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Brompton History

The Brompton was designed in 1975 and we have had an exciting journey since then. Take a look at some of the key moments in our company history.

1975

Inspiration

Andrew Ritchie starts designing a folding bike in his flat overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London

1977
andrews ritchie

The first designs

The first Brompton bikes are fairly crude but fold neatly and conveniently into a tiny package. It is a remarkable step forward in folding bike design.

1981
erste Brompton

Production begins

Low volume, ad-hoc production begins.

1987

Recognition

Brompton is awarded with the coveted Best Product Award at the Cyclex event held at Olympia, London.

1988
Brompton erste Manufaktur

The first factory

Full time production commences in units set in railway arches in Brentford, West London.

1995
K├Ânigliche Auszeichnung

Royal Recognition

Brompton receives Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

2003

Long distance

A Brompton is ridden at the South Pole.

2006

And they're off

The first Brompton World Championship race is held in Barcelona.

2011

Going global

The first Brompton Junction store opens in Kobe, Japan. First Brompton Bike Hire station opens in Guildford.

2013

London Calling

Brompton Junction Covent Garden, London opens,the sixth worldwide.

Today
Furutre brompton

Changing gears

Will Butler Adams (Managing Director) awarded OBE. Our 10th store opened in Tokyo. New special edition Black Brompton goes on sale.