Sunday, 18 September 2022
Saturday, 17 September 2022
London shutting down for Monday
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
A gift from Japan!
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
London to Oxford overnight on an Orange Brompton
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
New commuter Brompton
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.