Last weekend was a busy Bank Holiday for me with a day trip to Southport, a triathlon on Sunday and a Brompton tour of Merseyside to see the Three Queens!
The day out in Liverpool was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year. This was a rare chance to see the three Cunard liners make a return to their spiritual home in front of thousands of spectators along the Mersey.
Taking the Brompton was a wise move as it meant I could zip around the Wirral, fold it up in busy places and use it to ride to Kirkby to avoid the crowds queuing for trains from Lime Street!
First Brompton experience and really satisfied. I needed a bike to cycle all over London for 3 days as I was visiting the city to look for a flat. It was convenient, cheap, the bike was excellent, I had a fantastic ride! Convinced me to get one for myself to be able to go really everywhere.
Thank you Brompton
In March, I travelled to a conference in Copenhagen. To make the most of my trip, I also visited a research group at Chalmers University, where we had a seminar together, to catch up on each other's research. I travelled by train - a multi-leg journey from Manchester to London; from London to Brussels; from Brussels to Cologne; from Cologne to Hamburg; from Hamburg to Copenhagen (with the whole train loaded onto a ferry for part of the trip); and, finally, from Copenhagen to Gothenburg; and back.
I took my Brompton bike with me. It was easy to take along wherever I went - and it was incredibly useful. I had good hour to spare when changing trains in Cologne. So I rode through the sunny city, catching lots of fresh air and loosening up my limbs from sitting on a train for so long. I rode around Hamburg where I spent a few days on either side of the conference. The Brompton took me from Gothenburg railway station to the hotel I stayed at; and from the hotel to Chalmers University. That's a free, flexible, healthy way of getting around - and you don't have to look up any connections or timetables. Similarly in Copenhagen. A splendid city and I would have loved to spend more time there and get to know it better. But cycling around the city's cycling super highways, at least I got to see some of the city and I'm proud to say that I was not overtaken once (the cycling lanes are so broad that there are effectively two cycling lanes and people overtake on the left).
Everywhere, in the UK and abroad, a lot of people started talking to me about the bike, asking what it's like, saying they think it's cool, or just giving me the thumbs up (when I folded it up outside the window of a cafe in Gothenburg, an elderly couple inside clapped their hands afterwards and laughed).
So it's been very useful and I would recommend it to others.