Saturday, 24 December 2011

A Warm & Merry Christmas in London

We are having mild weather this year.  A complete contrast to last years snow.  I have been cycling with no gloves on.  It was busy in central London on Thursday and difficult to find space to park the Brompton to avoid taking it into crowded shops.  As I was unlocking my bike to leave I found another cyclist waiting for the space.  By the time I got to Covent Garden I gave up looking for space and just pushed the bike into the shops.  The Brompton got a compliment at the Apple Store from an assistant who told me that she was getting a Brompton for Christmas. The photo of the Christmas tree is the view from outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden. 

I was able to wear my almost new ankle boots from Clarks.  I have had them since September but I'm only enjoying wearing them now because we suddenly got a brief late summer in early October and then we got a lot of rain.  Good rubber sole which gives a good grip on the pedals.  

No cycling for me over the Christmas as I am worried that I may get another flat tyre. 

Sunday, 18 December 2011

New bag for cycling

This is a velvet bag by Cath Kidson. I love the texture, the pattern and colour which is bright enough to be seen when cycling. Of course it cannot really serve as well as a bike messager bag but it is just big enough to carry what I need and soft enough to be placed inside my Brompton Pannier and taken out when I fill up the pannier with shopping.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Pink scarf, blue gloves and grey coat

It is cold, but not too cold to cycle. I have to wrap up to keep warm, but considering this time last year when we were buried in snow this weather is still mild.
 I have been taking the Brompton on the underground again and noticing how helpful or unhelpful some transport staff can be when it comes to getting through the gates with the bike. I always get through but some staff make you wait while they will continue a discussion with another colleague or another passenger, then they make a point of stopping to carefully read the ticket. I remain polite because most staff are helpful most of the time and I think that creating a fuss will only make it harder the next time I have to get through or for another Brompton owner. But given how often the gate staff have to stop to sort out faulty tickets, give directions or just let through luggage, prams and bikes, I can’t see how we are going to manage next summer when we have the Olympics.