Monday, 25 July 2011
The short films are of me in my summer Clarks sandals at Willesden Junction station and on the Bakerloo train last week.
I am having a lot of fun with my new iPhone 4 since I upgraded recently. I had the second generation of iPhone that had with a limited focus, no ability to take video and limited zoom. But I was still impressed with the basic phone and simply made the poor photo quality a feature by using the Hipstamatic photo app which create fantastic retro type photos.
I didn’t expect the new iPhone to have a good camera either. I have the phone mainly because I need access to internet and email when I travel. But I have been surprised by the new features and I have been looking at lots of camera apps but my favourite at the moment is 8mm video camera which creates retro 8mm type films.
Now I don’t have to carry my Samsung camera anymore which means a little bit more room in the Brompton pannier.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
I usually get a full service of the Brompton in August but I have recently found that the seat post is sticking instead of sliding smoothly and not going all the way down without a push. I also have also noticed that the gear switch on the left handle bar has moved slowly down and I have to move my hand further to reach the bell and switch gears. Speaking of gears, the change is now a bit sluggish.
So do I take the bike to Compton Cycles or should I give Brixton Cycles a go this year?
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Clarks sale. Heels with a platform means that you get the height without the pain. They come with a soft suede insole too. A good addition to the summer shoe collection.
However I am not sure if they will make good cycle shoes. Of course cycling in clogs in tricky but I had no problem with my last pair by El Naturalista. I have even cycled in flip flops so I was caught by surprise when I found that these clogs just slip off the pedals if you are not careful. I can see that although Clarks have put on a rubber section on the sole and the heel the rest of the shoe is a smooth varnish wood which doesn’t grip at all on a bike pedal.
I took sandpaper to the wooden sections of the sole but I am thinking of putting on thin strips of gaffer tape just to make sure.
18.7.11. Opps. Forgot to upload this photo.
Friday, 15 July 2011
My first bike was a Bickerton and I learned to cycle on it. I previously had a kids bike with stabilisers and I really believed that I could just get on any bike so I was surprised to discover when I got the Bickerton that I couldn’t cycle at all. I was too embarrassed to get training and I just taught myself by getting on and falling off lots of times. My Bickerton had a large blue canvas bag that acted as a pannier on the front of the bike and a storage bag for the bike when it was folded. Bickertons were very light and I was able to carry my bike. However I rarely did this as I had learned to cycle and I was happy to cycle from South London into the West End and back again. I didn’t like cycling over large bridges so I went over Lambeth bridge. But strangely I was comfortable cycling up Park Lane and around Marble Arch, something I wouldn’t do now unless I really had to.
Just seeing this bike took me back to that first experience of being a cyclist.
Unfortunately I could get better photos of this Bickerton. It was parked right by the main road and I would have had to step into the bus lane to get a better shot.
I wonder who owned this bike. I eventually got fed up with the punctures I had on my Bickerton and I moved on to a sturdy Raleigh Cameo bike. I am not sure if I sold it or left it in someone’s basement and didn’t go back. It was because of the Bickerton that I felt comfortable getting a Brompton so I am grateful for that experience.
The only time I had a serious fall from a bike was on the Bickerton when I braked and went over the handlebars and cut my left knee. I still have the scar.
I have just found the original 1980s advert for the Bickerton where you can see the it in all it’s glory and the similarities to the Brompton.
Monday, 11 July 2011