Every Saturday around 3:00pm a smile spreads across my face, the birds start chirping, the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and all seems right with the world: the NYC Brompton Bike Tour has arrived at last!!
When I started working at NYCeWheels, a few weeks ago, I was asked to plan and lead a guided tour on the Brompton Folding Bikes. “Jack,” Bert, the owner addressed me with a deep dignified voice, “you have ten shiny yellow Brompton Bikes and the entirety of NYC to explore, go forth and show people a time they will never forget.”
The day before the tour, I checked out a Brompton from the shop, and rode the folding bike in NYC all day, trying to find the best routes. When the day of the first tour finally came, there was one attendee, a nice man named Peter who lived outside the city and was visiting his two children for the week. After showing him how to fold and unfold the Brompton bike, we set off on the tour, heading north on the east river bike path, taking the folding bikes on 6 train from 110 and Lex down to 68th street, and then taking a joy ride around the lower end of Central Park. By the end of the tour, heading back north along the east side of the park with the warmth of the setting sun on our backs, we both had big goofy smiles on our faces.
The second Brompton Bike tour even more incredible!
That first tour was everything I wanted it to be and more, but nothing could prepare me for the excitement of the next tour. When the next Saturday rolled around, not one but seven people showed up for the Brompton in NYC tour!! We set off for the east river, and from the get-go it was just a blast! Looking behind me I saw seven smiling faces on seven yellow Brompton bikes. Laughing and whooping, we sped all over NYC having the time of our lives.
When we took the Brompton‘s the subway people couldn’t believe their eyes!! “What bike is that?!” “Where’d you get that fold-up bike?!!” People were just awestruck that you could take eight bikes on the subway and not even take up that much space. When they learned that we were on a guided tour, a FREE guided tour, their eyes bulged! Of course all of us Brompton riders felt like celebrities!
To end the tour, the eight of us rode all around Central Park, speeding down the hill at the lower west corner, taking pictures at the fountain, introducing the Brompton Bikes to a few monuments. I can honestly say it was one of the most fun and fulfilling experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next week!
So if you ever want to come by on a sunny Saturday afternoon, come check out the Brompton Tour for yourself, and have the time of your life!
Thanks for reading!