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Brompton Folding Bike

Why Brompton Folding Bikes?

Bromptons are the very best folding bikes on Earth because they fold like no other and ride like a dream for a lifetime. Watch us fold one in well under 15 seconds!

Let a Brompton take you anywhere - its flexibility allows you to get more out of life, day and night. Free yourself from the confines of other forms of transport and take in the world around you. Need a change of scene? Just pop a Brompton on a plane, train or in the car to explore further.

  • The Fold

    The number one thing that sets Brompton apart is the fold – it simply can't be beat! A Brompton can easily be folded or unfolded in under 20 seconds. When folded the bike is locked together in a compact package, which can be carried or towed with ease and stored almost anywhere. The chain and gears are in the center of the folded package keeping them away from clothing and luggage.

  • The Ride

    People are always surprised by how amazing it feels to ride a Brompton! Its ride position and agility are more than a match for conventional bicycles. Small wheels mean fast acceleration from red lights and increased maneuverability through busy streets. The suspension system and long seatpost make the bike comfortable to ride over rough surfaces and for longer distances.

  • The Build

    No other folding bikes can even come close to the build quality of a Brompton. Hand made in London with love and care, the expert builders put their signature on each bike to show their pride in a job well down. Every Brompton is bulletproof and can take everything you can throw at it - every day.

Made for You

Every Brompton is hand made to order. With thousands of combinations, we are certain you will be able to specify a bike that feels made for you. A huge selection of options, accessories and luggage means you can specify a Brompton to suit your needs (riding style, route to and from work, wardrobe, budget). It’s a complete transport solution and a lifestyle statement. You start off buying a bike but end up buying into a way of getting around that is very personal to you, an extension of who you are.

Frame Color

Frame Colors

Sometimes the hardest part of choosing a bike that’s made for you is choosing your favorite color combination. Brompton Bikes are available in a range of 12 painted colors, including two-tone. They are are also available with a Raw Lacquer over the steel, allowing you to see the craftsmanship of the brazing.

Handlebars

M Type

M Type Handlebars

The original Brompton ‘look’, offering a more upright ride (height 1015mm), at the cost of a little more weight. The all-rounder in the range, with plenty of room for luggage at the front.

H Type

H Type Handlebars

Combining the classic looks of the M Type with a markedly more upright riding position (height 1072mm), albeit at the cost of additional weight, the H Type is for those who like to travel with unhurried style.

S Type

S Type Handlebars

Straight, low bars (grip height 935mm) offering a sporty ride position and a lightweight, positive feel. The pay-off is less room for front luggage.

P Type

P Type Handlebars

Designed with the touring cyclist in mind, two positions (height 1033mm and 880mm) offer the rider a choice between an aerodynamic profile and more upright control, ideal in traffic. The pay-off is a noticeably heavier front end.

Check out this useful video for a closer look at the Brompton handlebar otpions.

All Four Handlebars

Gears

Watch the short video below to answer all your questions and see the pros and cons of each gearing option.

The Gears may be the most important decision you make about your Brompton. Choose wisely! Contact us for help.

  • 1 Speed

    The purist’s choice: light, simple and without clutter.

  • 2 Speed

    Based on the unique Brompton derailleur system, with near perfect chain-alignment, this is the best set-up for flexibility and portability: one gear for hills and starting off, one for cruising.

  • 3 Speed

    The BSR [Brompton Standard Range] is an updated version of the classic Sturmey Archer three-speed hub in an aluminium alloy shell. Fully enclosed for reliability and easy to use: a popular choice for everyday cycling.

  • 6 Speed

    The combination of the highly-efficient BWR [Brompton Wide Range] hub with our derailleur system gives six evenly-spaced gears. With its low transmission losses and wide range, this is the right choice for touring and for riding in hilly areas.

Gear Ratio

You can change the gear ratio on any Brompton to better suit your riding style or terrain. Lower gears are for hilly terrain and slower riding. The options available for each gearing setup are listed below.

1 Speed

-7%
-18%

2 Speed

-7%
-18%

3 Speed

+8%
-12%
-18%

6 Speed

+8%
-12%

Mudguards/Rack

Version E

Version E

No mudguards or rack. Going without mudguards looks good and is also the lightest and least expensive option; but the bike is less stable when folded, there’s no pump and of course no protection from water and dirt on the road.

Version L

Version L

Equipped with mudguards only, essential for non-fair weather cyclists.

