I have been contemplating doing a bit of cycle touring for a while now. It started with me looking at getting a touring bike, when I was contemplating the n+1 theory, having paid off half my Brompton. I ended up coming home, not with a touring bike as planned, but with a 2014 Specialized Ruby … Continue reading My latest mad cap idea
I have to confess that since I bought my road bike I have neglected riding my Brompton. I guess it's partly the fun of a new toy, and partly down to finding the road bike so much easier and more exhilarating to ride. It's true, and anyone who says otherwise is a little bit dishonest. … Continue reading Giggling away to oneself – a year with a Brompton
That wasn't actually the plan. The plan was to go down to the seafront, and then along the seafront on the cycle paths, until I got to Musselburgh and come back through town and home. The thing is with Edinburgh's cycle routes is that the signposting, once you're on them, is great, but if you … Continue reading Up the (Edinburgh) Castle
There is a little cycle ride I've been wanting to do ever since I moved to Edinburgh two years ago. It is a trip made pleasantly possible by the failure of transport infrastructure, well it's a failure of roads infrastructure. The world famous Forth Bridge actually refers to the rail bridge. This was opened in … Continue reading Over the Bridge(s)
As I promised in my last post (I always hear trumpets when I say that), here is my review of the new 2020 release Brompton Borough roll-top bag, small, in navy (which at the moment is the only colour available for this model). Ordered the day after release, it arrived with me on Saturday and … Continue reading 2020 Brompton Borough roll-top small review
Brompton have released the new 2020 bag range, further adding to the choices for riders, or the confusion if you want to look at it another way. The new range (seen here) features a number of 100% waterproof bags showing they've broken from their partnership with Ortlieb and branched off into their own direction. … Continue reading Brompton releases new 2020 bag range
I have now found the best GoPro positioning for my Brompton bike; on my handlebars with a handy bracket I picked up as part of a kit. This gives me a realistic ride position, a clear view of the other road users, and also allows me to see the camera whilst I ride. I did … Continue reading Blast of lockdown fresh air
Ok, so I'm a numpty*. I thought that my tyres had plenty of air in them, but on my last ride the handling was bit off when I was at anything approaching speed. I decided to get myself a track pump, with a gauge, and actually do it properly rather than relying on the mini-pump … Continue reading Put air in your tyres you numpty!
Now we are the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, lockdown we are limited in our excursions to only the necessary. At the moment in Scotland this means; going to work if you're an essential worker, going out for essential groceries, taking one exercise session a day, or going out for medical needs for you or someone you … Continue reading State Sanctioned Exercise #1 & #2
Let's face it, at some point you are going to have to carry something on your bike that is too big to go into a jacket pocket. If you're a woman, then you are likely to miss your handbag, shoulder bag, or tote, long before a man even contemplates this. So, where do you start … Continue reading Brompton Bags…where to start?
Who needs a Brompton Explore? Not me, obviously, since I took my regular Brompton on a trail that was distinctly off road, both in being off a road as defined by car use, but also being off road in the terms of anything loose on my bike would no longer be attached and I can … Continue reading Trail ride around Loch Leven…on a Brompton?
As you know, Bromptons are great for public transport, so long as it’s a cab, train, or tram. But buses are more of a problem because they want you to bag your bike, and this means you’ve got to carry the carry bag on your bike before employing it. There are various options of course, … Continue reading Taking your Brompton on a bus