Saturday 30 June 2012

Top Secret: Upgrade Ideas....

I need a little notebook for all the little upgrade  ideas I have for Bumble B. Far to many flooding around in my head the last few days :)

Don't worry no spoilers ;)

Sunday 24 June 2012

London Velonotte 2012: "Adagio For Strings op.11" composed by Samuel Barber

This is the piece of music that was played at the London Velonotte 2012. I get goose bumps every time i hear this piece of music. "Adagio For Strings op.11" composed by Samuel Barber

My ride stats for London Velonotte 2012

Dunno if anyone would be interested in my ride stats for this even but I like to keep tabs on it so I know I'm doing some hard work in training for BWC2012 in August ;)

Time: 4hrs 53mins
Distance: 39.12miles
Average Speed: 7.9mph
Max Speed: 22.8mph

All of that is me riding to the event, riding in the event itself and then riding all the way back home :)

Event: Velonotte 2012: London Edition

Well it started out as a drizzling Saturday night, I finally arrived at the meeting place just behind RBS bank opposite Liverpool Street Station.
Pretty dark corner but then again we are cyclists and light up everything in our path :P Everyone wondering around checking out each others bikes and more importantly what everyone's lighting systems was like. Some really good lights and bikes all round I circled around a few times and spotted a few Bromptons in the mix.
Got a txt from OrangeBrompton saying he was gonna be a little late for the 23:30 setting off time. Replied back saying it looked like they where not going to get moving till atleast 00:00 so should be ok.

OrangeBrompton arrived and we said our hellos and not long after it started to look like we was gonna be on the move. I had no idea where we was going as there was a radio broadcast at the same time and I didn't have a radio to listen in. Turned out a few people had big radios so that you could hear what the people where talking about regarding the places we was going to and their places in historical events.
We pretty much cause roadblocks where every we went as there was that many of us to start with in anycase. The pace was slow & sometimes I think we actually got ahead of the times we was supposed to be at certain points for the broadcast to talk about the place we stopping at to listen in about the places we was visiting.
As you can see in this shot, I was getting pretty soaked by the rain that was light for the most part but kept going on and off thought out the night but I stuck with it. I've said I'm more of a "Fair Weather"cyclist so for me this was truly hardcore for me to stick it out let alone go all the way till the end of the event. I DEFINITELY have to look into getting some better waterproofs & lights, esp a front lights.

At one of our many stops that night, listening in to the broadcast and ofcourse taking photos as best with can.
Went into one of my fav parks that I like to do my training rides in Victoria Park, Hackney. I was surprised as normally its all locked up after 21:00hrs or so. Figured they may have had permission and had some of the gates open.

Actually the gate we was heading to do to out was locked so we all had to turn around and go out the way we came in. Once I released this I shot back as fast as I could before the head of the pack and got these great pics us all shooting past. Liking the wet roads with the reflections on ;)

Once again heading down towards the Regent's Canals system which i normally wouldn't go down as its pretty dark down there but with so many riders and lights it was no problem and I kinda enjoyed riding down there at night.

Can you see all the red tail lights of all the cyclist at this event, pretty cool and not a evert you will see anytime soon esp at night :)

This stop was right outside 3 Mills Studios, someone had a major puncture and need a replacement wheel, with so many cyclist around it was easy to to find and get sorted on the spot with the right tools.

Bumble B was getting quite alot of attention as he always does but OMG look how dirty he looks. A damn good soaking and scrubbing when we get back buddy no problems ;)
And here is OrangeBrompton too, looking just as dirty  but both bikes as well as all the others working hard and doing their riders proud.
 Finally making it to the end point of this event, a concert near Canary Wharf in Docklands "East Winter Garden"

Finally inside getting warm and eating whatever packed lunches we packed to listen to the concert and watch the sun rise outside.

