“Hey, your that crazy guy on a bike”, I see you everywhere and I’ve only been here three days”. Brompty was folded in my shopping cart, I was getting snacks for a nice island ride and a little more knee repair. She insisted on buying me coffee as she eyed Brompty, gently touching the frame, running her fingers along the tube and admiring the fold, she was giddy like a child on Christmas Day. We switched bikes for the short ride to the coffee shop and I was jealous the whole way, her carbon fiber racer felt dead and awkward, boring…
She was an explosion of questions mostly related to rumors about how the Brompton rides, I taught her how to fold and unfold it and let her ride it around the block. I offered for her to join me on my island tour but added she would have to ride her own bike and follow my ganky pace.
We crawled up the hills, flew down them and kept a brisk pace on the flats, always monitoring my knee and it’s doing fine. We covered the whole island at a reasonable clip laughing the whole time, playing cat and mouse through the cloudy green mire of my tiny island. At the end of the ride I knew she was smitten, we stopped at the park with one more hot coffee and much more conversation.
I had to be at work by 4 and while I was excusing myself she looked me in the eye, “tell me the one thing you love most about your Brompton and convince me to buy one”. I smiled back, “I don’t care if you buy one or not, that’s up to you”. I rode away smiling knowing that she would order one before the end of the day.
For all the things I love about my bike and there are many, it’s my opinion that Bromoton is the most ethical bicycle builder on the planet. Their mission statement isn’t a gimik or a product, it’s to make the world a better place through cycling and fun and that’s what I love so much about my bike, it’s fun, it always makes people smile but more importantly it makes me smile. My morning rides are cool and brisk, here on Lopez we have the two finger salute that we wave to every passing person, car, bike or pedestrian. I don’t know every person on this island but I can assure you they know me with my signature smile, wrapped up in my super warm red jumper and bright orange bike. Everywhere I go people come up to me and say hi.
My barometer is leaning towards a spring bike tour and again one in the fall, the only question is where will I go this time.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi