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by bromptoning

Who are you?

We’re two Canadians who love to cycle and travel, and in 2012 we decided to roll those passions into one by getting Bromptons! Now that we have bikes we can fold up and bring anywhere, we’re exploring the world on two wheels and sharing our adventures here.

What’s on the site?

Our experiences traveling with Bromptons, whether that’s cycling cross-country (like in Cuba) or multimodal travel from city-to-city with bikes, trains, ferries and planes (like in The Netherlands).

Traveling Adventures – This is where we post about the places we’ve traveled on our Bromptons. The category is divided into subcategories based on country. We always try to include details about our route, helpful tips, and lots of photos.

Local Adventures – We don’t just ride our Bromptons when we leave home, we ride them all around Toronto too! So this is where we post about local events, like the Brompton Urban Challenge Toronto, and review city cycling routes, such as the PanAm Path, Waterfront Trail and Finch Hydro Corridor.

Bike Stuff – This is a catch-all category for posts about Brompton bike specs, cycling gear and components.

What’s next?

In 2020, before the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we bused and biked our way around The Big Island of Hawai’i! We’re so grateful to have had that trip before the world went on lockdown. Because of the pandemic, we’re keeping our bike travels local for the foreseeable future. We did a ride from Rouge Park back to downtown Toronto, and are planning a bike trip on the eastern section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, from Belleville to Brockville.

To keep up with our adventures, you can follow us on social media or subscribe by entering your email at the bottom of this page.

27 comments

Rob May 22, 2022 - 1:16 am

Love your blog. We had previously toured on Dahons but realized we only used 6 out of 21 speeds…That and the disassembly/reassembly for travel made it a real pain. Bromptons are ideal for multimodel travel.

If you’re ever in Ottawa, drop us a line. Ottawabromptonclub.com@gmail.com

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bromptoning May 24, 2022 - 8:41 am

Amazing! We cycled in Ottawa a few years ago – so many beautiful paths along the canals. We’ll let you know when we’re coming back!

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Jacques Des Becquets January 30, 2022 - 9:14 pm

Allô gang! I’m writing from Eastern Ontario (L’Orignal, next to Hawkesbury, halfway between Ottawa and Montréal). I bit the bullet yesterday and purchased an ML6 which I asked right away to be converted to the M6R as I wanted a bike rack.. I have been waiting for the right moment to go for a Brompton for a good 15 years. My question: do you hear from an Ottawa or a Montréal contingent at all? I’d love to get in contact with like-minded riders in my neck of the woods. Ride on (in the summer, of course) and have fun! Jacques

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bromptoning February 5, 2022 - 2:30 pm

Hello! Congrats on your new Brompton! We know someone (Aurelie) with a Brompton in Montreal and she’s started a group on Facebook simply called “Brompton Montréal” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/537331314794897) if you want to get in touch. I’m sure there are Bromptoneers in Ottawa as well, but we don’t know any personally. However, perhaps inquire of #ottbike on Twitter. They may know!

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Rob May 22, 2022 - 1:05 am

Hello, there is a Brompton club in Ottawa. Just search Ottawa Brompton Club in FB and you’ll find us. All small wheels welcome.

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Philip January 8, 2022 - 9:44 pm

Just subscribed to your site after watching your cycling group outing from DT to Ajax last fall. Hopefully I can find time to join your rides when weather is getting warmer and the pandemic situation gets tame after the winter months. Cheers.

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bromptoning January 9, 2022 - 10:54 am

Welcome! Happy to have you join us. 🙂

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Lori Armstrong January 2, 2022 - 12:37 am

Hi! I was happy to stumble onto your blog while prepping for Hawaii. I’m excited to check out some of your routes! Thanks for doing the research !
You referenced a thorough sounding guide book a few times – can you tell me which one? Thanks!

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bromptoning January 2, 2022 - 8:59 am

Sure! The guide book I referenced is “Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed” by Andrew Doughty. Have fun on your trip!

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Leo McCuaig December 12, 2021 - 3:49 pm

I am on the verge of adding a Brompton to my collection, as my panniered touring bike is great for groceries, but most stores will not let me in with the bike. I have a travel question. I read that the Brompton fits in the overhead compartment in an airplane, but do the airlines actually let it in as carryon? Thanks.