One of the organisers addressing the hard core cyclist that stayed all the way to the end to enjoy the concert that was about to begin.
 A chance to make some final repairs while listening to the awesome concert
 They actually played one of my favitor pieces of music "Adagio For Strings op.11 " by Samuel Barber (Music from the Hovis Bread Adverts)
 A different view point, taking photos of the roof of the hall we was in.
Bumble B waiting outside just before we started our long journey home. Despite the rain it was a fun thing to do, I just hope for the next events the weather is much nicer and I so hope BWC2012 is all nice and sunny too *Fingers crossed*

See you at the next event people.....

Friday 22 June 2012

Brompton Bumble B Ride: Home 2 Work STRIKE DAY!

I need to do more testing with the position so not to get my legs in the way so much.

Headlight upgrade

Did a slight upgrade for Brompton Bumble B this morning. Needed a better headlight to pieced together this from an old light using a CR2032 coin battery so it's alot smaller. This is til I get a SON hub & headlight end of the year.

Monday 18 June 2012

The Brompton Bumble B Blazer?

Oh sweet god. I got a reply to a place regarding the black and yellow blazer. Its gonna be about £179 +vat and takes about 4-5weeks. I have to think about where to get the money from BUT DAMN if they didn't go & send me a teaser pic of it.

How freaking cool is this bad boy?


Sunday 17 June 2012

BWC2012 Blazer, Shirt, Tie & Socks, the hunt continues...

I have a lead on a black and yellow blazer, only thing its £99 (minimum order of 6) emailed asking if they'd make a single as I only want the 1.

Explained about the Brompton World Championships & the colours on Brompton Bumble B, if anything they may be able to point me to a place that could do a single one.

Also most try and find local tailors around my area and see what they say.

PAD: 16th June 2012

PAD: 16th June 2012 by KrazyBee
PAD: 16th June 2012, a photo by KrazyBee on Flickr.

Finally mounted on Brompton Bumble B ;)

Saturday 16 June 2012

GoPro HD Hero2: Trip to local DIY Store

Short test video I made today. I forgot I had the camera still running so you see me going into my local HomeBase looking for a HolePlug for the bottom of my seatpost. Just wish the weather would improve as its REALLY windy out there today :(

Friday 15 June 2012

Nuff said....

Do I even have to say anything about this photo?

I don't think so, nuff said !! :P

Monday 11 June 2012

Little upgrade, more to come....

Finished off another little upgrade to Bumble B yesterday. Looking much better I think. At least now people will have confirmation of my bike's name :P

Sunday 10 June 2012

Event: IG Markets Nocturne London 2012

Was running a little late but was monitoring twitter as I knew My Orange Brompton was going and had entered the Folding Bike Race (I so should have entered myself *DOH!!*) On the tube and got out of Farrington Station as it was practically on the Smithfield's Meat Market door step. Just about found a spot to see what was happening and I heard that the Folding Bike heats was just about to start up.
Union Jack Brompton Rider
1 of the Brompton Factory Team

While watching I spotted the  familiar face or should I say orange socks of My Orange Brompton & waved as he passed with the look of determination on his face ;)

Once each race was over people where allowed to cross the race track so I was looking to try and get better positions for getting some decent shots (next time bring my dSLR & not my P&S) Finally met up with fellow LBC member My Orange Brompton & was watching the other races going on & entertainments.

Live entertainment

A happy winner

Artist at work

Penny Farthing Race
Penny Farthing Race

Penny Farthing Race

While the other races where going on it turned out that My Orange Brompton got though to the finals :)

Then it was time for the Folding Bike Finals

Preparing for the dash.

Getting into "The ZONE!"

Mine is lighter than yours :P

The folded start

BAD ASS Chrome

My Haul of Freebies :P
A very enjoyable day and the weather was perfect for cycling & racing. Definitely going to  enter it next year and I should also say that I'm going to start entering as many races/cycling events that I can get to now. This is the only one that I haven't taken part in this year and I REALLY REALLY should have got in on this one BIG TIME.

Will link to the video I shot with the awesome GoPro HD Hero2™ once I've edited it together. My first proper outing with it so be gentle with me regarding the footage.