In May 2012 I was doing a UK Tour with my band, The Harper Brothers. We normally play in ski resorts (mostly Serre Chevalier) during the winter, but this year we decided to go off and do a gruelling 11 day, 11 gig tour of England. All the time we were there we were travelling around in a 10 meter long Damon Ultrasport RV, which meant once we were parked up I had no transport. I didn’t like the idea of this at all so I thought it would be a good time to buy my Brompton. I bought it off Ebay while I was still in France and arranged to get it delivered to my friend Charlie’s in Chesham, Bucks. This is where we stopped on our first night.
Within minutes of me unpacking the bike, we had a problem, how do we get 6 blokes down to the pub in one car? Chesham is only a few kilometers away, but even so, it’s more than a trivial walk. This was my first ride on my Brompton, a lovely ride down Pednor Road on a beautiful sunny afternoon in May 2012. Down to the pub in the High Street, The George and Dragon. I wish I had taken a photo, but I didn’t, so I have just nicked one off the internet.
Sitting in the garden with a pint in the sunshine, I couldn’t take my eyes of my now folded Brompton. It was only a matter of an hour or so before a real ale drinking cyclist turned up in a high visibility jacket to admire The Brompton, much to the amusement of the rest of the band.