Sunday, 26 February 2017

Return of the legend?

Its been a long time since I have typed into this blog but we are still here.

My cycling partner in crime My OrangeBrompton asked me for a ride yesterday and I was thinking it had been a long time since I've rode other than my commutes to work.

Met up with My OrangeBrompton at the London Eye, a good meeting point for all rides we have been on and headed in the direction of the Thames Barrier.

While was was riding we talked about everything we been up to.

I also noticed that Orange's P Type was sporting the new brake/gear levers. I haven't been keeping up to date with the latest developments at Brompton over the last year so these where a new thing to me. I may have a closer look at some point but from my initial short view of them they may not be the most have thing to upgrade BBB with yet. Current gear and brake levers work fine at the moment but will try and actually ride with a Brompton with them on so I can see & feel for sure. That's if they actually can fit on a normal M type as I think I read somewhere they won't for some reason. I may have been wrong. I'll look into it at deeper at some point.

I didn't have any cameras with me other than my trusty iPhone and didn't even really think of taking photos if I'm honest. This time Orange was sporting alot of photography equipment and was happily snapping away, just like old times.

Dusting of the cobwebs
We made our way up to the Thames Barrier which is an old haunt of ours that we like to head to along the Thames River Path. The staff have asked where I've been when Orange has gone on his own at times, we are kinda hard to miss I guess.

I don't know what it is about the scones and clotted cream there but it completely different to what I've had elsewhere and I totally love it.

It was a nice short ride for me to get back into the way of things. We cycled to a undersground station near by and jumped on a train heading back to the center. I noticed we was going past the Decathlon Store in Canary Water and remembered I needed to get some new overshoes as the ALDI ones I've had for a good few yrs have basically fallen apart and some cycling glasses.

I figured I'd give these ago but man they are so tight trying to get on over my MTB shoes though and these are the biggest size they come in.

On a side note I would like to thank everyone that has contacted us, asked after me and the legend. We are fine and will be blogging and riding more soon.

till the next ride, bee safe.....

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

"It started with Brompton" Book

A week  ago I got a little package from overseas from Bella who asked me for a email interview and photos of me and the legend for a book "it started with brompton" she was writing for Korean Brompton users

Bella had asked me many moons ago and I quiet honestly forgot all about it. Bella said that she would send me a copy of the book when it was finished and here it is as well as other awesome stuff.

I have to say I was very touched and was a true honor to be asked to appear in print. It always surprises me when people ask for photographs or say that have heard of our adventures.

Package from Korea
Opened up the package and found a really good quality book "it started with brompton" with pop up cards with Bromptons & a leaf bookmark.

The quality of the print is the best I've ever seen.

These are photos my friends have taken while I have been at events in "full" Legendary mode as it where. I'm almost ready to order huge prints cause the difference from seeing them on screen to seeing in print is well LEGENDARY.

For any of my Korean readers I know there is quiet a few out there please take a look at Bella's websites and maybe even order the book.

To order the book: (Please note the book is in Korean but English version maybe coming soon)


Thursday, 1 September 2016

More legendary? Damn straight

Back in July I found out that Brompton had released the Black Edition Brompton parts that you could buy. Thanks to my partner in crime My Orange Brompton for giving me the heads up.

I always had the plan to change out parts on Bumble B to be black as soon as I saw the Black Editions.

As always Brilliant Bikes came though for the legend as always.
  • Brompton BLACK crankset with 44T "spider" chainwheel
  • Brompton BLACK brake caliper - front - dual pivot
  • Brompton BLACK brake caliper - rear - dual pivot
  • Brompton BLACK brake lever set aluminium (pair)
  • Brompton BLACK headset 1 1/8", steel

I could have installed all this myself but I didn't have the proper time to spend doing it properly. Lucky my personal cycle engineer is near by and was happy to sort my boy out.

Within 5 mins of being in the shop my boy was on the bike stand and getting a worked on. I think they really love BBB and it shows in their work.

Original headset
I had to go back to work & leave my boy overnight but I knew he would be fine. I'd be lieing if I said I wasn't missing him badly. Hoping he wasn't missing me too much but we both knew it was for the best. 

Turned out he needed a little more work that planned. The bottom bracket was basically dead so needed replacing.

New black edition brake levers

Black edition Spider crank & matching 44T Chainring
My guy forgot my custom yellow chainring guard but I had an idea. Why not get black bolts as I needed slightly longer bolts for it to fit on the chain wheel anyways. Abit of digging & he found some. 

It's the little things that matter.

Bling Bling baby
Looking good there Bumble B but if I find some brake pad holders in yellow they will be changed out. ;)

Front Brake Caliper
Turned out the rear brake caliper was also pretty much worn out and dead so it was a good thing I was changing everything out.

Rear Brake Caliper
48hrs later my boy was ready. As always Mamchari Walthamstow did a AWESOME job on my boy.

His back and up to speed as always. I can guess that Bumble B is about 98% finished, just spokes, hubs & saddle rails to be done and the legend will be DONE ! 

til the next ride, bee safe