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Made in the UK: Inside the Brompton Factory.
"....Brompton's a company admirably sticking to their roots by continuing to design/manufacture in their birthplace of West London. While that can't be cheap, the company points out that "Moving production offshore in search of lower labour costs, business rates and taxes would certainly bring some obvious benefits, but these would be outweighed by the consequences of losing control over quality and, ultimately, losing the confidence of the consumer." Hear hear.
They've put together an inside-the-factory video, so you can see where the magic happens." Core 77
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Bike Repair Tools and Kits.
"The problem with tool collections is that there's no end to them. Whether you fix cars, computers or carbines, you could spend the rest of your life amassing better and more specific tools to help you get the job done quicker. So it's always fascinating to see manufacturers trying to wrangle an unruly assortment of implements into something comprehensive, yet manageable in size.
Take bicycle repair tools, for instance. At the high end of the scale you've got Park Tool's Master Mechanic Tool Set, a turn-key package for someone looking to open up a bike repair shop. It consists of 218 tools, gauges, lubricants, fixtures, and even a stool to park your ass on while banging out the repairs." Core 77
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