John gave me the lowdown on what happened with the co-ordination of this year's Brompton US Championships - which I won't post in this public forum - but kudos to Minneapolis for stepping up! After a quick test ride I high-tailed it back the 100 miles to Tucson (in a car - sorry) to take care of some urgent unrelated business.
When I finally got home, I took the bike out for a few miles (even though it was threatening to rain) along the Pantano Wash bike path. The brommie felt although solid, it's gonna take me a little time to get used to riding it, particularly shifting. The Brooks leather saddle is hard as a rock (as advertised), but I applied some proofide after the ride and it should break in nicely over the next couple of months.
On to the gratuitous pics!
|Picking up the Brommie at Portapedal|
|Folded view from the other side|
|Another folded view|
|"Parked" view with the rear third folded under|
|Ready to ride!|
|Take it outside!|