Sunday, 26 January 2014

Brompton Junction - Covent Garden

Just to show how far out of the loop I have been this past year I was not aware that Brompton had been opening up stores across the world until I ran past the London branch of Brompton Junction on Long Acre in Covent Garden. What is especially nice about the store is the little canteen downstairs where you can have tea and cake. You can buy a Brompton, various accessories and of course get helpful advice. I did ask about getting the Brompton serviced here but they only offer a full factory service, which is quite expensive but they do general repairs. The area is very well served by other bike shops like Cycle Surgery and Evans Cycles so if I was going to get the bike serviced in Central London I would shop around. I am still happy with the service I get from Compton Cycles where I got my Brompton.

I will definitely be going back to Brompton Junction for tea, sandwich and cake.

Whenever I see a collection of Brompton frames I just think of sweets like Skittles or Smarties.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bright Lights

I recently bought the Brompton LED rear light but only got around to putting it this week. While I knew I had to remove the rear reflector this was not a simple as I had expected because of trying to get around the carrier rack to screw the reflector off and then get the light on. Managed it in the end but nearly gave up until I found that I did have a tiny wrench in my tool tray which meant I could tighten the nut on the rack.

The rear light comes with a battery inside so it was ready to go. I will have to go back to Brompton Junction where I got the light to get them to show me how to replace the batteries as I could not see how the back opened. The downside is that I will have to again go through the hassle of unscrewing the light off and then on again.

I have also bought the Lezyne Zecto Drive lights. This are USB rechargeable and were £45 for the pair from Evan Cycles in their sale. You can buy them separately. The beams are powerful and I like that I can wrap them easily around the post and handle bar. The other advantage for me is that I can transfer the same light to my Trek bike. If you are buying the pair open up the package in the shop as I discovered that the pack only had one holder strap and I had to go back to Evans to get another. I still use my Electron Backupz lights as well. This are tiny but bright lights that I usually just leave on the Brompton. I even forget they are there until I turn them on. Still have the ‘cheapo’ lights I bought in Clas Ohlson a few years ago. They are still going strong and I have not had to replace the batteries for over a year.

Why so many lights? I don’t use a reflector vest. I do have a reflector belt that I occasionally use when I remember but vests, belts and gloves are the things I then to leave behind on a train.

Additional info:
You can buy the Brompton LED lights separately but they are advertised as a pair on the website.  I struggled to find the link in the first place.  As much as I love Brompton their website has always been poor.  It is difficult to navigate and the pages are always slow to load.