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bromptoning December 12, 2021 - 6:21 pm

We have never risked trying to bring the Bromptons on a plane as carry on, though we’ve heard other people have pulled this off. However, airlines seem to be getting stricter and stricter about size and weight, and though the Brompton may fit, it’s not an easy fit depending on the way the overhead compartments open. But if you want a bike you can bring inside stores, the Brompton is it!

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Bill Ferguson March 12, 2021 - 2:05 am

I have a question, what type of Brompton’s do you have?

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bromptoning March 12, 2021 - 9:03 am

Hi there! Our Bromptons are S6R’s. S = straight handle bars, 6 = gears, R = rear rack. For more info on our bikes and why we chose the specs we did, check out this post: https://bromptoning.com/bike-specs/our-bromptons-7-years-later/

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susan mocarski August 27, 2020 - 2:36 pm

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bromptoning August 27, 2020 - 3:20 pm

Oooo! A belt loop! Yes, please. 🙂 I will send you an email right now. — Heather

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J. March 21, 2020 - 4:52 pm

Hi folks!
Am enjoying the recounting of your travels, and especially the videos. Can you provide a bit more information about the gear you’re using, and how. For instance, are you simply hand-holding your iPhone as you ride? I’ve considered using a Bike Citizen’s Finn device (https://getfinn.com/) to attach my phone, but I’m concerned there isn’t enough space on the Brompton M-bar.
Thanks for your consideration!

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bromptoning March 23, 2020 - 10:06 am

Hey J.

We use a GoPro 7 for all the video shooting. It’s generally mounted on a Lammcou Mini Gorilla Pod Tripod (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B073N9687P) and stored in a bag on my handlebars. For handlebar mounting I just wrapped the Gorilla Pod Tripod around my handlebars – this works great on city streets but is too shaky on rough roads. I shoot with 4k 60fps. Heather uses her iPhone 7 for all the photographs – she just keeps it in her sling bag. We have a Bose SoundLink Micro bluetooth speaker on the handlebars that gives us directions and plays our music as we ride.

Pier

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muskoka jewelry October 8, 2019 - 8:39 am

Love your blog!! Tried to sign up for your newsletter but there seems to be a broken link in the confirmation email. Happy trails!!!!!!

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bromptoning October 8, 2019 - 9:43 pm

So glad you love our blog! And thanks for letting us know about the broken link. We’ll look into that this weekend!

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Kimmy August 21, 2018 - 10:06 pm

Awesome! Although I don’t enjoy much adventure, I’ve found your pages so interesting! How about Seoul as your next travel ? Fall would be a perfect season!

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bromptoning September 9, 2018 - 3:09 pm

Hi Kimmy! We’d love to travel to Seoul one day, but it’s an expensive plane trip so we need to save up. Hopefully in the next few years we’ll have enough money for a trip to Asia. 🙂

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Marion February 9, 2018 - 8:45 pm

Thank you so much to share this page – very interesting to read about your cycling in the Netherlands seen from your point of (Toronto) view. I enjoy following you.
Have a good trip
Marion

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bromptoning March 2, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Thanks so much, Marion!

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Newton Dixon Jr December 15, 2017 - 9:50 am

First of all, very nice page and pictures. This is great story. Always nice seeing fellow Bromptoneers going all over the world on cycling adventures. Should you ever happen to travel to NYC area, please get in touch with us. I included our Brompton club page as well. This route looks like a lot of fun

https://www.meetup.com/Brompton-NYC/

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bromptoning December 15, 2017 - 2:03 pm

Thanks so much, Newton! We very much want to visit New York. I (Heather) went over a decade ago, long before all the new cycling infrastructure was installed, so I really want to go back and check that out. I’ve bookmarked the #BromptonNYC Meetup page, so we will for sure get in touch with you guys when we are in NYC!

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Fred April 27, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Hey there! I am one of the guys from Toronto that you met at the Piño Colada stand by the bridge. How did your trip go? I am curious if it all went well as it sounded very interesting. I have a few pics of us having a piño colada that I can send if you want to send back your email address.

Cheers.
Fred

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brom-admin April 28, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Hi Fred! Glad you found us. Pier has sent you an email so you can send the pics. Can’t wait to see them! I’m slowly posting blogs about our trip, so stayed tuned!
Heather

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