Brompton is a British bike manufacturer based out of London that creates folding bikes and is currently the largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK by volume.
With congested roads and packed public transport, large cities can be difficult to travel through. At least, that’s what Andrew Ritchie thought when he moved to London in 1975, so he decided to come up with a solution: a folding bike. From that idea, Brompton was born in 1976.
It was a humble beginning, with Andrew hiring a workshop and working solo to hand manufacture every bike to order. That continued until 1987 when a happy Brompton customer, Julian Vereker, helped the company financially. This kickstarted a quick-fire period of growth and Brompton soon opened its first factory. By 1991, it had 56 outlets worldwide.
Despite the growth, the Brompton folding bike has essentially stayed the same over its history with modern models still based around Andrew’s first design which was originally patented in 1979.
Subsequent models have tweaked the successful formula, including the Brompton Superlight which was released in 2005. Many more models have followed, including the Brompton T Line in 2022. It tips the scales at only 7.45kg - Brompton’s lightest ever bike.
Revolutionising the urban and commuter bike industry, Brompton has won many awards over the years, including the coveted Best Product Award at the 1987 Cyclex Bike Show in London.
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