Wednesday, 31 August 2011

August Break - Winter white

It’s the last day of my August Break. I saw this white Brompton with a matching helmet at the station this evening. I don’t often see white Bromptons and I was impressed by how shiny and clean this one was.

Monday, 29 August 2011

August Break - Happy Bank Holiday

Today is the last of our sunny bank holidays and to celebrate here is a bright fuchsia pink Brompton as seen in Covent Garden on Saturday.

September is nearly here and it will be time to look for winter boots.

Friday, 26 August 2011

August Break day 26 - Funny weather

The Brompton is now running very smoothly after it’s service but I’ve only been able to use my Brompton once this week due to the funny weather. It has been raining very hard with pockets of bright sun.

Friday, 19 August 2011

August Break day 19 - The Brompton is back

I collected my Brompton today from Compton Cycles following it’s annual service. I had a break cable replaced and one of the reflector lights. Cost of Service £54 but with the extra checks/work including the cable the total cost was £63.95.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Sunday, 14 August 2011

August Break day 14 - First time on a London hire bike

How to hire to use the London Hire bikes.

1. Before travel download the free London Cycle App which tells you where to find the nearest hire station and how many bikes and spaces there are at the station. (I don’t know how else you quickly find an a hire station without this very handy App.)

2. You need a credit card or debit card and you follow instructions on the terminal. The terminal will register you for the day and you will be charged accordingly. You can pay for longer but I only wanted a day.

3. You will need to insert your card again after you get your receipt for the daily hire so that you can hire a bike. This time you will get a code that allows you to release the bike.

4. Enter code on panel on the left hand side of bike station. When the green light comes on you can release the bike.

5. Releasing the bike is tricky. It is heavy and you need to lift up the seat and pull back.

6. I missed this the first time around and the bike got locked. If this happens call Transport for London TFL using the number on the terminal station. Sadly the operator was unable to help other than tell me to try another bike. The code did not work.

7. Discovered the code only works for 10 minutes by which time I got another code by putting in my debit card again. (I still don’t know if I will be charged for two bikes but because I called I hope that they will have a record that I had difficulty getting the first bike out.)

8. Lift and pull the bike out and thank everyone who helps you.

9. Work out on the London Cycle App where your nearest docking station to your destination is and whether there are spaces for you to drop off your bike.

10. Adjust the seat and off you go.

11. When putting the bike back, make sure that it is firmly locked on the station or you will be charged for the time.

Verdict. I will use it again. The seat is comfortable but the gears on my bike were useless and I just kept in the highest gear.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

August Break day 11

It rained today.  No Brompton.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

London - August Break day 9

Sad events in some parts of this town at the moment but like many other Londoners I am carrying on. This morning as I was pedaling along I saw this gold Chopper bike in a shop window on Oxford Street and this afternoon I have stunned to see images of devastation on the television. It is difficult to believe it is the same city.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Saturday, 6 August 2011

August Break day 6

Brown suede kitten heel shoes and the Other Bike.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

August Break day 2

Going to work in Holborn Central London. The sound of my Brompton.

Monday, 1 August 2011

August Break day 1

I am taking a break from writing on the blog this month. This is an idea from writer/photographer Susannah Conway. My posts will just be photos or videos taken while I am out on the Brompton (or Trek) over the next 31 days.

It’s too hot to think!