"BROMPTON" from London, England is a bicycle that can be folded to a size slightly larger than a tire. The saddle and optional front bag are fashionable, and it is a brand that sells bicycles that not only "can be stored in the room" but also "want to decorate the room" with a little ingenuity.
The "BROMPTON" has landed in Tokyo in earnest. The official store "BROMPTON Junction" has been opened in Daikanyama. At the Enuchi editorial department, I went to the store and took a test drive. I have experienced "BROMPTON"! Here, we will introduce 5 "Wow!" Of this bicycle.
■ This is amazing! Part 1: Tire (slightly larger) size when folded!
When folded, the "BROMPTON" bicycle is a little larger than the tires. With this, you can bring it into a small apartment room with little storage. It is a nice specification for Japanese city dwellers.
At the official store "BROMPTON Junction" in Daikanyama, there is an exhibition that takes advantage of this compact size, and bicycles are displayed on the wall of the shop like interior goods and miscellaneous goods.
The wall storage is divided into a total of 32 shelves, 4 vertical x 8 horizontal, and each compartment has one bicycle. Only "BROMPTON" bicycles can be lined up with 32 bicycles in such a volume.
If you bring a folding bike into a "living room as soon as you open the door" type room, the bike will be in sight no matter where you sit. But with the "BROMPTON" design, you can dare to decorate it where you can see it. This area can also be said to be for urban areas in Japan.
■ This is amazing! Part 2: It takes only 15 seconds to fold / unfold.
The drawback of folding bikes is that they are difficult to fold / unfold. It's easy to get a pain in the joints with the skin of your hands, or to touch the chain and your fingers turn black. If you have such an experience even once, you will swear, "This fold, I will never fold it again!"
"Folding bike that can't be folded" is as incomprehensible as "conveyor belt sushi that doesn't turn". Because sushi doesn't turn in the first place, and bicycles don't fold in the first place. "In this case, I should have bought an ordinary bicycle instead of folding it." There must be unexpectedly many people who think so.
But with "BROMPTON", the folding function works smoothly. Even the new editorial staff of Enuchi who tried for the first time succeeded in folding / unfolding safely in the second challenge. Yes, "BROMPTON" is a "foldable folding bike"! This is surprisingly rare.
■ This is amazing! Part 3: Surprisingly high running performance "BROMPTON" has high running performance as a fold. One of the reasons is the long wheelbase, which doesn't seem to fold. Not only does it provide a natural riding posture, it also enhances stability during driving.
In addition, the distance that "BROMPTON" can travel in a single stroke is 6 to 8 meters, which is a long distance for folding. The distance is longer than a typical 26-inch city cycle without a derailleur (so-called mamachari). There is no such thing as rowing or rowing that doesn't make much progress like some folds.
■ This is amazing! Part 4: Easy to carry!
Some folding bikes don't know where to hold them when folded. If you hold the frame and lift it, the folds will open and you may hit your feet, which may hurt you.
In "BROMPTON", the saddle is the handle. You can easily carry a body that weighs between 10.6 kg and 12.3 kg. You don't have to worry about bruising your legs because the body doesn't open while you're carrying it.
■ This is amazing! Part 5: Abundant accessories
The reason why mamachari is popular in Japan is that it comes with a basket that is convenient for shopping. "BROMPTON" does not have a basket on the body, but various front bags are sold as accessories.
This front bag is colorful and fashionable. It is a lineup that even women can choose while having fun. This fashionable and wide variety of front baskets (sold separately) is also the appeal of "BROMPTON".
Easy to install the bag. Just click with the fasteners. It has a decent capacity, so even a little shopping can be done.
By the way, when this bag and bicycle are folded, you can carry the bicycle with a handle like a carry bag.
■ What is the best reason for the Japanese market? … Because it is manufactured by hand in London, England!
The above are the "5 amazing!" Of "BROMPTON" that the editorial department experienced. But why did "BROMPTON" become the perfect bicycle for Japanese cities like this?
The reason is that "BROMPTON" was born and raised in London, England. As you know, London is a city with a lot of rain. Sometimes it rains suddenly and you have to fold your bike and take a taxi back to your room.
And the apartment rooms in London are small, and there are many properties without elevators. Take your bicycle up the stairs to the 5th floor and place your bicycle in the narrow front door. There are many people with such a lifestyle.
But this looks just like an urban area in Japan. There are few properties without an elevator, but the other conditions are very similar. "BROMPTON" was born and trained in London, so it became a perfect vehicle for urban areas in Japan.
While many bicycle manufacturers have moved their manufacturing bases to Asia, "BROMPTON" continues to manufacture in London, England, maintaining high quality and employment in the United Kingdom. Even if you take this alone, you can say that it is a manufacturer that deserves respect.
■ Test drive is welcome!
According to the manager of "BROMPTON", test rides are welcome. There are several test rides available, so you can test drive one that suits your height and lifestyle.
If you have a chance to visit Daikanyama during Silver Week, why not stop by "BROMPTON Junction"? It's okay to buy on impulse. If you put it in a rinko bag, you can put it on the Shinkansen or an airplane and take it home!