I am still waiting for my beloved Orange Brompton! The bike shop where I took my Brompton to have the new parts fitted told me that they have not been as busy for ages. This time of year is apparently a great deal slower than spring and summer but not at the moment.
The success of the British Olympic Cycling Team and Bradley Wiggins have all conspired to make cycling more popular than ever! The shop in question were saying that all types of bikes were selling fast and many people were buying them via bike to work schemes. When I dropped off my Brompton I saw no less than 6 other Brompton bikes in the racks waiting to have something done to them. I also saw gleaming new bikes waiting to be set up for new customers or to find their way to the shop floor.
This can only be a good thing. The more cyclists the better I say. If there are more of us, then perhaps the government will see fit to think about our cycling infrastructure - or lack of it. Hopefully I will get my beloved Brompton back tomorrow but I can tell you I miss the M-type handlebars, the 6 x gears, the fact I can use my large C - Bag on it and last but by no means least, the colour!