Thursday, 9 July 2015
I have not been on the Brompton for months. Reason why? Mixture of reasons that I am still working out. I was tired, really tired and I was worried I would have an accident. I also think I lost some of my road confidence.
But today's tube strike and the need to be in the centre of London forced me to get back on the bike.
Discovered how much I had missed cycling in town and there were so many cyclists. Lots of brave souls took to the using the hire bikes.
That was the good bit. Now the bad news. Discovered that my brakes had stopped working. They eventually seized. I went to the nearest bike shop which was Cycle Surgery in Holborn. But they couldn't see me because they were fully booked with repairs. They were kind enough to ring around to their other stores but they also couldn't see me. Then I remembered I was close to Brompton Junction in Covent Garden and I got them to look up the number for me and I called and they said come over.
My Brompton was fixed in 10 minutes and I only had to pay for a new brake cable which was £10.50! I was given a cup of coffee while I waited and looked at bags. They have lost the cafe which was down stairs but they are now able to do servicing something they were unable to offer when they first opened and the website says this is £100.
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Compton Cycles in Catford, South London where I bought the Brompton. They still have the widest choice of Bromptons in South London for a non-chain outlet. The cost of the service was £109 and it was done in a day. Which I thought was very good as I had to replace a broken chain mudguard; the rear mud guard which had fallen off somewhere and the elastic straps on the back rack (I am amazed these lasted 6 years). I was shown a carry handle for the Brompton made by Off yer Bike. (Forgot to take a photo.) Cost is about £40 but it looks like it is worth the money as you can carry the Brompton from the middle and not the seat which is awkward at times especially going up and down stairs. This is going on my Christmas list.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Clarks. Very comfy on the bike and off. I like the orange laces but you also get a pair of brown laces if the orange is a little too bright. I got the same pair of shoes in Black but I am still thinking about whether to keep them.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Just to show how far out of the loop I have been this past year I was not aware that Brompton had been opening up stores across the world until I ran past the London branch of Brompton Junction on Long Acre in Covent Garden. What is especially nice about the store is the little canteen downstairs where you can have tea and cake. You can buy a Brompton, various accessories and of course get helpful advice. I did ask about getting the Brompton serviced here but they only offer a full factory service, which is quite expensive but they do general repairs. The area is very well served by other bike shops like Cycle Surgery and Evans Cycles so if I was going to get the bike serviced in Central London I would shop around. I am still happy with the service I get from Compton Cycles where I got my Brompton.
I will definitely be going back to Brompton Junction for tea, sandwich and cake.
Whenever I see a collection of Brompton frames I just think of sweets like Skittles or Smarties.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
The rear light comes with a battery inside so it was ready to go. I will have to go back to Brompton Junction where I got the light to get them to show me how to replace the batteries as I could not see how the back opened. The downside is that I will have to again go through the hassle of unscrewing the light off and then on again.
I have also bought the Lezyne Zecto Drive lights. This are USB rechargeable and were £45 for the pair from Evan Cycles in their sale. You can buy them separately. The beams are powerful and I like that I can wrap them easily around the post and handle bar. The other advantage for me is that I can transfer the same light to my Trek bike. If you are buying the pair open up the package in the shop as I discovered that the pack only had one holder strap and I had to go back to Evans to get another. I still use my Electron Backupz lights as well. This are tiny but bright lights that I usually just leave on the Brompton. I even forget they are there until I turn them on. Still have the ‘cheapo’ lights I bought in Clas Ohlson a few years ago. They are still going strong and I have not had to replace the batteries for over a year.
Why so many lights? I don’t use a reflector vest. I do have a reflector belt that I occasionally use when I remember but vests, belts and gloves are the things I then to leave behind on a train.
You can buy the Brompton LED lights separately but they are advertised as a pair on the website. I struggled to find the link in the first place. As much as I love Brompton their website has always been poor. It is difficult to navigate and the pages are always slow to load.