Yes, I have managed to rent a Brompton folding bike for a large portion of my trip. Yes, it will have panier-like things into which I attempt to stuff many days of clothing. Yes, it will go on trains. Yes, it will stay in hotel rooms. Yes, it will be folded and unfolded and photographed and ridden like crazy.
In preparation, I took the $100 cycling shop gift certificate my former colleagues gave me and got a pair of “kickers.” These are capri-length bike shorts. I took out the padded liners, which I do not anticipate needing on an upright bike (in fact, they are more of a detriment than anything). Instead, I’m, unfortunately, going to try to appreciate their “quick-drying” properties. Rain is in the forecast.
I have also sewn myself a small quilted camera “pocket” for my camera, as there will be no way to tote around my clothing, tablet, coats, accoutrements, AND a camera bag. In fact, I’m leaving my second lens at home and traveling with only my Panasonic 20mm pancake lens for EVERYTHING. This feels very daring, let me tell you. Despite the fact that I use this lens for 90% of my photography anyway. So quilted camera pocket it is.
Just two more days and I’m over the pond! Yipe!