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!
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.
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