Monday 27 May 2019

Bank Holiday Ride with Mr Orange

So with today being a bank holiday Mr. Orange invited me for a short ride along the Thames river in Central London starting off at our favourite starting point The London Eye. The weather proved to be a little windy and but we would be cycling most of the time and wouldn't feel the chill.

Going underground

Taking B on  ride
Unlike other times we have arranged to meet up i was actually DEAD on time to the second. Yeah I was a little shocked at this and i had to wait alittle while before my partner arrived.

London Eye
As my partner arrived we exchanged hellos and hearty hand shakes and got underway towards O2 building. As always while we cycled we caught up on the latest regarding cycling, bromptons and cycling gadgets. 

As always we stopped off at a big London land mark to take a few photos.

I have to say it felt like old times and I finally felt my old self returning. We also talked about upcoming rides which me and the legend will be doing our  best to try to get on.

Tower Bridge

This cruise ship was abit of a surprise for my partner but I have seen cruise ships a few tiems along the Thames but even i have to say this one was a little different..

Random Cruise Ship
Not long after cycling along the Thames we came across Greenwich Foot tunnel

The orginal plan was to cross over the Thames using the Emirates Skyline but we spotted this cool looking Emirates Cafe / Shop which was open and hardly had anyone in. We stopped and have a snack and there was some lovely looking cake son display. After a previous cake ride I still had the taste of cake and had to sample, for science ofcourse.

With North Greenwich station close by we decided to call it a day, people where starting to come out in herds now and would be better to head off back to base before the really big rush started up.

Once again I'd liek to thank my partner Mr.Orange for inviting me to another little ride around this great city of ours and ofcourse for the great company.

This saddle has seen some mileage
Looking at that last picture I really should get my finger out and replace the saddle with the new one that my good friend Alan gave me several years ago. Love you Alan x

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

Sunday 26 May 2019

“Revenge of the cakes” Tour de Carbs

One thing that has always gone well together has been cake & cycling. Because your was cycling you have no guilt in having the odd cake or 2 along the way cause you knew you could burn it off later.So bikes and cake go together so well.

So when the Tour De Carbs ride was announced and lead by Paul Ratzker

So meeting up at bird cage at Kings Cross we started to gather. Most of the bromptons I haven't met before but a couple that I have met before where greeted with hugs as always.

The Gathering
After a brief safety talk we set off. I kind of naturally fell into the back marker role as I noticed a few of the riders may not be used to London traffic.

Yeah a big bike but she was cute so forgiven ;)
Our first stop
Dominique Ansel: this Victoria located bakery serves up the ‘Cronut’, a cross between a croissant and a donut.

The "Cronut"
We were lead not too far to a local park where we could enjoy our purchases.

Matching colours

OMG I'm in love with the "Cronut"
Next up,Maître Choux: outrageous blinged-up eclairs. After we get them we can sit down to eat them in the nearby Soho Square.

Before I could purchase my eclair I had to make sure the Bromptons where parked properly, my OCD was kicking in big time.

Once again we headed to a park close by to eat. mmmmm

A peanut butter eclairs

Does my butt look bigger after just a couple of cakes? :D

Cake bum? 
Ottolenghi: this Islington based bakery is famous for its meringues, we can take our cakes to a nearby secluded square to eat them. 

This leads neatly on to the nearby...
Hanbury Arms: a hidden away pub with stone baked pizzas and plenty of room for our Bromptons.

I think was in abit of a coma by this point ahd didnt get any photos of the pub. I didn't have a pizza either as i was still stuffed.

For my first LBC Ride in along time it was a nice relaxing time for me a good way to ease into it. I did miss some of the core LBC members but i know it time I will see them soon.

BIG thanks to everyone attending this ride and also to  Paul Ratzker for planning and leading the well thought out ride. Kudos my man Kudos.

til the next ride, bee safe x

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Review: Belkin IQ Wireless Charging Pad

A good while ago I got myself an iPhone 8+ a HUGE upgrade from my tiny iPhone 5C

The iPhone 8+ can be charged via USB port or with a charging pad. I'm always breaking the USB cords for charging so I thought this time end I'd spring for the charging pad this time round.

I saw the Belkin IQ Wireless Charging Pad and thought I'd have a go seeing as buying a new USB cable for my iPhone 8+ is pretty expensive these days, for a good quality one. For £30 thats like 3 apple cables, maybe less.

It comes with a USB cable to power it and that's pretty much it. I've used it for about 2 weeks now and from what i can tell it charges the same rate as the cable maybe even faster. It even charges though my case so i don't even have to remove it to charge

The only niggle I have with is is that the phone has to be perfect in position for it to charge sometimes. Just a different way to charge your IQ enabled device

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