Version R

Version R

Fitted with mudguards and a rack. Whether or not you have front luggage, a carrier on the bike can be useful. The die-cast aluminium rack comes with shock cords and can easily manage loads of 10kg.

Frame Material

Steel

On all Bromptons, steel is used for the main frame and handlebar stem. The steel gives rigidity to the vital link between handlebar and pedals, which is the key to good handling. All-steel Bromptons also feature a rear triangle and front fork made of steel.

Steel/Titanium

Offering weight savings of up to 1kg, this option will appeal particularly if you expect to carry the bike regularly. High-strength titanium alloy is used in place of steel for the rear triangle and front fork, as well as on the mudguard stays; an aluminium alloy headset and extra-light front wheel also feature, and no pump is fitted.

Saddle Height

Standard

Standard

For an inside leg of 33''/84cm and under. Our lightest and shortest seatpost but if your inside leg is more than 33”/84cm, you will almost certainly need a longer pillar.

Extended

Extended

For an inside leg of 33 - 35''/84 - 89cm. Offers an additional 60mm of elevation, but leaves the saddle correspondingly higher when folded.

Telescopic

Telescopic

For an inside leg of over 35''/90cm. Offers up to 175mm more elevation than a standard post but the saddle projects only 20mm above the folded package.

Saddle

Brompton Saddle

Version E

Comfortable, practical and light: this high-quality unisex saddle has been designed by Brompton for our bikes. A moulded grip under the nose facilitates carrying, and the ingenious Brompton Pentaclip allows stepless adjustment of the saddle angle.

B17 Special Men's

B17 Special Men's

This traditional saddle, specially designed for men, will give years of comfortable cycling, the leather moulding with time to the rider. Finished with hand-hammered copper rivets, copper-plated metalwork, and fitted with the Brompton Pentaclip for stepless adjustment.

B17 Special Ladies'

B17 Special Ladies

This traditional saddle, specially designed for ladies, will give years of comfortable cycling, the leather moulding with time to the rider. Finished with hand-hammered copper rivets, copper-plated metalwork, and fitted with the Brompton Pentaclip for stepless adjustment.

Suspension

Suspension is important on a small-wheeled bike. Ours is provided by a polyurethane block between the main and rear frames; lightweight and effective, it smoothes out the lumps and bumps en route, while the inherent damping avoids excessive “bounce”.

Standard

Fine for many, particularly lighter people and those who ride and pedal smoothly.

Firm

Possibly more suitable for those weighing over 80kg, those who cycle more aggressively and those prepared to sacrifice some comfort in return for a more responsive ride.

Tires

Brompton Kevlar

Brompton Kevalr

Our standard tyre; durable yet light and with low rolling resistance. The Kevlar belt under the tread almost eliminates punctures. Finished with reflective sidewalls.

Schwalbe Kojak

Schwalbe Kojak

The fastest tyre ever fitted on the Brompton; light and puncture resistant (thanks to a RaceGuard strip), a Kevlar bead also allows it to be folded, making it easy to pack as a spare. Finished with reflective sidewalls.

Schwalbe Marathon

Schwalbe Marathon

Heavier than the Brompton tyre and noticeably slower, but it is solidly-built, with a Kevlar belt and a thicker sidewall for increased puncture resistance. Finished with reflective sidewalls.

Lighting

Reflectors Only

Reflectors Only

Add your own lighting system or do without.

Battery Lighting

Battery Lighting

The LED rear lamp with integral reflectors, which stays fixed to the bike, was designed especially for Brompton and gives a good bright light. At the front is the neat, powerful S-Sun 3-LED lamp, easily removed for folding with a quick-release. Batteries included.

Shimano Hub Dynamo

Shimano Hub Dynamo

Hub dynamos offer a very reliable lighting solution and this one, especially adapted for the Brompton by Shimano, offers very good performance at a keen price. Features include a Busch & Müller “Lyt B” LED front lamp and a stand-light function at the rear.

SON Hub Dynamo

SON Hub Dynamo

The SON hub is beautifully engineered, highly efficient, and will give years of reliable service. A powerful Busch & Müller LED front lamp, featuring an automatic light-sensing function, and a stand-light function at the front as well as the rear, complete the premium package.

Luggage

Brompton front luggage options are based on our unique front carrier system; luggage is attached via a specially designed frame that latches securely onto a tapered block. It takes a second to attach or release your luggage and the load is attached directly to the main frame, having little effect on steering. The block has a sprung clip to retain luggage; it does not project from the folded package.

