Riding around the island I got into a chat with a girl about my bike and why the hell would I want a folding bike over a full size touring bike for cycling let alone for touring. I didn’t really know how to answer other than this is the bike I have but also why wouldn’t I want to tour on a Brompton. When I purchased Brompty it had nothing to do with touring, I just wanted a nice bike that was fun to ride.
Years of watching my beautiful bikes rusting In the rain tied to the side of the boat was more than I can take. I’ve gone though an average of a bike a year every year since giving up my car for a better life and cleaner earth, that was at least 7 years ago so I would count seven bikes.
Americans have a funny way about them, Be-it sailing or backpacking or cycle touring or just going on vacation they just have to match thier home life of excess to make themselfs think they are happy. If I wanted to match my home life I would just stay home. For what ever reason I do the things I do it’s because I want to learn about myself and have fun in the process. Touring on a 35lb road bike with 45 lbs of gear sucks ass, I tried it and quit on the fist day. I resized down to a small load and switched out my heavy hitter and had the best tour of my life although I stayed in hotels many of the nights I was also pulling hundred milers on my fixed gear in really challanging terrain.
Im done with all that shit now and want an upright riding position so I can see the scenery. A bike that is light and agile and fun as hell to ride and a minimalist load making my days in the saddle fun. I find it hilarious when people say they want to be comefortabke so they bring tons of heavy shit. Your whole day is spent in the saddle so that’s where you want to be comefortabke. I’ve had days that I was so tired i literally fell over hard asleep with a beer in my hand after a grueling ride. The Brompty promotes light simple fun riding and is super easy to maintain. My total load capacity is 43 liters which is a lot plus my tent on the back rack and hopefully a little camp pad strapped to my pika. By the end of the trip I hope to be able to find a way to fit the tent in the T-bag and even loose the pika but that’s pretty ambitious.
Having a good small bike and good small luggage is key, you can’t take it if it won’t fit. I’m not one of those ultrlight techno geeks, my motto is that less is more so while I keep an eye on my weight I also pretty much just leave most of the just in case items at home. I live in the United States and can get just about anything I need in less than 24 hours but honestly when you live an ultrlight lifestyle you learn pretty quickly how little you need. I’ve long given up on trying to cinvince people I don’t need things, now I just graciously decline everytime somebody tries to give me thier ten man tent for my cycle tour or a sleeping bag that weighs more than my bike. Why did I choose a Brompton? I didn’t Brompty chose me…
You can’t fit a ten pound parcel into my two pound sack.