With the increasing cost of fuel, congestion charges and endless traffic lights, when living in London it makes more sense than ever to ditch the car in favour of cycling.

When Ryan Owens (Track Sprinter with Team GB & Tokyo 2020 Olympic Silver Medallist) got in touch to enquire about arranging a pair of Brompton’s for himself and his partner Sinead in preparation for their move down to the city we were more than happy to help!  

It seems only right that a professional cyclist should be able to experience our great capital by bike!

Ryan and Sinead made their way down to our Fulham store to collect their bikes and got a crash course in how to fold/unfold a Brompton! Check it out below.

Brompton C-Line Electric

The Brompton C Line Electric made perfect sense for both Ryan and Sinead. A heavy week of training for Ryan can find his pedalling legs spent by weekend, and for Sinead who isn’t a regular cyclist the extra assistance means she’ll be able to get from A to B with ease!

To finish of their set up, accessories wise we supplied a Brompton City Bag and a Brompton Quad Lock Mount with Universal Adaptor each.

On ditching his car, Ryan said:

“As soon as I moved down to London I knew I wanted to ditch my car because it’s one of the most accessible cities in the world, but equally with the summer we’ve had you wouldn’t want to spend it all on the underground/public transport. I’m a cyclist, I love going out on my bike so the opportunity to get out there and commute by bike is something I always pictured doing when I got down to London.

Robin gives Ryan and Sinead the lowdown on how to fold/unfold a Brompton

And on the Brompton, and working with us:

“I’m delighted to be teaming up with Balfe’s Bikes going forward. They’re a top bike shop with an excellent range and great staff so I couldn’t think of a better place to get set up for London cycle commuting.

I love a great British design, so when it came to choosing a bike for commuting, I knew from the start I wanted to go with a Brompton. The Electric models just add another dimension to their already iconic design. They’re the perfect bike for my commute to business school, allowing me to arrive at lectures fresh and bring them inside for security.”

Folding lessons complete, Ryan & Sinead are ready to hit the road!

Since collection, Ryan and Sinead have already clocked up some good miles on their Brompton’s!

We’re absolutely buzzing to have partnered with Ryan – it was great to see that no matter what level of cycling you reach, we all still have that same love for anything two-wheeled and Ryan’s enthusiasm for the sport as a whole shines through!

We can’t wait to see what he gets up to throughout the year – give him a follow over on Instagram for more: @ryanowens1995

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