Mini O Bag

Mini O Bag

The small size and sleek shape make it a great streamlined option, especially on longer rides, but Ortlieb’s meticulous construction will still keep contents dry. Capacity 7 litres; dimensions 280w x 270h x 180d; supplied with a shoulder strap, no need for a rain resistant cover.

O Bag

O Bag

Ortlieb, the most respected name in waterproof cycle luggage, has created a bag especially for the Brompton. Capacity 20 litres; dimensions 500w x 300h x 150d; supplied with a shoulder strap, no need for a rain resistant cover.

C Bag

C Bag

A messenger-style bag with a Velcro and buckle-fastened flap. A multitude of pockets, finished with water resistant zips, keep those small essentials safe and dry, while a bright lining means an end to searching for small items in the dark recesses of your bag. Capacity 25 litres; dimensions 420w x 300h x 170d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover.

S Bag

S Bag

Smaller messenger-style bag with a low profile and plenty of compartments, as well as a bright lining and water-resistant zips. A removable front panel allows the S Bag to be personalised; this option features the classic black flap. Capacity 20 litres; dimensions 420w x 260h x 170d; supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rain resistant proof cover. 

T Bag

T Bag

The T Bag is the successor to the Touring Pannier, incorporating a more modern design and improved materials and finish. It boasts considerably more capacity than any other bag, and a roll-top system with nylon clips for closing. There is a pocket and a bottle-pouch at the back, a zip-up pocket inside and three elasticated net pockets around the outside to stow things for the ride. Capacity approx. 31 litres; 420w x 300h x 270d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover.

Folding Basket

Folding Basket

This is our simplest item of luggage - a large, open-top container, ideal for shopping. Its shape is maintained by a simple bracing frame which folds flat for storage. Capacity 24 litres.

Game Bag

Game Bag

Brompton's newest bag offering, hand crafted in the UK by Chapman bags. Constructed of premium cotton canvas, brass fittings and leather accents. Refined and professional.

Rack Sack

Rack Sack

Although many prefer the “clip-on/clip-off ” convenience of our front luggage, the rear rack offers useful additional carriage possibilities, though the contents must obviously be removed before ‘parking’ and folding. With stiffened sides and built-in Velcro straps to secure it, the Rack Sack is purpose-designed for the Brompton rear rack, offering a very secure, shower-proof solution. Capacity 16 litres; dimensions 200w x 250h x 400d; supplied with a shoulder strap.

Transporting

Eazy Wheels

Eazy Wheels

Two tire rollers with industrial bearings allow the folded bike to be pushed around smoothly. A rubber bung in the seat post can be used as a brake to prevent unwanted rolling.

B Bag

B Bag

Made of tough nylon with 5mm padding to give a degree of protection for your Brompton when travelling. The base is reinforced, and has integral castors: there are extra pockets, and it comes with a shoulder strap as well as handles. Packs down flat for storage.

Saddle Bag and Cover

Saddle Bag and Cover

Often useful, especially on public transport, the zip-up Brompton Cover is quick to fit and remove and can be drawn tight around the base of the bike using its draw cord. The cover comes in a saddle bag for storage.

Why Practical Cycle?

Practical Cycle is the very best place to buy a folding bike in Sacramento and beyond for one simple reason – we take better care of our customers than anyone else. We realize you have lots of options when shopping for a folding bicycle, but we’re different, and we promise that you’ll be happier as a Practical Cycle customer than you would be otherwise.

  • Service from the Heart

    Practical Cycle's customer service policy in a nutshell is the golden rule. As a family owned business, we’re wholeheartedly commited to treating you like we would like to be treated ourselves. It's that simple!

  • Low Price Promise

    With Practical Cycle you get to have your cake and eat it too! We offer you the best possible experience and the lowest price - guaranteed. If you find a lower price on anything we sell, we’ll gladly match it!

  • Expert Advice:

    Most Practical Cycle customers aren't bike experts. They just love to ride them! We don't expect you to know all the boring details about all the latest bikes and gear - that's our job. We ride everyday and make it our business to know what works for everyday people in the real world, so we can give you useful advice based on our extensive knowlege and practical experience.

Build Your Own

Now you're ready to build your very own dream Brompton Folding Bike – just the way you want it! And the Custom Brompton Builder tool makes it quick and easy!!! (Be patient as it takes a few moments to load.)

Once you've made your selections, simply save your build and be sure to copy the reference number. Then enter your reference number here to place your order.

You can also browse our selection of Ready to Ride Bromptons. These are the most popular configurations, and they're available right away. This is the fastest way to get rolling!

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