- August 17th 2017
On Saturday 29th July, to celebrate our Barbour x Brompton collaboration, we invited four leading cycle enthusiasts to try out the clothing and our limited edition Barbour x Brompton bikes, at the FreeCycle Ride in London.
This was an opportunity for everyone to have a go and cycle safely around Central London on closed roads, passing key landmarks along the way.
Duffy, Janna B, Ian and Victoria are all keen cyclists and write and photograph all things bike. None of them however had ever ridden a Brompton bike, so it was a new experience for everyone!
We began the day by making sure everyone was fuelled up by having breakfast at the beautiful Dean St Townhouse in Soho. The menu was perfect for a day in the saddle with everyone choosing from porridge to eggs to beetroot hash.
With plenty of food and coffee on board, we walked over to Brompton Junction in Covent Garden to collect our Barbour x Brompton bikes. As they were folded up, we first needed a lesson on how to unfold a Brompton bike and how to fold it back up. It’s incredibly easy and simple to do once you’ve got the hang of it! And after a few goes, we were all experts in the task! (or thought we were).
Having posed for photos at the front of the store, we headed to the Strand to join the cycle route, which you can join at any point on the 8 mile course. As soon as we saw a gap in the cyclists coming around the course, we stepped in with our bikes and we were off! It was wonderful to see so many people cycling, families having a day out, groups of friends enjoying the scenery, people on tandems and even some Penny Farthings.
The route goes past some of London’s finest landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral with its magnificent dome, Mansion House, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. One of the highlights of the route was going under Blackfriars Bridge and dropping down onto the Embankment. Cycling along there on closed roads is very special and you get stunning views of The Thames, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before turning to head up to Birdcage Walk and the Mall.
When we got to the Mall, we headed for the Brompton hospitality area to drop the bikes off. The weather had been typically British, with both rain and sunshine along the route, but our Barbour x Brompton jackets proved they are fit for purpose and kept us all dry.
We folded up our Barbour x Brompton bikes, took on some refreshments and then headed for home, happy and content after a great day’s cycling.