There’s no helping some people. When you’ve been bitten by a Brompton, that’s it: you’ve got the bug for life.

It’s the convenience, the freedom, the engineering, the refusal to make bikes that become obsolete.

It’s also the sheer joy of riding. Nippy, responsive, comfortable, and yet close to the contours, it’s a bike that makes you feel alive.

Packed into the boot of a hatchback, or fully laden on tour, this remarkable folding bike makes you feel you are cheating logistics.

It looks simple, and it is; but it’s not stupid. Try making modifications, and you encounter intelligence behind its frame.

Can you love a bike too much?