I have thoroughly enjoyed my client-site bike commute on my new Brompton folding bicycle–truly, a refreshing start and end to an otherwise stressful day. As promised in my last post, I wanted to talk a little bit about my experience at Portapedal Bike in Tempe, Arizona.
Right as I walked in, I felt like a kid stepping into a candy store. Not only do they stock Brompton’s in a variety of colors and specifications, which appealed to my need for instant gratification, but they also stock other portable and folding brands, such as (Alex) Moulton.
I believe that these particular stainless steel models MSRP for over $14,000!
I cautiously walked around the shiny Moultons to find additional brands, such as Bike Friday (even in the tandem variety!)
I was also surprised to see Tern, a relatively new player in the folding bicycles scene, whose founders were once employed by Dahon. It is a controversial story–you should Google it when you have the chance. I like how the middle/top tube on the Tern seamlessly flows into the seat-stays. Beautifully executed.
Although there were several brands to choose from, I was dead-set on a Brompton due to the compact and elegant fold that made it airline travel friendly.
Speaking of travel, Portapedal Bike even stocked the luggage case that allows you to safely check the Brompton in as a “normal sized suitcase.” This solution essentially saves you $175+ each way in the cost of checking a full-sized bicycle, and gives you the peace of mind that your bicycle will not get dinged by the bag handlers. *Lust* I did not buy this item, but I could really use one.
Of course, they carried most of the Brompton brand bags, as well as the Carradice-for-Brompton bag (not pictured). I picked up the Brompton T-bag, which is their touring variety, as it is the most capacious of the options.
Additional accessories included tiny tires and a whole slew of Brooks items (saddles, handlebar bags, baskets, panniers, oh my!)
Lastly, I wanted to show this interesting gizmo that they carried: the RideKick. This dual purpose trailer both carries things and propels you forward with electric assist capability.
From my online research, I had some level of familiarity with most of the bicycles and accessories that they carried, but much of it, I had never encountered in person. It was a treat to finally be in the presence of such fine workmanship. Overall, I was very impressed by the high-end selection of portable bicycles and accessories.
For anyone in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area interested in not only folding and portable bicycles, but also high-end bicycle accessories, I would recommend stopping by Portapedal Bike!
Disclaimer: Portapedal Bike does not endorse this blog, and at the time of my visit/purchase, they did not know that I had a blog about bicycles. I have not received ‘kickbacks’ for writing this or any other previous post mentioning Portapedal Bike.