Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wet February

It rains most days, but it is the sudden gusts of wind that is keeping me off the Brompton. I managed to use it on Monday but decided on using the Trek today to get to the station and then use the train.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Parking at The British Museum


Unlike the Tate you still cannot leave a folded bike in the cloakroom at The British Museum so I had to carry my lock on Saturday. I found out that the same applies to The V&A Museum.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Brompton Junction - Covent Garden





Just to show how far out of the loop I have been this past year I was not aware that Brompton had been opening up stores across the world until I ran past the London branch of Brompton Junction on Long Acre in Covent Garden. What is especially nice about the store is the little canteen downstairs where you can have tea and cake. You can buy a Brompton, various accessories and of course get helpful advice. I did ask about getting the Brompton serviced here but they only offer a full factory service, which is quite expensive but they do general repairs. The area is very well served by other bike shops like Cycle Surgery and Evans Cycles so if I was going to get the bike serviced in Central London I would shop around. I am still happy with the service I get from Compton Cycles where I got my Brompton.

I will definitely be going back to Brompton Junction for tea, sandwich and cake.

Whenever I see a collection of Brompton frames I just think of sweets like Skittles or Smarties.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bright Lights

I recently bought the Brompton LED rear light but only got around to putting it this week. While I knew I had to remove the rear reflector this was not a simple as I had expected because of trying to get around the carrier rack to screw the reflector off and then get the light on. Managed it in the end but nearly gave up until I found that I did have a tiny wrench in my tool tray which meant I could tighten the nut on the rack.

The rear light comes with a battery inside so it was ready to go. I will have to go back to Brompton Junction where I got the light to get them to show me how to replace the batteries as I could not see how the back opened. The downside is that I will have to again go through the hassle of unscrewing the light off and then on again.

I have also bought the Lezyne Zecto Drive lights. This are USB rechargeable and were £45 for the pair from Evan Cycles in their sale. You can buy them separately. The beams are powerful and I like that I can wrap them easily around the post and handle bar. The other advantage for me is that I can transfer the same light to my Trek bike. If you are buying the pair open up the package in the shop as I discovered that the pack only had one holder strap and I had to go back to Evans to get another. I still use my Electron Backupz lights as well. This are tiny but bright lights that I usually just leave on the Brompton. I even forget they are there until I turn them on. Still have the ‘cheapo’ lights I bought in Clas Ohlson a few years ago. They are still going strong and I have not had to replace the batteries for over a year.

Why so many lights? I don’t use a reflector vest. I do have a reflector belt that I occasionally use when I remember but vests, belts and gloves are the things I then to leave behind on a train.

Additional info:
You can buy the Brompton LED lights separately but they are advertised as a pair on the website.  I struggled to find the link in the first place.  As much as I love Brompton their website has always been poor.  It is difficult to navigate and the pages are always slow to load.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Going to the shops



Took the Brompton to Oxford Street yesterday to return a couple items. It has been so long since I have cycled in the West End on a weekend that I forgot my rules. 1. Don’t cycle on Saturdays in the centre of town. 2. Don’t shop on a weekend five weeks before Christmas. It was crazy. I also forgot that there is no place to lock a bike Oxford Street. I managed to lock the bike on a handrail outside Marks & Spencer, but had to take it with me inside Debenhams. I got the refunds and then straight home, by tube. I found pedestrians wandering into the road more dangerous than taxis and buses.

I wore my new ankle boots that are from John Lewis and they passed the Brompton pedal test.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hurrah! It's Autumn

I confess that I did very little cycling this summer. It was a lovely summer but just too hot for me to pedal around in. I didn’t use the Brompton for weeks. I sometimes used the Trek bike to get to the station where I left it and just used the train. There were days when I walked and used buses. We have a great public transport system in London and if you use smart phone apps to tell you when buses and trains are arriving you can usually have a seamless journey.

My Brompton got dust on it. It hasn’t even had the August Service. I forgot. Still it is Autumn and I am back using it. I have had to get out the bike lights because the sun now sets around 6.30. Autumn is the best time to cycle, not too hot, not yet cold.

 I am back in boots because I have finally found new boots I like after a three year search. I can finally put my Office boots out to pasture. They did so well through the crazy extreme weather we had over the past few years. I wanted a pair of brown boots and after much deliberation between a pair from Clarks and a pair by Steve Madden from Dune I found these in Matalan of all places. I have never brought shoes from this discount shop before but they are fabulously comfortable, well made and only £50, two thirds less than the other pairs. I have teamed them up with my bag from New Look. I am not using my Bagaboo bike bag yet because it is big and I end up carrying too much stuff. Small light messenger and cross body bags are thin on the ground at the moment. Muji used to have a great range but have pulled them this year.

 Now I need to book that service with Comptons.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Burning on the bike

It is too hot to cycle and I have restricted my journeys to very short runs. This is what I need to get around. Wearing my new cheap and cheerful sandals from H&M. They won’t last but they will do for the couple weeks of warm weather we will have.