Sunday 3 January 2021

Well this is 2021 Brompton riders!

The end of 2020 in London involved Tier 4 and many restrictions. As we ease into a brighter future, things are pretty much the same for the moment. Tier 4 may be extended to other parts of the country and who knows, we might even see Tier 5?!

Normally at this time of the year there are Brompton plans to be made and thoughts turn to cycling events and adventures in the near future. Apart from the Brompton World Championships - which I think only Devine intervention could make happen and provide me with a place in it - thoughts turn to events like the Dunwich Dynamo. Around this sort of time coach tickets could be bought for the return journey. 

Other events like night rides to the coast, where participants meet in central London and just before or on the stroke of midnight, cycle to destinations such as Brighton, Whitstable, Shoreham, Southend would normally start sometime in March. In-between these, I would be joined by my friend Dr John to go on our own night ride to the coast. For the moment, these rides are on hold. 

What I do have planned is several mini themed rides in and around London. I have some buildings to find in a very specific architectural ride. I have some Blue Plaques to find of some colourful characters. Another will see me travel back in time and delve into London's most gruesome past. The list really does go on and on. I suspect that for the first few months of 2021 these solo rides will be as far as I will be able to successfully plan ahead. 

It is only really thanks to my buying a Wahoo GPS device that I can do any of these at all. Before that my navigational prowess was woeful to say the least. Technology has afforded me confidence in getting from A to Z and eventually back to A - always rather important!

Wherever you are keep pedalling forward and do let me know what you are up to by sending an email and photo of your bike.

Until next time, stay safe out there people!!


  1. Happy New Year! Stay well and enjoy...

  2. Hi Mr Orange,

    I too have been out my own Orange Brompton cycling around my local town and countryside. As well as for fun, the Brompton has been doing a bit of shopping. Attached in the email are some of the photos of the items, I have carried in my basket bag. On my day's off, I leave the car in the drive and use the brompton as is my shopping trolley. Exercise and getting the essentials go hand in hand. No 5km limit for me :-) Also have been carrying out upgrades and accessorising the Brommie over the months, as per your good advice. Keep up the good work, your blogs are very interesting. Happy new year, Regards Eddie

  3. Hello Mr Orange
    Been following you for years.
    Can you let me know what bag you use or the rear of your saddle?
    Mr Nickel

    1. Hello there and sorry not to reply sooner. It is a Carradice Zipped Roll.


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