Brompton no 2
About the Brompton No 2
Brompton No 2 folding bike was made in 1981. The Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub is marked 1980, May.
I have been a Brompton dealer since 1988 and the no 2 bike came my way over 30 years ago. I swapped it for another bike. I have the name of the original owner and can provide this to the successful bidder.
This no 2 Brompton clearly shows the development of the concept. It is unique for the way the frame and stem folds. Both of these folds are done using a lever/locking mechanisms. The cable routing is opposite to the norm and the gear cable router is in a different orientation. Several components are clearly handmade.
The head tube is clearly hand painted and whole head tube front frame is acute in angle to the mainframe. It gives the appearance of being broken but it’s the way it was made.
I have stored the bike ina clean dry space and the condition is very good (except the mudguards) In the time I have had it, it’s been ridden no more than a few hundred yards. On my recommendation I changed the tyres for the previous owner.
I believe this is the oldest badged Brompton, that shows the compact size of the bike that’s gone onto set the standard for folding bikes.