Saturday, 25 February 2017

Look who I bumped into? + Short video

There was a time not that long ago when my Partner in Crime, Andrew and I would be attendees at all manner of Brompton rides. Wherever there was one, the other would not bee too far behind. I suppose life gets in the way of such things and both of us, but to a greater extend Andrew, have not been out on adventures as often as in the past. It was therefore a happy Mr Orange who was venturing out into a grey and dull morning.

The meeting point was the London Eye at 09:00 and when I go there it felt cold and a little drizzle was falling from grey clouds.

My riding partner arrived and before we knew it we were cycling east as we had done many times before.

We chewed the fat as we cycled along and it was good to be riding again with my cycling buddy. In fact the last time we saw each other was the day of the Brompton World Championships - that neither of us got in to. In other words, it has been far too long.

At the fountains with views looking out to Tower Bridge we rewound time a little and putting our Brompton bicycles in familiar poses.

As well as a few photos I managed to capture a small amount of video and I have spliced together a few clips and put them in a short video clip, the link for which you can find at the bottom of this blog post.

The Legend checking his photos 

Cycling further east we stuck to familiar territory and hugged the Thames for much of our journey, chewing the fat as we cycled along.

The Thames Barrier Cafe opened at 11:00 and timed to perfection we arrive four minutes before opening. Once inside we ordered our usual and it was as if the old times were back again.

As I needed to be back home by about noon and didn't want to keep Andrew out for hours, I suggested that we take the tube from the O2. He agreed and we traveled together until parting company a few stops later.

It was great to see my Partner in Crime after so long. I will make sure that we will go on one of our adventures sooner rather than later!

Link to short video

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Photos of You / Your Brompton Wanted!!

What seems like many months ago now I put out a request for you out there with your own Brompton to send in a photograph of it. I would very much to revive this and see how many new ones are sent through.

The email address to send them to is:

You can send a photo of just your bike or you with it. Also send a brief outline of where the photo was taken and why you like your Brompton.

I will check this email once a week and any I receive will go straight up as soon as I can.

Many thanks! 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Beeline navigating adventure along the Thames Path

Early this morning armed with my camera, P-type Brompton and Beeline navigation device I headed out the short distance from darkest South Kensington and simply put Thames Flood Barrier into the Beeline app and I was off.

I was up an out quite early and unusually for a Saturday morning, things were pretty quiet. It was also mild and even though there were no signs of condensation on car windows, there was a high mist in the air.

With the roads being quiet I just followed the arrow and travelled wherever I fancied. I had not really looked at the route the Beeline app had suggested but I am sure that I did not follow it strictly at all. I just cycled in the general direction it suggested.

On restaurant was getting ready for its clientele later on and there were furtive efforts to clean the many lights that only hung on one side of said restaurant.

Near Wapping a lone and extremely territorial Mute Swan was no in any way mute. It took quite a dislike to me hissing, swimming over to me and flapping its wings. Believing what every says about the power of a swans wings being able to break an arm, I made a tactical withdrawal.

Also out for a proper test were the new gear/derailleur shifters. As reported in my blog post a few days ago, they are a marked improvement over the older ones. I don't think that they are any quicker - perhaps as I need more time to get fully used to them - but they are much nice to use.

The Greenwich foot tunnel under the Thames was all but empty which allowed me the chance to take a few photos. I did have the village idiot telling me that I was not allowed to cycle in the tunnel. I pointed out that I was not cycling and taking some photographs!

A rowing eight were out and trying to keep a stroke. I suspect they were either first timers or just a group of people who hated each other and could not/would not work as a team.

The Skyline was busy as usual. I hope that it stays put as it would be a shame to lose it from this part of London.

The Beeline brought me quite happily to the Thames Flood Barrier. I am liking it a great deal. I did move off course several times - on to very quiet roads - but always found it easy to simply follow the arrow. It is certainly a different way to do things and I can see myself using this quite a bit, especially when the weather starts to get better and I fancy a random adventure on two wheels.