With the smattering of snow we’ve had for the past few days I’ve ducked out of cycling as I was looking for an excuse to rest up and recharge anyway. Instead I’ve taken the tram (despite me recently suggesting there are better alternatives) and today I got chatting to a Brompton rider who was heading out of town on the Altrincham line.
There he stood on Moseley St bold as you like with his blatently un-covered (but beautifully compact) M3L waiting for a tram. It’s a fabulous piece of engineering, I tentatively asked if I could lift it up and he obliged. It certainly felt 3kg lighter than my 13kg Raleigh Folder but the bigger difference was the size, meaning that you could comfortably carry it around by its seatpost. He had travelled by car from Ramsbottom to Bury, then tram’d into the city centre before traming out again and was to finish with a 3 mile ride from Brooklands to Wythenshaw.
Whilst chatting to him I realised I had used my folding bike more than I imagined I would have done. If I could find a second hand buyer for it at work next spring I might be able to justify upgrading….