Good News Everyone!
On Tuesday a box arrived in the post. What did it contain? New tyres (or is it tires?) for the Brompton!
I ordered them as a well-earned present for the bike, for all the hard work put in almost daily, getting me to and from work and about on various errands (including dashing around campus from meeting to meeting) …. and because the back wheel was virtually worn away. What’s the big deal about this? Well, they’re reinforced with kevlar, and so the bike should be very happy about this. Kevlar tyres will lower the probability of punctures (although I’ve been blessed with the low number of two puncture incidents over the time I’ve been using the bike, including taking it off-road, and one of those was not really as a result of debris picked up from the road, but sidewall pinch from the far-too-worn rear tyre).
So last night saw me taking all the wheels off the bike (because of the ingenius folding design, it is a somewhat different process to take off the back wheel than you might be used to from those Big bikes – and you get to appreciate close up just how cleverly the bike is put together) and building new ones. I then reattached them, cleaned things up a bit, and road-tested everything this morning after the rain. Here’s the B all proud of its new shoes and ready for action:
I think it’s trying to tell me I should go for a visit to the beach tomorrow, don’t you?