So far, the Brompton has been working out quite well as a portable commuter bike, and the Arizona weather, in the 50′s and 60′s, has been rather perfect for bike commuting. I typically set off from the hotel before sunrise, as I need to be in early enough to coordinate with folks in the Eastern time zone. Yes, it does seem counter-intutive to fly west every week to work with a team situated in the east coast.
The ride is an extremely flat three-mile stretch of highway, spotted with cacti and car dealerships. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I ride on the sidewalk, which, in this unusual instance, is perfect for bike commuting–it is as wide as a multi-use path. The path is usually empty, but if there is another person to be found, they too, more often than not, are on a bicycle.
The scariest part has been this particular intersection. You can now see why I opt for the sidewalk.
The time flies by, and I soon find myself at the office. I roll the bicycle inside…
… park it to remove the T-bag…
…fold it up, and store it under my desk. I have noticed that it is actually faster to fold the Brompton than it is to lock Belle. I also appreciate the freedom of mobility that this new bicycle has afforded me at my client location. It sure beats riding to work in one of these!
As far as the name goes, I think I will name her Clarice.