I must state that I think the design and build quality (from what I saw at the factory) is second to none. It exudes quality and is very well engineered. I would stick my head out to say that it will probably win a raft of awards. So why won't I be in line buying one I hear to you ask?
The opportunity arose to place an order for one this week. The price £48 - which of course might be adjusted up or down. When it came to actually pressing confirm order - which was the position I was in - I could not proceed. Despite all I have said and written about the toolkit, when it came to parting company with my money I just thought it was too expensive.
At say £29.99 I would have bought it. But for me at least £45ish is too much. With my new Carradice saddle bag I carry a a few tools on even the shortest of rides and wonder if I'd really need it? With this in mind I sought an alternative. I had to look at serious car mechanic stockists and search long and hard for something suitable, but I think I found what I wanted.
I bought a Teng Tools Midget 15mm spanner for £4.69. It is less than 10cm long, weighs next to nothing and could be carried in a pocket let alone my saddle bag. The picture above is of course the 17mm version I got from the web and I will post a picture of it when it arrives. With this I could happily change a wheel and I just feel happier about paying £4.69 rather than £45+
Knowing me, in a few weeks time I might be posting pictures of the Brompton Toolkit I have bought but for the moment at least I won't be one of those placing an order for one. In many ways it is a little like the 'Brompton Oratory Jacket.' Loved it, wanted it but wouldn't pay £250 for it.