Friday, 29 June 2012

Beautiful balmy evening in the city

Yesterday was my last night of my printing course and it was a joy to be on the Brompton cycling through the city. Everyone on the street was in good mood and even getting around the never ending road works was fun. When the group of cyclists I was travelling with couldn’t get around the traffic we all jumped off our bikes and trotted along the pavement to the next gap in the road.

I was cycling back home at 9.45pm along London Bridge with the setting sun and rising moon in the sky.  Lovely view of Tower Bridge now carrying the Olympic ring logo.

Perfect night.

Shoe note. My Clark cloggs seem to prefer Brompton pedals. No slipping.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Training for the Olympics

I am now getting ready for traveling across London during the Olympics with the Brompton. This means extended times on the bike for journeys that would have been done by train or underground tube. Ensuring that I carry as little as possible which will be tough for me because I just like to carry stuff for just in case, giving more time for journeys, carrying water for the heat, getting more sleep and keeping up with my running to ensure I have the energy. I have still to work out how to read the Transport for London Get Ahead of the Games travel map. The last time I looked it was confusing.

Only flat shoes, during this time too.

This should work, providing the hard rain we have been having for the last few months takes a break for the games.

Friday, 22 June 2012

No bikes* on trains during the Olympics


As I wheeled my Brompton through the ticket barrier at Cannon Street Station last week I was handed the above leaflet. The train companies that cover the Olympic venues will not allow non-folding bikes on their trains during the Olympics (27 July to 12 August) and Paralympics Games (29 August to 9 September). This will be tough for many long haul commuter cyclists who get in before the rush hour times or are able to get on after rush hour and then get a train after 7pm home.

*Bromptons are allowed but even Brompton owners have to ensure that the bike is completed folded before you enter the station and during the journey.

I see the word ‘compact’ is used. Now there many folding bikes but not all are compact. It will be interesting to see how far the train companies will take this.

I haven’t seen any notices about folding bikes on the Underground or Docklands Light Railway (DLR). But in truth I don’t think I want to be with the Brompton on the Underground during the Olympics.

I am preparing for the occasion that even if I get into central London with the Brompton on a train, I may have to cycle all the way back home because it is just too crowded.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Holstee Manifesto on a Bike

Run away if you don’t have a sweet tooth because a big dose of sugary sentimentality is being served. I have seen this manifesto before and just thought ‘nice idea’. But now the Holstee team have put their message on bikes, and I’m ready to sign up.

Found this video via Sarah Wilson's blog pages on cycling.

Got to Sarah Wilson via Susannah Conway's weekly web info.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Two folding bikes

I saw this bike folding bike on my train home on Thursday night.  It is a full size bike that folds in the middle and from the look of it this maybe just for storage or transport purposes.  I wonder if the owner is able to get on the tube or the DLR.