On my way to work today which unusually involved taking my beloved Brompton on the tube for a meeting, a member of the public came up to me to enquire about my bicycle. For a good ten minutes of my journey he asked lots of questions which I was happy to answer.
This is of course nothing new. I have said in the past that I am like an unpaid Brompton employee sometimes. The time came when I knew he wanted to ask the question, how much? I told him about the options - base model and optional extras - but his response my answer was something new.
When we got to the vulgar part of discussing exactly how much money would change hands between you and the cycle shop he actually said, seems quite reasonable from what you have said about Brompton bicycles.'
I have been here many times over the years but this was the first person to actually weigh things up and come out with that response.
I wonder whether this person will bite the bullet and get one in the future. From what he told me he would certainly like to have a little more freedom in terms of personal transport.
Before parting I informed him about this very blog. So, if you were the person on that tube carriage this morning and you decide to get a Brompton...its going to be an orange one, right!