The Brompton factory is nestled between a London Overground line and the motorway in south west London. On first appearances the building doesn't appear to have the capacity for such a high-volume international operation, however, it soon became apparent that it was a labyrinth of highly-skilled
I was shown through the informal 'museum' that occupied the wall space in the stairwell. It displays numerous letters of rejection for loans from banks, and ironically Britian's previous largest manufacturer Raleigh. In addition, old models of Brompton hung from the walls, a reminder that little has changed from the original design that was released in the seventies. I was told that despite the bikes looking very similar, from the signature bent tube to the folding mechanisms, that almost everything has been refined to be as ergonomically comfortable as possible. However, if needed the original sketches for the components and jigs are simply scattered across the boardroom table.
Away from development and design, the workshop floor told a different story.
Each member of staff at Brompton is taught to build the bikes as a part of their training. Everyone must spend time not only assembling the bikes, but learning how to braze, which is an integral part of the 'feel' of the Brompton. The task of tutoring new
After the frame parts are built and have returned from the paint shop they hit the assembly line. Taking
Once I had seen the effort and pride that is put into each bike I got to have my first ride on one.
The Brompton was unlike any other bike I had ridden. Despite the tiny wheels, it felt incredibly stable due to the low
We are also pleased to announce that Brompton