Indeed, I thought its folded size was quite tiny at first, but when it came to putting it in the suitcase, I found that everything ended up poking out one way or another. Front bag block, seatpost, pedals and some of the folding mechanisms had to be taken apart, but in the end, I managed ok and made it in one piece to Spain.
|Anillo ciclista map (taken from en bici por Madrid blog)|
|Dedicated bridge over the A6|
|A6 highway, the Sierra de Madrid (Madrid's mountain range) in the background|
|Most of it uses this type of cycle lanes, shared with pedestrians|
But I was also curious to take the Bromtpon on the trails I used to cycle on when I lived in Madrid. Or put it in a different way, I wanted to do a bit of off-road and the Brompton was my only option! Obviously I did not go for the singletrack and technical bits, but in the end I rode for almost 20 km of wide paths with occasional short hills that the Brommie tackled without much trouble, despite its limited internal gearing.
|Green and yellow fields, and the Sierra in the background, with plenty of snow in mid-April (yes, it does snow in Madrid!)|
|Madrid skyscrapers in the background|
|Railway through El Pardo, Madrid in the background|
|Railway crossing on the way back|