If you want to see how Brompton make their bikes now you can because they are opening their factory doors on the 15th October to tie in with the Cycle Show (14th-15th 2005). There are limited places open to anyone who has a ticket for the show on that day and Brompton owners are encouraged to bring their friends.
The last time the factory was opened was eight years ago. Andrew Ritchie, who designed the Brompton, will not be there but you might catch him at the Cycle Show on Sunday, which has now moved to the Excel Exhibition Centre in London. Brompton is one of the last two bike manufacturers in the UK.
"You'll be able to see the making of the bikes from start to finish, meet the people who prepare the frames and see how the design has developed over the years with prototypes of bikes one and two built in 1975," said Edward Donald, marketing manager for Brompton. Following the tour you are invited to join in a bike ride to the Cycle show, arriving in style on your Brompton. At their stand there's the opportunity to test ride the new Superlight range and they'll be a handbuilding demonstration.
Also exhibiting at the show will be Scott, Advanced Carbon Group, Adidas, BH Bikes, Campagnolo, Condor, Decathlon, Evans, Foska, Fuji, Guess, Hed, Koga, Lemond, Nike, Omega, Rapha, Sigma, Specialized, Sugoi, Suunto, Thorn, Tifosi, Time, Trek and Zipp, plus many small specialist builders and designers.
Register for the Brompton factory visit and ride by ringing 020 8232 8484. Tickets for the Cycle Show cost £12 on the door and £10 in advance and kids go for a quid. Visit http://www.cycleshow.co.uk or call 0870 1222 895 to book.
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