Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Pedalling with posies

I saw this bike in Covent Garden this week. It looked familiar and I went back through my photo collection to find I had already taken a photo (top image) on my iPhone of this same bike in Spittlefields in August this year.

Now that summer is fading I keep thinking of flowers on bikes. I have seen flowers on the bike of Naturally Cycling Manchester and on the blog of Riding Pretty.

I wonder if this trend is about to go viral.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Folding bag for a folding bike.

I have been cycling around London with two bags because I have been shopping. The bag hanging from the handle bar is a folding shoulder bag by Muji. When folded it goes into a pouch which I pop into my main bag. In the photo above the bag is carrying a pair of ankle boots which I got from Office this week. I am not keeping them because they are too big. I find it easy to sling both bags over my back when changing trains but when I am cycling I strap the Timbuk 2 bag on the rack and carry the Muji bag on my back.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Red roses

I saw this bike parked in Oxford Street W1 on Monday. Now I like to see flowers on bike baskets but the owner of this bike takes this idea to new level.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Brompton on film

I just love the look of this Brompton in this film by Transport for London. It is part of their series of films for the Catch Up with the Bicycle campaign using famous people and everyday folk talking about why they love cycling. I notice that there is no actual mention of the name Brompton but I guess this is not to give Brompton an advantage over other folding bikes.

But I’m saying it. IT’S A BROMPTON!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The best laid plans - London tube strike

Today the tube strike went ahead and I was ready for my trip to Finchley in North London. I usually go by tube (subway) and the closest mainline (overground) station was Hendon which meant a 30 minute cycle uphill to Finchley.

Step one: Get the map of the route. While Google Maps are handy they are sometimes not very accurate. I checked the Transport For London TFL cycle route, Google and Multimap. After this I just photocopied the relevant pages in my A-Z. I tapped in the destination into my iPhone Google map for backup should I get lost.

Step two: Work out how I get to Hendon. I went to the National Rail website. I discovered that once I got the overground train into London Bridge I could cycle to Blackfrairs Station and then get the overground train to Hendon and then cycle up to Finchley.

Step three: Check the bike and pump the tyres. My checking just involves looking (very technical), but I did pump the tyres.

Step four: Decide what to wear. The meeting in North London was formal so no jeans. I wore a dress which was cool and my purple rain coat as rain was expected. I packed a hat.

Step five: Choose shoes. I considered wearing my tan Office brogues which are my formal work staple at the moment but in the end I wore my flat suede boots. Comfortable but appropriate for the meeting and rain should I get caught. (These boots are waterproofed and have kept me dry in a heavy rain fall.)

Step six: Pack bag. Of course I used my Timbuk2.

What happened?
I got to London Bridge and discovered that the Northern Line t tube line was running with a reduced service. So I jumped on the train. I think if I hadn’t been worried about the work meeting I would have done the trip but I just wanted to get there on time. By the time the meeting was over I had a headache so it was back on the tube to London Bridge. I actually did less cycling today than I would normally do when I use my Brompton. Still flexibility is the beauty of having a Brompton.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

What colour is your Brompton?

I got this comment from Richard and I decided to answer it in a post.
'Found your site after searching for 'yellow Brompton' (even if yours aint)
So what do you think - if you did it all again would you still get a black model?
Just about to cyclescheme one and am choosing between red, black and yellow ....'
What to do what to do. If I was doing it again I would go for another colour but don’t ask me what colour as everytime I see a Brompton that becomes my favourite colour. I saw a red one last week and I wanted a red one until I saw this soft cream colour this afternoon.

Yellow is a rare colour in London and I am always on the look out for Brompton riders on yellow bikes. The last time I saw one was outside Waterstones in Garrick Street on a rainy day over a year ago and it stood out like a ray of sunshine. The paint work was gloss and as you know the paint work on new Bromptons is now matt.

I think you go with your heart but more important is make sure you have the right model for your needs.

  1. Apart from the woman on the cream Brompton these pictures were taken over a year ago and so the colours may not be available anymore.
  2. I loved the combination of the leopard print flats and the cream of the bike. Style in motion.

Friday, 3 September 2010

It wouldn't be summer if we didn't have a strike

I have been cycling in town on the Brompton and enjoying the last days of summer. The number of Bromptons around seem to be on the increase but that could be me looking out for other Brompton riders. It is hard to get a snap of Brompton cyclists because we are fast movers, unlike these two cycle hire cyclists that I caught on camera at the lights in Covent Garden.

I have received an email from Transport for London informing me of the underground strike due to start on Monday evening and last through to Wednesday. If it goes ahead central London will see an increase of cyclists and it will be a good test for the Cycle Hire scheme which should now be available to the casual user. I have an appointment in North London on Tuesday and I had better get the tires pumped up and plan my route.

Last chance to wear another pair of Clarks shoes from my collection. They come with air holes so they are cool in the heat. I found them about 4 years ago in the mens section at Clarks but to me they are clogs and clogs are unisex so I brought them.