Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Love your bike

The London Cycling Campaign have produced another helpful video for cyclists, this time on the best way of locking your bike.  Of course we Brompton users do have the advantage of being able to take our bikes with us but as I have written before I do have a strong Abus D lock because it is easier to be able to leave the bike somewhere when I am out shopping.  I had never thought about using two locks before and I am not sure whether I would because of the extra weight when using the Brompton.  However it seems like a good idea for the Trek.


wee folding bike said...

Part of the two lock rational is that different types of lock require different tools to open them and few bicycle thieves will carry both.

Having said that I don't lock mine. My M6R went to the GFT in Glasgow for a showing of "The Manchurian Candidate" on Monday. It sat by the side of the screen as I watched the film, drank my coffee and scoffed a bar of Green & Black's darkest chocolate.

Cycling in Heels said...

I can't of any film theatre in London allowing a folding bike inside.

The Manchurian Candidate is one of my favourite films. Which version did you see, 1962 or 2004 or was it a double bill of both?

wee folding bike said...

The Sinatra/ Lansbury version.

It was the GFT in Glasgow. In 2001 this was one of the first places I took a Brompton where there was a chance of someone complaining but nobody ever has. I usually leave it by the screen. In the big screen it sits beside the grand piano where the baby buggies park at Saturday matinees.

I don't ask if I can bring in my bike, I just take it because having a bike with you is the most normal thing in the world. If it's a fairly quiet movie I sit the Brompton in one of the end of row spaces for wheel chairs and rest my coffee on it. It might help that the GFT is a very art house cinema. I don't think I've taken a Brompton into a normal one but I usually have kids with me when I go to a multiplex.

Gareth said...

If it's not a daft question, if you do have to lock your Brompton, is there a preference to lock it up in folded or unfolded?

Cycling in Heels said...

Not a daft question as I have considered this issue before. I have never seen a locked Brompton that was completely folded but I have seen half folded locked Bromptons. This was done mainly because of the lack of space which is an issue when trying to find some where to lock your bike in central London.

Si said...

If I found that guy being so rough with my bike and would take exception... he probably chipped a bit of paint on those bikes rattling locks etc