Forgive the interruption to the Hebrides write up… there’s more to come in due course. I’m just wandering off on a tangent to bring you some pics of the new bike, a Brompton H6L.
As explained in a previous post, my old car has now gone and the Brommie is a ‘transport solution’ for my forays to the dirty old Smoke.
The build on the bike was delayed – predictable really, as Brompton can’t make these bikes fast enough and most seem to go for export nowadays. It’s a pretty standard spec from the factory with the addition of a telescopic seat post, cover/saddlebag, firm suspension elastomer and a luggage block.
The SPD pedals are my addition, as are the stubby bar ends, which do not interfere with the fold. Talking of the fold, it is as good as you’ve heard. The bike snaps together into a fantastic compact, contained package.
So what’s it like? It’s a different experience, no doubt. There are certain compromises you have to make when riding one of these machines, not least the flex in the stem. This, initially, is a wee bit disconcerting but you soon get used to it. The handling is sharp, but not unduly so, and with the addition of the bar ends, the bike feels surprisingly comfortable.
As for like-for-like comparisons in the cockpit, the saddle height is the same as a regular bike thanks to the extender post while the reach comes in the same as the ‘flats’ on my tourer and audax bike. Considering I ride on the hoods most of the time, that means it’s shorter, even when using the bar ends.
Anyway, here are some shots (forgive the bunting, these were taken post-Jubilee party although provide a fitting backdrop for the Brit Brommie). I’ll report back after a few weeks on the road.