Compton Cycles are a great little bike shop. I bought my Titanium Orange Brompton from there and more recently my Surly Disc Trucker (which I love and actually like a great deal more than my Condor road bike and that it saying something believe me). They also sorted out my DIY disaster on the stem of my Orange Special Edition! I think every other Brompton cyclist I know has had some association with Compton Cycles whether that be buying one from them, having it serviced or getting some kind of customisation carried out.
I didn't actually buy my new Brompton from them but owner and gentleman among men Jim said it would be okay. Setting off early I ended up at London Bridge station, got on a train and off at Maze Hill.
As I rolled up outside the shop I saw the former owner Chris who despite being retired was keeping his hand in and providing his ever expert advice to a German couple looking at a Brompton Electric. Handing my bike to Jim he took it in and gave it the once over.
As Jim got to work I eyed some of the many offerings on offer at Compton Cycles. There were a few in Flame Lacquer, the new '75' (which will be reviewed at some point by fellow Brompton rider Simon at some point) and a rather sparkly purple.
When Jim handed it back there were no issues. Saying my goodbyes I headed back to central London with the bike feeling good, especially the brakes.
I decided to cycle back to central London rather than take the train at nearby Catford Bridge. Putting Aldgate into my Wahoo, the route came up and I was off. It was about seven and a half miles and they went by pretty quickly. As I crossed the Thames and neared the City I recoiled in horror as memories of working there very briefly in a financial institution flashed across my mind. I peddled a little harder glad in the freedom my new little folding bike afforded me.
Not my local bike shop by any means but I am more than happy to travel that little extra for the always friendly welcome and somewhere you can trust.
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