Andrew Ritchie starts designing a folding bike in his flat overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London
The first designs
The first Brompton bikes are fairly crude but fold neatly and conveniently into a tiny package. It is a remarkable step forward in folding bike design.
Low volume, ad-hoc production begins.
The first factory
Full time production commences in units set in railway arches in Brentford, West London.
Brompton is awarded with the coveted Best Product Award at the Cyclex event held at Olympia, London.
Brompton receives Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
A Brompton is ridden at the South Pole.
And they're off
The first Brompton World Championship race is held in Barcelona.
The first Brompton Junction store opens in Kobe, Japan. First Brompton Bike Hire station opens in Guildford.
Brompton Junction Covent Garden, London opens,the sixth worldwide.
Will Butler Adams (Managing Director) awarded OBE. Our 10th store opened in Tokyo. New special edition Black Brompton goes on sale.