Barbour and Brompton. Back together again
Five years ago, Brompton and Barbour first locked eyes over a main frame and a tartan print. A special edition bike, bag run and clothing line - in limited numbers - was rolled out and snapped up - fast. No surprise really. If there is a limited edition collaboration that makes sense, it would be these two - two bastions of Britishness.
In 2022, Barbour and Brompton are back with "a collaboration celebrating British style and the joy of the journey." A special edition bike, a trio of bags, a brace of jackets and three casual T-shirts form the collection.
Like other recent limited edition runs (the Team GB one springs to mind) a bike is the centrepiece. This bike is a C Line Explore - the classic folding Brompton with six gears to tackle the terrain in town and country. Our rundown of Brompton bike nomenclature gives a more detailed explanation of the bike's specifications.
Barbour's countryside roots run deep, so Brompton has spec'd the bike for adventure. Whether that's a rainy dally down a minor road to the village shop or a sweltering commute across town to the studio.
Features of note include an all-weather Brooks Cambium C17 saddle. Schwalbe Almotion tyres match the colour of the frame and perform on a variety of surfaces. A pair of Barbour x Brompton bags, the Wax Holdall (large) and Zip Pouch (small) are included with every bike.
What else? Well, there's the 'Amble Sands' frame colour. A powder coat unique to the bike with a hue chosen to echo the Northumberland Beach near Barbour's home in the North East of England. Brake levers, clips and a custom-made Lezyne pump shine in silver and a polished brass bell, designed for the Brompton handlebar, rings with a crisp, joyful tone. Special serial plates and decals also adorn the bike.
Barbour x Brompton Bags
The front carrier block is another demonstration of Brompton's engineering prowess. A fixed mounting point for bags keeps gear in sight on a part of the bike that tends to be underutilised. Two bags in the Barbour x Brompton collection fit on the front carrier block - the Wax Holdall and the City Bag.
The Barbour x Brompton Wax Holdall exudes Britishness. It is made by Barbour using its iconic waxed cotton fabric that keeps out the rain. The large 24L capacity offers enough room for a weekend getaway. Because the fabric is natural, it will age gracefully over time. Every Barbour x Brompton bike is sold with a Wax Holdall. It's also available to purchase separately.
Using the same waxed fabric, the smaller (it's half the capacity of the Wax Holdall) Barbour x Brompton City Bag is for daily duties. A padded laptop section, shoulder strap and grab handle are all features that you'll put to good use during a working day. The City bag is available individually.
The third and final bag is a limited edition version of Brompton's 1-litre Zip pouch. It features the iconic Barbour tartan. A favourite of ours, the bag can be mounted to the handlebar, the saddle or with the accompanying strap, it can be quickly slung over a shoulder. The Barbour x Brompton Zip Pouch accompanies every special edition bike. It is also available to be purchased separately.
The Barbour x Brompton collection is for sale in limited numbers. Indeed, by the time you read this, it may have already sold out! Our entire Brompton catalog is a click away, or you can find Brompton bikes in every Velorution store.