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Chesham, Bucks, that’s where I first met my Brompton

Pednor Road, Chesham, Bucks

Pednor Road, the first road I rode my Brompton on.

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.

Chesham George & Dragon

The George & Dragon, Chesham

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.

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  • Lesley johnson November 10, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Have you please got a foldaway Brompton bike you could give me for free as a Christmas present 2013 . I have very little money and you would make my life much easier . I look forward to hearing from you . Thankyou Lesley

    • Rick November 10, 2013, 7:30 pm

      I wish I had Lesley, but no. I have a non folding 10 speed Viking with a gorgeous Reynolds 531 frame (circa 1975) that needs a couple of tyres. You could have that, but you would have to collect it from the French Alps.

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