Brompton má už 25 rokov

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The theory looked sufficiently promising that Andrew managed to obtain backing from friends to fund the production of prototypes and in due course prototypes 1, 2 and 3 emerged from the cramped confines of Andrew’s bedroom overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London – Brompton Bicycle was born.

From the outset, the prototypes bore a strong similarity to the final design. Prototype 1 had larger 18-inch wheels and the handlebars were very different, folding downwards on either side, but the rear wheel folded under the bike just like every Brompton produced since. By the time a second prototype had appeared, all the Brompton features were in place; it was a complex design but the following year, with Prototype 3 (featuring 16-inch wheels and a simpler, lighter folding mechanism), Andrew reckoned he had cracked the problems.

The alternative, for Andrew to start manufacturing the bikes himself, required money; however, the search for venture capital also failed and, after five years, Brompton Bicycle’s future did not look promising. Again, it was Andrew’s friends who kept the idea afloat: 30 agreed to buy a bicycle in advance, and Andrew undertook to make them.

By late 1988, production had increased to 90 per month, and bikes were being retailed through a network of 40 UK dealers with prices starting at a reasonable £235, still significantly more than the Bickerton which nevertheless began to wilt against the sophisticated new competition. Overseas sales were making an impact too, with small numbers of machines finding their way to Germany, Holland, Austria, France and Belgim.

A wealth of new options was unveiled, requiring new terminology across the range. The classic handlebar design was given a name (the M Type) to distinguish it from two new handlebar options – a low, straight bar (S Type) and a square design offering high and low riding positions (P Type). The old ‘L’ (lightweight) and ‘T’ (touring) labels would henceforth appear at the end of the model name, and the ‘T’ was replaced by the letter ‘R’ (rear rack); hence, old models like the T6 became an M6R and the L3 became an M3L.