Brompton Folding Bikes
Why a Brompton
It rides well, folds small and is easy to carry... Brompton have been around for over 30 years, from humble beginnings in a West London railway arch to a 22,000 sq foot modern factory, which is still in London. The design created in a bedroom by founder Andrew Ritchie MBE has not only stood the test of time but has remained essentially unchanged. In 1995 Brompton won a Queens award for export, in 2009 the 'Prince Phillips designers prize' and In the Queen's Birthday Honors of 2010, the company was awarded two Queen's Awards for Enterprise - in the Innovation and International Trade categories. For his enterprises he has been knighted by the Queen.
It is a very British thing and Brompton have some good old fashioned British values. They will not compromise on quality and service, spares back up is key to their philosophy.
Check out their website, its a good read and genuinely shows what they're all about.
The Brompton is a bike which rides superbly, is safe, agile and fast, yet folds easily and quickly into a highly-compact and portable package. The result is a vehicle that increases your sense of freedom and independence.
Finely-engineered and elegant, the Brompton has a full-sized frame, made mainly of steel for strength and stiffness. It is designed to be practical and light enough to be genuinely portable; actual weight depends on model and configuration, but ranges from 9 - 12.5 kg (20 – 28lbs).
The combination of a rigid frame and accurate alignment makes for efficient transmission of your energy and a lively, first-rate ride; countless owners use them on long journeys and for touring.
The Brompton is truly personal transport you can take with you even when you’re not riding it. On trains and buses it tucks neatly into luggage space (it is welcome on practically all public transport)... on aircraft, although it won’t fit as luggage in most (though not all!) cabins, it can be checked in; and it’s great to ride off at the other end... in cars, on yachts, behind the pilot’s seat of a single-prop, in caravans and on narrow boats, Bromptons are taken on trips as frequently as they take their owners on journeys.
And at the end of your commute, your trip or your voyage, your Brompton will fit safely and snugly in a cupboard, under your desk at work or in a cloakroom at the theatre or restaurant. With no risk of theft, your Brompton will still be there later – your personal transport.
A key feature of the Brompton is the compactness and practicality of its fold. With a little practice, this is achieved without any difficulty in 10 - 20 seconds. The dimensions of the folded bike are: 585mm high x 545mm long x 270mm wide (22.2" x 21.5" x 10.6").
When folded, a Brompton stays locked together, making an extremely compact package little larger than its wheels. The folded package may be picked up without any risk that the bike will unfold - reassuring when running for a train or handing it to a cloakroom attendant!
There are no projections or loose parts with the folded package and, using the frame or saddle as a handle, it carries like a small suitcase, lightweight and easy to manage. The fold is designed to keep vulnerable parts, like lights and cable-runs, out of harm's way and, by folding them in, to keep the greasy chain and gears away from clothing and luggage. Small rollers allow the bike to be pushed into inaccessible corners.
There are four types of Brompton, with different handlebar styles designed for different styles of riding and use.
Theses give a fairly upright ride with excellent control.
The M Type is the all-rounder in the range and remains the most popular.
Accepts all Brompton front luggage options.
Grip hight 1015mm
The grips are lower and about 50mm further forward than on the M Type, giving a sporty riding position which complements the positive feel of these bikes.
Only accepts the Brompton S, Mini O, Shoulder & Roll Top Bags.
Grip hight 935mm
The multiple positions afforded by the P Type's handlebars are designed with the touring cyclist in mind.The lower grips are angled for comfort and on longer stretches of road, allow the rider to get down out of the wind. Accepts all Brompton front luggage options
Grip hight 880 to 1033mm
The H Type provides a markedly more upright riding position, the H Type is for those who like to travel with unhurried style, taking in the journey along the way. Accepts all Brompton front luggage options
Grip height 1072mm
Which one is for YOU
At Harry Halls' have been selling and servicing Bromptons for over 25 years. We have enjoyed many interesting moments matching customers with the right bike. Whether it's a sporty number to go in the boot of the Ferrari, a lightweight one to fit behind the pilots seat, a handy one to go on the boat, leave in the caravan, tour Spain on, use on the train... or a practical one to use day in - day out! We can help!
Click the Type you are interested in to view our current stock.
Many customers are taking advantage of Brompton's Custom Build Option. It costs no more and enables you to get exactly what you want, be it a colour scheme, lower gears or a hub dynamo.
It's also a great way of helping you understand what all the Brompton options are about!
- Calculate the weight of your chosen bike
- Experiment with colours
- See what it looks like with luggage on
- Find out how much it will cost.
When you've decided what you want, make a note of the unique build reference number and give us a call to order it for you or discuss your choices.
In-store we can customise if further! We can fit black or white mudguards, Brooks leather grip, alternative saddles etc
Spares & Accessories
At Harry Hall's we stock all the major accessories (bags etc.) and keep most of the popular spares in stock. These parts, unlike the bikes are available to order on-line. If you need something we do not currently range, please ring us and we'll order it in for you.
We offer 2 types of test ride.
To assess size and give you a quick feel for a bike, you are welcome to have a short ride on any of our demo bikes. This is done on either the road outside the shop or in the walkway behind the store.
Full Day Demo
Ride one of our demo bikes where you would normally ride. Compare it's performance where it really matters. You can have it for upto 4 days. This can only be arranged in-store.
We will require an official ID in the form of passport or driving licence with your current address and photo, plus a £300 credit card deposit.