Sunday, 18 September 2022
Saturday, 17 September 2022
London has been a little different lately - for obvious reasons. Over the past week the tube has been busier than it has been for ages and anywhere near Buckingham Palace, St James's Park, Palace of Westminster and queue along the Thames has been manic. This has been pretty much 24-hours a day. As such, I have avoided the areas mentioned as much as I can.
I have passed by Buckingham Palace at least once a week for more or less my entire life and never really given it a second thought. I suppose Londoners take a great deal of the touristy attractions for granted. In all the times I have been past, I never did see the flickering of a curtain for those inside to see what was going on outside in the real world. When things get quieter I will continue to use it as the backdrop for the odd photo.
Monday will see the State Funeral take place and judging by the crowds out in the queue, viewing the flowers in St James's Park and those just soaking in the atmosphere, I suspect it will be one of the busiest times in London for several years.
Stay safe out there people.
Saturday, 10 September 2022
I think that I have written about my Cloud Blue becoming my commuter hack recently and last week and all of this week has certainly put it to the test.
The setup is pretty simple. I have a hub dynamo wheel, Supernova front/rear lights and a Brompton Borough Roll Top Bag Large in dark grey (that goes well with the colour of the bike). I also have a Brompton Borough Waterproof Bag Large that doesn't need the rain cover when the wet stuff falls.
While taking the photo below a couple of private security guards on patrol in their miniature car (they all seem to drive around in these) could not comprehend why I had stopped to take a photo of my Brompton.
|The side of a rather posh property|
It has been a few years now since I used my Brompton for my daily commute but now that I am back to it again, only snow and ice will stop me from doing so.
Monday, 5 September 2022
Some of you out there in the world wide web reading my humble efforts have been doing so for quite some time. I have corresponded with many of you from all corners of the globe - you know who you are - and more recently many of you have done so via Instagram @orangebrompton. One such person all the way from Tokyo, Japan has been Makoto and he recently sent to a lovely letter and gift.
The gift was a waterproof card holder/wallet. Apart from being in a vivid orange colour, it will become rather useful for my Brompton adventures. I always have to swap wallets when cycling - especially on night rides - as I don't want it getting wet. This is a great solution.
Saturday, 3 September 2022
It has felt like ages since I went on a night ride and that one was the Dunwich Dynamo a few weeks ago. Setting off into a rather mild night, I wondered whether I had enough layers to keep the cold out - should it materialise of course. This ride was London to Oxford a destination that I have cycled to several times over the years.
My route took me over the Millenium Bridge, which was a hive of activity. Lots of people were taking photos of the London skyline and not to be outdone, I used it as a suitable background to compose a photo of my Brompton.
My Brompton in question was my Orange Special Edition, recently back from Brilliant Bikes after having its rear triangle hinge replaced. There had been the tiniest amount of play and not wishing to take chances, they were able to fit me in last week to have the necessary work carried out. I have to say that it did seem to ride better.
Thursday, 1 September 2022
Today I tested out my Cloud Blue in its additional role as commuter Brompton.
A few weeks ago I fitted a dynamo hub wheel and lights that I had not been fitted to any of my bikes and things looked pretty good.
Wednesday, 31 August 2022
One of the great thing about all things Brompton ownership is the fact you can fold it up and take it with you to most places. I don't know about you, but I do not own any locks. I was in a location at the yesterday, that will remain nameless, at which I saw a truly shocking example of locking up ones prized folding friend.
Now, to be fair, the owner of this Brompton had good reason to be fairly confident that their bike would still be there when they got back. There are broadcast quality camera everywhere, a gated entry/exit and security guards patrolling. Despite this, the photo above does betray a shocking level of locking up. In the wrong location, this would have been pilfered in a matter of seconds. The worrying thing to consider is whether this owner would lock it up like this elsewhere?!
Would you leave your Brompton locked up and unattended? Do let me know.
Until next time, stay safe out there people!
Monday, 29 August 2022
Saturday was an all Brompton club ride where we would cycle, with some hills, in the pursuit of all things topiary. The ride leader was Jenny and she did say that you had to work hard for your topiary, hence a few hills.
The meet point was the Birdcage outside Kings Cross Station, so I decided to cycle in the 17 miles from where I was staying. It was a lovely day and I knew that I would not be able to complete the entire ride as it started at 13:00 and I had some family commitments later on. The extra miles getting there and getting back would make up for it.
Part of my route took me on the Grand Union Canal for a few miles before I got to the sanctuary of the road and the more familiar Ladbroke Grove. I am not a fan of the canal towpath, despite it being fairly quiet and having no cars.
I stopped to take a photo of my Brompton with graffiti in the background, mainly for a fellow Brompton rider from Germany who posts some excellent photos. You'll see this one and some of his via my Instagram '@orangebrompton.' Please follow me if that is your thing. I have enjoyed corresponding with many of you via the messages. Click here.
|Ann punching the air in triumph|