Foldable bike shopping with a Brompton bicycle! What represents true foldable bike shopping? Is it a bike that has to be locked up everywhere you go? The answer is NO! Is it a bike that has to be carried whenever you bring it inside? Again, the answer is NO!
Here’s what real foldable bike shopping is all about
Yesterday I had to go to Walmart, less than a mile away to pick up a few items. Walmart has racks outside the store to lock your bicycle to, but here’s the problem. There’s been a lot of bicycle theft in the area.
Many shoppers have come out of the store, only to discover their bicycle missing. Or find that the wheels and seat has been removed.
I’m not a huge fan of having my bicycle stolen or stripped down to nothing while shopping.
Now, as all of you already know, I own two folding bikes. I own a Tern Link D8 and a 2-speed Brompton folding bike.
Many people will argue online over which one is better, but I find that disrespectful to both brands. AND HERE’S WHY!
When I bought the Brompton bike I was looking for the smallest folding bicycle that still rode well. I needed a bicycle that was easy to store at home. Could be folded up safely at work. And could be carried onto a bus or put into the trunk of a car. At the time I was only riding 5-mile round trips daily. So, I didn’t need a larger bike with tons of gears for lots of speed.
Fast forwarding to about a year ago, and things had changed dramatically.
I got a Tern Link D8 with eight gears because I had longer commutes. I needed an aluminum bicycle that could handle all weather conditions. Had to have more gears for hills and wind. And had to have bigger wheels to handle rough surfaces and bumps. I no longer needed a bicycle with the smallest fold. What I needed was a bicycle that folded to a decent size so that I could still bring it inside when I arrived at my destination.
As you can see, both folding bicycle are meant for different purposes.
Yesterday, I brought the Brompton folding bike and had a blast while using it for shopping.
Ten minutes later, I had the groceries all unpacked with the Brompton all folded and tucked away until the next trip.