Sunday, 27 February 2011

Sleeping on trains

My heart went out to these two sleepers this week. I have been very tired myself recently but a couple early nights; no early morning running sessions and I am revived and back on the bike.

I also think I miss the sun which adds to my fatigue. Thank goodness March will be here in two days.

Photos taken with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app (love it.)

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Interesting but not quite right

These T-bar shoes are by Marks & Spencer and I almost like them. I think the heels are a little too high and the leather not soft enough. I could wear them only for a few hours and I prefer shoes that I can walk and cycle in for most of the day. I like the dark red colour but not enough to buy.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Third Birthday for My Brompton

Yesterday was three years since I became a Brompton owner. Three years of pedalling around the streets of London, north and south. Three years of taking the Brompton on public transport. I cannot think why I didn’t go back to cycling sooner. I love it. Once I got cycle training I got over my fear of cycling in traffic and I can and do cycle in heavy traffic, but I now feel that there should be more designated cycle paths. I want more people to get on bikes and this is unlikely to happen without the structure.

No problems with the Brompton, one flat tyre in three years is very good too. It is a well made and beautifully designed bike that will be around forever!

The photo above is of The Brompton with my three sets of flashing lights.  I look like a Christmas Tree at night.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Parking at the station when you have to go.

I needed to use the Ladies at Charing Cross Station this week and this station is one of the few where there are no bike parking facilities inside or outside the station. The last time I attempted to park my Brompton on a luggage rack at Charing Cross I came back after five minutes to find it padlocked and I had to charm my way out of it in time to catch my train. This time I carried my bike up and down the stairs to the Ladies. The attendant offered to watch the bike but wanted me to leave it outside which I wasn’t happy about so I took it with me.

The London Cycling Campaign have produced an article in the latest issue of the London Cyclist on bike parking at main stations in London and it seems that National Rail are committed to providing more parking spaces. I have used the trolley system at Liverpool Street Station to park the Trek. You pull the bike park trolley down slide your bike on and lock it and then push the bike up. Not as easy as it looks and someone had to help me. As a Brompton user we don’t have to park we carry but I still value lots of bike parking particularly outside stations because it can be a tipping point to get someone on their bike again. A quick ride to the station and then jump on the train. Unless it is raining or I am using the Brompton I always cycle on my Trek to the station, park and get on the train. I am embarrassed to admit that I used to do this journey by car and sit in traffic and then hunt for a parking space in an adjacent road because you can’t park out side the station. Once I cursed at the reduction of decent car parking outside a rail station and now I see it as blessing because you either walk or get on your bike.

Brompton at Charing Cross Station Ladies
The Trek (the one with wicker basket) at Liverpool Street Station Cycle Park