Saturday, 31 July 2021

Touch up paint for the Cloud Blue

Yesterday I collected some touch up paint for my new Cloud Blue. I hope that I won't need to use it but I am glad to get some - just in case. 

Brompton used to produce and sell touch up paint but no longer do so. It is now a case of looking up the RAL number and finding somewhere that sells that particular number.

I have to say that this particular paint is a really good match. I tested out tiny amount on a part of the frame that you'd never look at and it was perfect. Worth buying a bottle if you can find it. 

Stay safe out there people!



Friday, 30 July 2021

Getting read for the Whitstable Winder

The Whitstable Winder - I think it is still called that - is a Brompton ride that I have been on several times over the years. The brainchild of gentleman that is and friend Mark (King of the Hill) it has always proved to be very popular and I am sure that this one will be so too.

Most people join at Otford having taken the train from Victoria. I will be joining Mark and perhaps a few others in central London just before 07:00 in the am to cycle the 26.45 miles to Otford to meet the main group of riders. Hopefully, we will get there in time for a second breakfast, like Hobbits! From there it will be another 48ish miles to Whitstable, after which we'll get the train back to London.

There is a rather tasty incline to tackle in the form of Hollingbourne Hill. It is 1.2 km long with an average gradient of 8.7% and maxing out at 16.5%. Should be interesting! I cannot really remember what I think of it - other than it is a bit of a beast - and just hope that I get up in one piece. 

The statistics

Another big draw for this ride it the rather lovely Kent countryside, which rarely disappointed. Should be a good one! So, I am now off to check the bike over make sure that I have everything I need ready.

Stay safe out there people!!

Kent countryside and a peloton of Brompton riders



Thursday, 29 July 2021

Are you a Brompton Ambassador - definitely not!

There are many of you out there who - despite me saying a few times before on this blog - think I work for Brompton. I don't.

I have received a few emails to ask one would go about becoming a Brompton Ambassador and get a Cloud Blue Brompton, in the same way did. I am very sorry to disappoint, but all my Brompton bikes (including the Cloud Blue) were purchased by your truly. In fact I do not know what a Brompton Ambassador is, whether they have them and if they do how they are recruited?

Despite my blog (which is an online diary/journal of my adventures) getting a very healthy number of daily, weekly, monthly...views I would imagine a Brompton Ambassador to be younger than me and command a much higher online presence.

The truth is I just write away about whatever takes my fancy. In the 10+ years of writing this blog, Brompton have not invited me to any of their events, launches, provided me with any freebies or anything to test out or review.  I haven't expected them to. I am sure that to Brompton, I am nobody.

So, to confirm once and for all, I do not work for Brompton, I am not paid to be a Brompton fanboy and I am not a Brompton Ambassador!  

Stay safe out there people!!