The Nickel edition Brompton Bike

A shining example of forms follows function


When Andrew Ritchie started designing a folding bike in his South Kensington flat in 1975, he knew he wanted to make a better and more beautiful folding bike than the clunky, awkward fold-in-half one he had just tried out.His first Brompton bike faced challenges, but after 25 years of refining and constant improvements, Brompton Bicycle Ltd. is now the largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK.
With its striking finish and smart design, the bicycle folds into an effective compact unit that can be carried, towed or stowed easily.

The Nickel Edition is Brompton’s finest bike. The polished 50-micron high-phosphorus electroless nickel plating creates a rich, reflective finish and is Brompton’s most advanced finish to date with exceptional anti-corrosion resistance usually reserved for mining and deep-sea drilling equipment.
With over 45,000 bikes in production each year, the Brompton is an easy bicycle to pedal these days.

Current Issue

Volume 32-2: Nickel on the move

From bicycles to rockets

August 09, 2017


Feature Story:
It is actually rocket science
Given successful test experiences to date, it is abundantly clear that 3D printing and nickel-containing alloys will be critical to the future of U.S. space travel for decades to come.