So I need to elaborate a bit on the trip to Portapedal Bike... the first day I was there I tried out a Brompton, it had an M-style handlebar. I liked it, quite a bit in fact. But as is customary for me, I slept on it (BTW their brochure is really slick!).
The next day I went back to Portapedal, mostly to check out their bags to see which would be ideal for me. Then I saw this guy! Stunning raw lacquer, a P-style handlebar (meant for touring and allowing for multiple hand positions), 6-gears with -12% gearing (for touring & climbing) Schmidt SON hub dynamo (for dependable lighting), mudguards & rear rack with easy wheels, the works! This was hot! I test rode it and liked it... a lot!
And of course, I slept on it. Ever since the first day at Portapedal this was all I could think about.
A couple of days later I called Donna at Portapedal to see I could reserve it and pick it up that weekend (Portapedal is located in Tempe, which is about a 2 hour drive from Tucson). Lo and behold, Donna tells me that the bike sold that morning! Bummer! Now what?
All I could do was order my own B-spoke Brompton! Which I guess is good, since I could also order a Brooks saddle (B17 special) and save a few bucks over buying it aftermarket. But the wait! Oh the agony!
So I placed the order... Donna says it should be arriving the week of June 11, 2012, then a couple days to assemble it. I also order a C-bag to carry my stuff around and a saddlebag/cover to ninja sneak it into place where it might not be welcome.
So now all there is to do is wait!