“The mother of all folding bikes”– Telegraph - 2017
A bike born in the city
The unique Brompton folding bike was designed and built in London in 1975 by Andrew Ritchie in his flat in South Kensington opposite the Brompton Oratory. Still made in London today, Brompton is making over 45,000 bikes per year and is the UK’s largest bike manufacturer. Read more about our history
Changing the way people live in cities
The Brompton was conceived as a product that increases people’s sense of independence and increases peoples sense of freedom, and this concept is still at the heart of everything we do. When people think about getting around in the city better, we want them to think of Brompton.
Made in London
Each bike is hand brazed by skilled craftsman at our London factory. This makes every bike incredibly tough and unique. Each brazer is trained by Brompton for 18 months and has a ‘signature’ which they stamp on the parts of the bike that they work on. London is a city of icons and a Brompton bike is one of them. Its unique profile sets it apart from other bikes. A Brompton is as London as a double decker bus, the London Underground Big Ben and The LondonEye – all innovative, excellent and enduring.
Research and Development
80% of the componentry on our bikes is designed and made for Brompton, the work that goes into designing, researching and developing our products is clearly critical. Technical advances are being made all the time in bike manufacture and some are both genuinely innovative and useful. However, we have never used off-the-shelf products just for the sake of simplicity, preferring always to implement the best solution to any design or engineering challenge; more often than not, this has meant going down the more complex road of developing a unique solution in-house.