Monday, December 7, 2009

Need A New Bike?

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Brompton. All opinions are 100% mine.

This time of year, many shoppers are busy looking for the absolute perfect gifts for the ones they love. Many parents are looking for new bikes for their children, while many adults are considering vehicles or other extravagant gifts for their spouses and significant others. Transportation is an issue for people of all ages, and Christmas is the perfect time to help make transportation needs a little easier. That is why the Brompton is such a great find.

Made by Undiscovered Business Entrepreneurs the Brompton is a great option for people living in busy cities. This great bicycle offers users a chance to navigate the busy cities, getting from place to place with destinations that are closer in proximity to each other. It also folds, making it easier to bring aboard the subway or local trains (and even in taxis) when destinations are farther apart.

This great bicycle, seen in the video below, is a great solution to transportation, and the Brompton would make a great present for Christmas, birthdays, or any other special occasion. Whether given to a busy college student, a businessman hoping to commute easier to and from work, or just someone who wants an easier way to go sightseeing while on vacation, the Brompton would surely be much appreciated.

Please see the following press release:

"Step off the train in London during rush hour and you will see a swarm of besuited businesspeople mounting odd little fold-up bicycles.

While the average person may not have considered it, a folding bicycle is an impressive feat of engineering. It needs to be easily collapsible yet maintain alignment to offer a comfortable and speedy ride – it’s a daunting task for any entrepreneur. Such was the conundrum that Andrew Ritchie wrestled with in the mid-70s. Ritchie, trained as an engineer, but working as a landscape gardener, was intrigued by the idea of designing a bike so small “it could fit in your pocket”. He began working on his own prototypes and by 1976 had formed a company, Brompton, named after the Brompton Oratory church opposite his home. Despite the bicycle’s ingenuity and Ritchie’s enthusiasm, bike manufacturers showed little interest, forcing him to go into production for himself. He had no problems selling his bikes, but between Ritchie and his single employee, he couldn’t build more than 300 a year from his little workshop in London. Now the company has a turnover of £10million and is growing about 25% a year. About 70% of the bikes are sold abroad, particularly to the Netherlands, Germany, the USA and Japan. Amazingly, manufacturing still takes place in London.

Nearly half a million journeys are made by bicycle in London each day, and the number of cyclists has nearly doubled since 2000. The existing factory has the capacity for Brompton to double its output, and with another 15 years on its lease, there is no reason to doubt that Brompton will remain the best of British, made in the heart of London."

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