in a Brompton is based upon precision engineering where "form follows function" not as a strapline but as a principle. Brompton Bicycle, from Excellent Books, tells the fascinating story behind one of the world’s most unusual and popular folding bikes.But progress hasn’t always been easy: There have been boardroom struggles, supply-chain problems, and conflicts with founder Andrew Ritchie. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).

From the extensive use of complicated jigs, through manufacturing tolerances, to the unique brazing skills, it demonstrates Butler-Adams' background as an engineer and where his interests initially lay.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Not all have been digitised, but we’re gradually working backwards, and we now have a digital archive of over 70 issues. This radical essay explores patriarchy and capitalism’s impact on beauty ideals, and inspires us to embrace our own disobedient bodies. Lightweight, compact, distinctively styled, and now, electric: The Brompton isn’t the only folding bicycle—or even the first. We have designed a brilliant bike that can go anywhere and fits anywhere; and we want every rider to be inspired by life’s possibilities, to explore, be spontaneous and independent when traveling.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. AllThatSheCarried by Tiya Miles is an eye-opening social history of love and resilience, and an insightful testament to the people who are left out of the archives. Now in a fully updated 3rd edition for 2020, Brompton Bicycle tells the fascinating story behind one of the world's most unusual and popular folding bikes. Travels with a Brompton is a sparkling narrative about the adventures of an English couple and their folding bicycles over nearly 30 years of exploring France . So we dusted off the old Amstrad discs (yes, horribly true), reworked the text, brought the story right up to date with two new chapters, added 150 colour photographs, and here’s Apex 3.

Largely forgotten by corporate executives, the ancient locomotive ‘Watercress Queen’ plodded around the watercress beds doing what it had always done since it was built in 1948.

It also details how you can modify and convert your Brompton for such uses as child carrying and tackling hilly country and acts as a unique maintenance and repair manual, full of tips you won't find in any standard bike repair book. Contrast this with less than a page given over to the life-changing event in Brompton Bicycle, where it was felt there had been a 'smooth transfer of power' – because that book has an entirely different focus, and is complementary rather than in competition. We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic.

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How did a small company grow to become one of the biggest cycling brand names in the world? It is a travel guide for those who long for two-wheeled trips in France and a lively read for the armchair traveller who chooses sofa over saddle. Apex was reprinted in 1990, and we got a bit busy with other things for the next thirty years, then we realised that the Imp had become an iconic masterpiece of 1960s engineering and design for a new generation. I found that section a bit tedious but it’s not a large part of the book so I would still recommend it as a good read.

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