Andrew Ritchie left university in 1968 with a degree in Engineering. He first applied this hard-won knowledge in the nascent field of computing but soon realised he preferred the idea of being self-employed and before long, found himself working as a landscape gardener in London. While plying his green trade out of the back of an ancient Morris 1000 van in 1975, a chance meeting with a backer of the fledgling Bickerton folding bicycle changed the direction of his career again. Looking at the Bickerton’s design, he thought he could do better and came up with a fresh approach to the challenge of designing a folding bike.
The theory looked sufficiently promising that Andrew managed to obtain backing from friends to fund the production of prototypes and in due course prototypes 1, 2 and 3 emerged from the cramped confines of Andrew’s bedroom overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London – Brompton Bicycle was born.