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David Henshaw
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Product Description

Product Description

The Brompton folding bike is:
• An incredibly compact, quick to fold bike
• A superb commuting machine, allowing use with train, bus and many more transport modes
• Your ticket to easily exploring your neighbourhood, region, country - or the world.

Brompton Bicycle tells the fascinating story behind one of the world's most unusual and popular folding bikes. It details how you can modify and convert your Brompton for such uses as child carrying and tackling hilly country as well as acting as a unique maintenance and repair manual, full of tips you won't find in any standard bike repairbook.In short, everything you need to enjoy this incredible bike to the full.

About the Author

David Henshaw has edited and published A to B magazine, specialising in folding and electric bikes, since 1997 and helped Brompton establish its dealer network in the 1990s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 69492 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Excellent Books; 2 edition (9 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Henshaw was born in the New Forest in 1959, brought up in Weymouth, Dorset, and educated at Weymouth Grammar School. He went on to under-perform at a number of jobs, from miniature railway operator to London van courier, before becoming a transport author.
Since 1986 he has authored and co-authored several transport books, including Apex: the Inside Story of the Hillman Imp (1986), The Great Railway Conspiracy (1991, 1993, 2013), Brompton Bicycle (2009), Electric Bicycles (2010) and Rootes Commercials (2012). He started 'The Folder' magazine in 1993, later relaunching it as the more radical 'A to B' in 1997. In 2006 David started a second magazine 'Miniature Railway'.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but uncritical look at the Brompton 25 April 2010
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The author is also the editor of "A to B" magazine, a place where Brompton can seemingly do no wrong, and it's the same here. At times it veers into sycophantic. Don't get me wrong; we have two Bromptons here and I love them dearly, but they are by no means perfect, and it's a shame some of the weaker aspects of the engineering and construction aren't addressed.

The production quality is a bit limited; it's an A5 book with an "inkjet printer" feel about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The book is really good. I was interested in purchasing a Brompton anyway and got this book to find out more about them. The book is excellent and really hardened my opinion that the Brompton was the way to go rather than other folding bikes.

The book was smaller in size than I expected but the content is great and much more than I could find online about Brompton.

I would really recommend it to anybody interested in Brompton bicycles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near-essential reading for Brompton owners 12 Aug 2010
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A decently well put together book on the evolution of Brompton Bicycles including a short but useful section on Maintenance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love my Brompton 5 Jan 2013
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As a Brompton owner I wanted to learn more about the history of the bike's development. This book tells you all you want to know and it compares it with other small wheeled bikes. It has lots of photos and diagrams that explain all the workings. The gearing charts and the list of frame numbers with dates is very useful. A very handy book and well recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good because of the quirks 24 Dec 2012
I got this as a 'secret santa' present in my office, somebody having noticed that I bring my Brompton into the office most days. I would not have bought it myself but started reading it on the train on the way home and got sucked into the history of the early days. My first Brompton, sadly stolen, was bought from Drake's bicycles in Cambridge (now defunct) which was one of the bike's earliest dealers and had opening hours almost as quirky as Brompton's early marketing philosophy.
Anyway, this very readable book helps the reader to understand a little about how challenging the company's early days were and serves to emphasise Brompton's determination to produce bikes of real quality, durability and upgradeability. It also has a section on maintenance which has some helpful tips, plus an insight into some of the variations and adaptations that users have applied to the basic design.
Like some other reviewers, I found this to be a gentle and uncritical review of Brompton as a product, but it is good at what it does and directs readers to look at online forums for the more technical elements of Brompton as a product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all Brompton owners 13 Jan 2011
Marvellous book. Covers everything you've ever thought of to do with your Brompton (from their invention and development to maintenance) and a lot more besides, -including an in depth look at competitive folding bikes. The photo illustrations are excellent and comprehensive. Worthwhile, nay, essential reading for all Brompton owners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Brompton Fans 3 Jun 2014
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If you are a Brompton fan, then this book is worth the read, to understand the history in the context of the cycle industry, and as a good guide to maintaining, upgrading and repairing your Brompton.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, and a good maintenance section 5 May 2010
I bought the book mainly for the section on maintenance, which I have found very helpful, but the book also deals with the history of the company and the evolution of the Brompton fold, which turn out to be surprisingly interesting subjects.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book on Bromptons
If you want to know about Bromptons Henshaw has done his research. Well written and readable.
Published 7 days ago by John Flood
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice read full of interesting facts some of them perhaps ...
A nice read full of interesting facts some of them perhaps slightly irrelevant. Some photos in colour. Something for the Brompton owner.
Published 1 month ago by Geoff, Darwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for enthusiasts of any style of cycling.
A useful and interesting read for established, new or prospective Brompton owners or anyone interested in the art and science of cycling.
Published 3 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the Brompton interesting
Excellent book on the Brompton interesting, informative & a good read in it's own right. If you are thinking of purchasing a Brompton or already have 1 then this book is for you.
Published 4 months ago by Scuds
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting account of development of the Brompton
A very interesting history of the invention and development of this most iconic of folding bikes, if you like Brompton's I'm sure you will enjoy reading this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bromptons will save the world. interesting book.good information...
although the invention of the Brompton is very interesting.And if you are thinking of buying one.This is a good book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brompton
Interesting, informative book about the world's greatest fold away bike. If you have a Brompton bike well worth a read.
Published 7 months ago by Mark Broders
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide for the best folding bicycle
Knowledgable guide with good information, interesting read allowing an insight to the history and progress of this remarkable cycle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book.
Very concise history of the Brompton bicycle with some good tips on maintenance. Would be a good gift for a new owner.
Published 8 months ago by Photony
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st edition of Brompton
Great intro to Bromptons and other folders.My only query is what mark is my 1996 Brompton?It doesn'nt appear to be listed in the various 'marks'defined by years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by paul hartley
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