I recently bought my new Titanium Orange Brompton from 'Compton Cycles.' I thought I would give my thoughts on this purchase.
Before I bought my Original Orange Brompton I actually visited Compton Cycles as I happened to be in the area. I think I may have chatted to the owner Chris Compton? Whoever it was could not have been more helpful. I was unable to place an order there and then as I was still mulling things over and in the end ordered it from a local 'Specialized Concept Store' several weeks later which at the time was a Brompton dealer.
In the past I have likened Compton Cycles to that other great cycle shop, NYCeWheels. In other words the sort of cycle shop you wish you could go to. Several friends have bought their Brompton bicycles or are in the process of ordering from Compton's and have spoken very highly of them.
I ordered my new Titanium Orange Brompton as a bespoke order. This was a painless process and could not have been simpler. I was given as estimated delivery date, which I should add was a great deal sooner than the competition and I paid my deposit. Communication was great. I was informed that there would be a delay of one week (which actually suited me better) and when it did arrive I was informed as soon as it landed in the shop. All very impressive.
The earliest I could collect was last Wednesday in the middle of rush hour. Luckily I made it after quite a long journey and the whole process was as friendly as it was painless. I will be taking it back for its 100 mile service at some point in the future and even though it will involve a long journey I feel it will be worth it.
Apart from Brompton bicycles Compton's seem to have your every cycling need catered for, whether you are a hardened mountain biker, roadie, fixed wheeler, child and everything in-between. They also service bikes. A few friends have taken their Brompton bikes there and again have always spoken very highly of the service they have received.
A third Brompton or replacement is probably a very long way off now, but if I did I would be straight down to Compton Cycles to order it. If you live in the London area or prepared to travel in, it really is worthwhile. I am no fan of the huge bicycle shop chains out there when buying something as expensive as a Brompton and have occasionally heard not the best of reviews. Compton Cycles seems the best option to me.
Their details are as below:
23-25 Catford Hill,
Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 18:00
Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00
Sunday - Closed all day.
You can click on the link below to take you to their website.