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This was the original photo of my Brompton M6R from Ebay, when I bought it on May 13th 2012

This was the original photo of my Brompton M6R

I’m making this site, because I own a Brompton M6R, I bought it second hand from Ebay in May 2012. It had previously belonged to a guy in Bristol – a perfect environment for a folding bike. I actually live in France, near the Italian border in The French Alps, it’s a ski resort called Serre Chevalier, not really renown for it’s commuting population at all. Serre Chevalier is more about lightweight roadbikes and hardcore mountain bikes, not folding bikes.  I have only ever seen my Brompton in this area, but I’d love to meet some other Brompton owners in the area and see what they are up to and where they are going.

So why did I buy a Brompton if I live in one of the most mountainous parts of Europe? Well there are several reasons:

  • The purchase of my Brompton coincided with a UK Tour I was doing with my band that I play in. This was a perfect opportunity to explore my new personal freedom. Read more about The Harper Brothers UK Tour 2012 here.
  • I’ve always wanted one. Ever since I knew what a Brompton was, I have wanted one. I’d heard of the Bickerton before, but they seemed a bit ugly to me. But the first Brompton I ever saw was on a train between Berkhamsted, Herts and London Euston. I stared at the folded ‘thing’ for the whole journey and was just amazed when the owner unfolded his Brompton at Euston Station and promptly rode off. This must have been a very early Brompton as the year was about 1988.
  • I live in a very beautiful part of The World and it is just very cool to have my bike in the back of my car, so that when I find somewhere nice, I can just get it out and go for a ride.
  • When I have several errands to do in my nearby town of Briançon, I like to just park my car and then get my bike out and go to all the various places I need to and then drive back. This is just super convenient and saves all those little trips and finding somewhere to park over and over again.
  • I just like them, Bromptons are fun to ride and are a really fun talking point.
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  • David Holt January 18, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Dear Richard,

    Congratulations on your website. It’ simple, fun to read and packed full of good information.

    I am writing to you to officially introduce you to our unique product designed specifically for Brompton bicycles.

    The Off yer bike handle was launched in October 2012 and is currently selling well via our own dedicated website and via selected retailers in Europe, South east Asia and the USA. Designed and assembled by hand in the UK, the Off yer bike carry handle is a simple, high quality ‘retro fit’ carrying solution for Brompton bicycles.

    We (the designers of the Off yer bike carrying handle) have been using Brompton bicycles for many years as part of our daily commute into London from our base in Kent. Whilst loving the flexibility and build of the Brompton, we were frustrated by the awkwardness of carrying and manoeuvring the bike when not riding it. After chatting to many Brompton riders, it became clear that there was a market for a simple, high quality handle to help riders transport and manoeuvre their bikes when Off their bikes.

    After developing and testing several different designs in the market, we settled on a simple, high quality retro fit handle, which, when fitted, enables riders to easily carry and manoeuvre their bikes from either side onto trains, buses and cars when folded, and help carry the bike up and down steps and escalators and over obstacles when in ‘ride ready mode’. Users can decide which side and which way they prefer to carry the bike and simply adjust the position of the handle accordingly.

    Please take a look at our website http://www.offyerbike.com and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the handle or require any further information.

    Kind regards,
    David Holt
    Off yer bike

  • Richard February 7, 2013, 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the info about your Brompton carry handle, it does look quite funky I must admit. If you want to send me one I would love to review it and feature it here 🙂

  • David Holt March 13, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Hi Richard, thanks for your kind offer. We can certainly send you a handle to test. At the moment we are experiencing huge demand so it may be a while before we can get one to you. Please can you send your delivery details to offyerbike@gmail.com and we will contact you when we have a handle available to send. Many apologies for the delay in our reply.


    David Holt
    Off yer bike

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