How cool is that folding bike?

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Yellow Fang, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Coming out of Oxford railway station this afternoon, carrying my folded up Brompton, I heard a teenage girl say to her friends, "How cool is that bike?" I'm pretty sure it was a rhetorical question; she wasn't really asking their opinion. How about that then? Teenage girls think Bromptons are cool :tongue:
     
  2. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    Sarcasm perhaps? :tongue:
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    No hint of sarcasm in the voice, just admiration :thumbsup:
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    packing the van after a long and tiring tryout roadshow, at the end of a very long and tiring week on tour, I was just undoing the frame clamp on a Pashley Micro (standard fold in half type folder) when a kid on a BSO stopped and said "That's a crap bike".

    "Oh", said I, "well, yours isn't up to much, but I'm too polite to say so", and I folded the Pashley.

    "ohhh", he said, "that's one of them cool bikes!"

    "So why did you say it was crap?"

    "I didn't!"

    "Yes you did". Whereupon I walk away, and he's left, mouth open, trying to compute whether to be impressed or not.:smile:
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    I used to like the Pashley Micro. It was a nice looking bike. Originally it was made by someone else though IIRC.
     
  6. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Mine don't...
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Yes, it was the Cresswell Fold-it. (I remembered the Fold-It bit, had to look up Cresswell)

    I was riding one in York once, and a small child tugged his father's hand and said, very loudly "look at that man on his tiny bike!" The father looked a bit embarrassed.

    I'm a woman....
     
  8. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

    Location:
    Manchester way
    its the younger ones that tend to make nicer comments about my Birdy.
     
  9. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Location:
    Deepest Dorset
    they dont do much for me either
     
  10. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    My Brompton is referred to as "that clown bike".

    Sadly not everyone recognises it as the multimodal stroke of genius that it is.
     
  11. I was just folding my Brommie outside the shops today when a Chav rode past (with his mate) on a Halfords Special shouting 'cor, I want one ov dose' and then laughing.....I shouted back 'I wouldn't want one of those'. He looked a bit miffed, dunno why.......
     
  12. CharlieB

    CharlieB Junior Walker and the Allstars

    Location:
    Redkiteland
    My Brompton's had the cool comment from teenagers (particularly my 15yo female neighbour) loads of times. It's always surprised me that the youngsters would find something a lot of +40yo's ride cool.
     
  13. Jugular

    Jugular Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    I've had a few comments of admiration. Certianly "that's one of those wicked bikes" but I've had just open laughter and pointing a few times too. I've seen a couple of Brompton's about in Manchester but it's still an unusual sight apparently.
     
  14. kit-small-wheels

    kit-small-wheels New Member

    Location:
    Forest of Dean
    My recently purchased APB Land-Rover is referred to as 'The Meccano Bike' by my wife and her friends!

    I'm not sure if that's demeaning or appreciative, but I don't care that much. It certainly stops people walking by when it's parked up, and I've had numerous conversations about it as a result.
     
  15. buddha

    buddha Veteran

    I had a teenage girl say my rack was cool, outside Sainsburys.:laugh:
    Though I think she meant how the Topeak panniers slide and click/lock in place:sad:
     
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