In March, I travelled to a conference in Copenhagen. To make the most of my trip, I also visited a research group at Chalmers University, where we had a seminar together, to catch up on each other's research. I travelled by train - a multi-leg journey from Manchester to London; from London to Brussels; from Brussels to Cologne; from Cologne to Hamburg; from Hamburg to Copenhagen (with the whole train loaded onto a ferry for part of the trip); and, finally, from Copenhagen to Gothenburg; and back.
I took my Brompton bike with me. It was easy to take along wherever I went - and it was incredibly useful. I had good hour to spare when changing trains in Cologne. So I rode through the sunny city, catching lots of fresh air and loosening up my limbs from sitting on a train for so long. I rode around Hamburg where I spent a few days on either side of the conference. The Brompton took me from Gothenburg railway station to the hotel I stayed at; and from the hotel to Chalmers University. That's a free, flexible, healthy way of getting around - and you don't have to look up any connections or timetables. Similarly in Copenhagen. A splendid city and I would have loved to spend more time there and get to know it better. But cycling around the city's cycling super highways, at least I got to see some of the city and I'm proud to say that I was not overtaken once (the cycling lanes are so broad that there are effectively two cycling lanes and people overtake on the left).
Everywhere, in the UK and abroad, a lot of people started talking to me about the bike, asking what it's like, saying they think it's cool, or just giving me the thumbs up (when I folded it up outside the window of a cafe in Gothenburg, an elderly couple inside clapped their hands afterwards and laughed).
So it's been very useful and I would recommend it to others.
I just want to say thanks for providing a high quality, well maintained bicycle for me to easily rent during my trip to London. I ride a Brompton in my home city (New York) every day, so I was thrilled at the idea of renting a Brompton for the week while staying for 1 week on business in central London.
Sign-up was very easy and affordable, as was the 5GBP/day rate. Because I had a folding bike with me, I was able to explore central London before and after work nearly every day. On the last day of my trip, I rode from the London Bridge area to Ealing to return the bicycle, then continued to Heathrow for departure.
What an awesome system! Today will be my last hire for a while as I have been so impressed with the bikes and used them such a lot I have bought my own, which arrives today! But I will recommend Brompton Bike Hire to everyone I speak to and probably still hire the odd one when I need a second bike for various reasons. I've sold my car and now commute by train/bike between Buxton and Sale every day. Takes me slightly longer but I get an hour's work done on the train then half an hour's exercise on the bike. It really wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the Brompton has been a life changing experience for me! Thank you so much!