When I first thought of buying a Brompton for the twofold purposes of having personal transport so I would have to go on public transport and to get fitter, I did contemplate buying a titanium version then. At the time I did not have enough funds to stretch that far and if truth be told I didn't think it was worth the additional cost.
Attitudes and ideas do of course change. It was as I have written before at the Marathon event at the 2012 Brompton World Championships, I was roughly halfway round when I thought about the question: would it be a good move to buy a Titanium Orange Brompton? I must have concluded that it was as a few miles later I had its full specifications all mapped out.
- 6 x gears - normal ratio (no granny lowering of the gears for me)!
- M-type (they produce a perfect ride height for me and they are a bit of a classic Brompton shape).
- Extended seat post.
- Firm suspension.
- Eazy Wheels.
- Front carrier block.
- Marathon tyres (my favourite of the Marathon range as they are narrower and able to take up to 110 psi).
- New brake levers.
- New crank.
- Standard Brompton saddle as I would be replacing for a custom Brooks.
- Orange frame (well it had to be this of course).
- Titanium - a wonderful material. Not only does it save a considerable amount of weight and looks incredible it is incredibly strong and will not be susceptible to rust.
This spec stayed in my head for ages and I did nothing about it. When Brompton revealed some of the upgrades for 2013 bikes I felt that the time was right for an order to be placed for the above bike.
I have been quietly excited about getting this bike. I write 'quietly' as I have deliberately tried not to think too much about it. I knew that if I did dwell on the prospect of realising a mini dream as it were the weeks would drag by slowly. Luckily, a busy schedule, lots of rides to think about / go on, two children, three cats and one Mrs Orange Brompton has taken my mind off my new bike.
I did have to sell my Raw Lacquer S2L to part fund this new bike and I must say that I do not miss it it in the slightest. The Raw Lacquer is a great colour but a little dull for my liking. I don't even miss the S-type handlebar. For the rides I am going on the M-type is king.
Tomorrow is going to be a long day! I will not be even setting off for the cycle shop until late afternoon and I know that my thoughts will be preoccupied. It isn't every day you buy a Titanium Brompton. The weather forecast for tomorrow is cloud with a low chance of light rain. It was my intention to only use this bike in fair weather but I know that no matter what it is tomorrow I will be going out for a test run.
So, roughly this time tomorrow I will be the proud owner of two Orange Brompton bicycles but one will be Superlight, Titanium and Orange!