If it’s Brompton’s heritage you’re interested in then this Bickerton makes an excellent budget alternative because Harry Bickerton’s original design predates the first Brompton by four years.
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This modern Bickerton doesn’t fold as neatly as a Brompton, and I missed the six-gear Brompton’s higher gear, but that bike costs over £1,000.
The Junction is a comfortable and stylish ride for city streets. If anything, I think the unusual rear triangle design (there isn’t a triangle!) gives it an edge in both.
As mentioned above, the only downside is the low highest gear. Experienced cyclists will spin out on the slightest of inclines.
The Bickerton doesn’t fold away as neatly as some of its rivals and you’ll have to reset the bar height every ride because it needs to be fully extended to fold.
This bike will suit those commuters with a sense of history. It’ll fit easily into the boot of your car for multi-modal journeys, but its folded size might get you a few dark looks on a very crowded train.
Bickerton Junction 1307 Country specifications
- Sizes: One size
- Folded Size: 40 x 80 x 72cm / 15.8in x 31.5in x 28.2in
- Weight: 13kg
- Frame: Aluminium, FBL joint
- Fork: Steel
- Shifter: Shimano Twist shifter
- Derailleurs: Shimano Tourney
- Cassette: Shimano 14-28
- Brakes: Aluminium V-brakes
- Wheels: 20-inch aluminium with steel spokes
- Tyres: Kenda
- Saddle: Ergo
- Grips: Ergo
- Pedals: Folding
- Extras: Bell, kickstand, mudguards, rack