A Brompton can be used as a touring bike no problem, judging from the experience of our customer Paul Truin who sent us this account of his Coast to Coast Ride along Hadrian’s Cycleway:
Paul calls into into his local branch quite often.
Of particular interest and assurance to me, is the fact that a member of the team, Alan, is a Brompton enthusiast, as well as being an exceedingly decent bloke. It makes such a difference, when I have brought my bike in for a service or a repair problem, to know that there is a man who really knows his stuff available. [To book your own bike in for a service or repair, look here – editor].
When I saw Alan in you store last Wednesday, he told me that he was once again going to the annual Brompton event at Blenheim Palace. Not wanting to be too out-done(!), I informed him that I was off in a few days to tackle Hadrian’s Cycleway. He was very interested to hear about this, and thought that you guys might like to know about my plans….so here it is!”
On Monday the 14th of May 2012, I set off on my Brompton folding bicycle for Sheffield Railway Station. I was on my way to the first stage of a cycling/camping trip that took me from Ravenglass on the Cumbrian Coast, via Carlisle to Tynemouth beyond Newcastle, on the North Sea. This is Hadrian’s Cycleway*. The route covers a distance of 174 miles (I pedalled closer to 200 miles) which I completed in three and a half days of reasonable biking, camping each night.
*(And you didn’t know that the Romans had bikes?)”
Paul completed this ride to raise funds for the National Autism Society.