Sunday, 30 September 2012

Two tone Brompton

Yellow and black Brompton seen on Neal Street in Covent Garden this week. Note the heavy duty blue Arbus lock.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Ankle boots for autumn

Got these boots a couple weeks ago from a shop in Greenwich. They are by Claudia Ghizzant and despite appearances are very comfortable. The platform gives me the same heel height as my brogues and the thick soft soles make them comfortable to walk in. I just bounce along. These are the first heels I have used on the Brompton in ages and have a good grip on the pedals.

I still haven’t found a pair long boots to replace my much loved but worn Office boots but I will continue on my search.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The lights are back on

My first week back cycling to my print making class in Shoreditch this evening and it was also the first day I needed to remember to pack the bike lights for the Brompton because the sun now sets at 7.30pm. What little summer we had is nearly over. I noticed that all the road closures and road works that were around in July have gone and the main roads have been resurfaced. The Olympic effect, but great for cyclists as we will have good roads for winter.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Cycle parking at the Tate Modern

I dropped into the Tate Modern bookshop after going to see work at the Bankside Gallery next door. Because the British Museum has now stopped accepting heavy luggage in the cloak room I was worried that the same rule would now apply at the Tate. But not so. As I was locking the Brompton a helpful security guard came over to tell me that I could leave it in the cloak room. He even called the cloak room to confirm but couldn’t get through. I decided to leave the bike as it was already locked and I wasn’t staying long. I did go to the cloak room to ask about leaving the bike in the future and they said they would accept folding bikes, the attendant even told me to go and bring the bike. The Tate is bike friendly. They allow cyclists to chain their bikes on the railings just outside and don’t stop you from cycling on their land. The British Museum does have cycle stands but at a distance from the building, and on the last occasion when I cycled to the parking area a guard came over to politely tell me that I wasn’t allowed to do this.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Going up West

I was back commuting with the Brompton today for work which involved a trip to Shepherds Bush in West London. This yellow Brompton caught my eye because the owner, who kindly posed for a picture, had a lovely Royal Blue jacket that just went so well with the bike.

Didn’t take long to get used to the tube trains and roads again. There are a couple of large roundabouts in this area but thankfully there are cycle paths on the pavements to keep you out of the heaviest traffic.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Back on the Brompton

I barely did any cycling during August and I didn’t take the Brompton into the centre of London during the Olympics. It was easier and better to use public transport when I could, including a trip to the Olympic Park last Wednesday to see track events in the Paralympics. You get a free travel card to get you to your venue. I saw a green Brompton being wheeled through the park but it was too busy to get a photo. I think the owner was probably a member of staff as the security was high. The same as an airport. I will visit the Olympic Park again now the games are over as the venue is impressive. I want to see how the cycle lanes work and I want to go up the Orbit the art sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

Autumn is here and I have taken my Brompton for a late annual service to Compton Cycles. Got it back the next day all clean and shiny. Cost £99. This includes a replaced chain & 6 speed cog set which was worn. I have been for a test ride and there is now a smoother gear change.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Didn't use the bike

I have not used the Brompton in central London since the start of the Olympics. But despite warnings of chaos on trains, travelling was problem free all during the month. There was also no need to ban bicycles on some trains, but I think rail staff relaxed this policy because I saw non folding bikes around London Bridge.

I will be back on the bike again this month. But first I need to book the annual service. I am late this year.