I have been a Brompton owner for two years! I can barely believe it. The reasons why I started this blog was because I needed the motivation to take what was for me a huge challenge and then I wanted a record to remind myself that in the beginning it wasn’t easy. It was fun but not easy.
What has changed in the last two years as a Brompton rider? I see lots of Bromptons as I cross London these days. A neighbour now has a pink Brompton.
I see lots more folding bikes in general, particularly the Mezzo. More commuters are using cycling as part of their journey and I think this will increase in time.
I am certainly fitter and stronger. As a Brompton user who has carried her bike up and down stairs (avoid Kings Cross Station in rush hour) on a regular basis, in flats and heels my muscles had no choice but to toughen up. Who knew fresh air would give me such a buzz.
I see a lot more of London on a bike. Obviously I would, but this is an unexpected delight. I tend to stick to the same route when I travel by public transport and in a car I have to focus on the traffic I don’t see much. On a bike I am always finding new routes through traffic and then finding lots of places that I didn’t know existed.
I have more conversations with non-cyclists. Other travellers will ask questions, smile, and at the beginning helped me carry the bike. Typical question is ‘how much does that cost?’
Finally I have discovered the wonderful ‘slow and stylish’ cycling community that exists everywhere. I believe cyclists will change their communities, the environment one pedal push at a time.
Thank you to all who read and or comment on this blog, your support is appreciated.