Nipped out to collect it at lunchtime and rode home from Evans Cycles (Waterloo Cut) as far as Great Suffolk Street before I realised I’d forgotten to start recording it on my Apple Watch – doh!
Yes, I’ve gone and done it: I’ve bought one of those ridiculous-looking folding commuter bikes, but in my case a strictly limited-edition one with a rather nice paint finish.
When I say “ridiculous-looking” it’s not been one of those bikes that lends itself to too much in the way of ridicule unlike the MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) shots or at least that was until the BBC’s “W1A” satirical show featured them:
Anyway, I’d long thought about riding in to the office on my Carrera Kraken 09 20″ mountain bike but its lack of mudguards, our lack of a shower at the office and more particularly my lack of anywhere to keep a full-sized bicycle safe whilst I’m inside had put paid to that idea so instead I’ve been walking both ways, which is fine in itself other than arriving a tad sweaty in a suit and spending around 35 minutes each way walking the 3½km each way.
The downside of that is my getting through a pair of Nike shoes every year and it taking so long.
By chance a review of Brompton’s new electric bike appeared on my Twitter feed the other day and that got me to thinking about a Brompton as a sensible choice for the short journey, given I can fold it and bring it into my office each day… a la W1A.
So I had a look on their website and decided that they looked quite good, but what colour to specify? Easy: when i saw the Nine Streets limited edition, I was sold.
“Originally launched in 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Brompton Junction Amsterdam. Nine Streets sports the never before seen, special fade finish. The effect is a special fade finish of Red and Blue lacquer which is created using a hand sprayed [sic]. The process leaves a unique finish on each Nine Streets bike, meaning no 2 bikes are the same.
“Nine Streets is produced in the Brompton factory in London. Each bike is handmade with the highest quality craftmanship to create the Nine Streets unique finish.
“Inspired by Amsterdam 9 Straatjesis well known for it’s stylish shops and creative influence, Nine Streets is a nod to the iconic canal-district area in the Netherlands.
“Only a small batch of Nine Streets Edition bikes have been produced…”
The paint job is fantastic, starting with blue at the front and fading into red at the back:
Click on the first image to see it at larger scale.
I’ve gone for the higher-barred H-series handlebar version and a longer seat post for my 33″-34″ inside leg measurement. It comes with the 6-speed set of gears: 3 internal hub and 2 external rings.
It also comes with dynamo-driven front and rear lights powered from the dynamo mounted in the front wheel hub:
As it’s limited in numbers, I couldn’t order one direct from Brompton but found one at Evans Cycles near Waterloo; I pick it up tomorrow. This is the spec.:
- Model: H6L
- Edition: Nine Streets Edition
- Handlebar Type: H
- Gears: 6
- Mudguards / Rack: Mudguards, no rack
- Frame Material: Steel
- Main Frame Colour: 2-tone fusion of Red and Blue lacquer
- Extremities Colour: 2-tone fusion of Red and Blue lacquer
- Gear Ratio: Standard
- Seatpost: Extended
- Lighting: Shimano Hub Dynamo
- Saddle: Brompton Standard
- Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Racer
- Front Luggage Mount: Yes
- Luggage: No
- Bike Cover: No
- Toolkit: No
- Additional info: Unique Serial Number plate
I’ve also ordered a cadence sensor from Garmin to grab a few more stats like on the Carrera onto Garmin Connect.
After torrential rain overnight and in the morning, we went out for run around the atoll.
Yep. Still 71% humidity coming back from the gym after a 5k treadmill run.
71% Humidity running to the air conditioned gym for a treadmill run.
Day 2 here at the DusitD2 Kenz hotel so another 5km-ish
Seven weeks since my last trip overseas with work: same project, different continent.
My first run in 6½ weeks! Away in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on business so after a 12 hour day with a Client, I decided to hit the treadmill in the Park Inn by Radisson
We were supposed to be running a half marathon today in Milton Keynes but simply weren’t prepared, so instead we did a cheeky 25km cycle ride.
9 months since my last cycle ride. 9 months. Oh yes.