Professor Dawes. Now take twenty two paces in the
exact opposite direction from the point that you entered
the fiets park. Here you will see a recycling bin
for aluminium. You will find that the left hand hatch
on this bin is open. Carefully search within. The
item that you will find is extremely volatile. Set
the computer on it to zero and travel exactly 1.65km
onto the Zandvoort track and then stop. Do not use
lights. Await further instructions. Die Bromptonaut.>>
later Dawes was carefully peering within the recycling
container. Slowly his eyes began to adjust. As they
did a shiver ran down his spine.
terrifying folded shape of a matt black Brompton unfolded
before his eyes. This was what Die Bromptonaut had
lured him here for. To cycle a bike which for all
he knew could be his last. Worse was to come though.
Something seemed very strange about this bike. The
pedals were stiff, as if locked against something.
No, that wasn’t it. The evil bastard had given
him a fixed wheel Brompton, a bike that could throw
him off if he made the slightest mistake. He had even
removed both the brakes!
this (and finding out how to reset the bike computer)
was going to push Dawes to the limit. Die Bromptonaut
was now in control and making Dawes dance to his tune.
Reaching into the pocket of his trusty Endura Harris
Tweed All Weather cycling jacket he felt something
comfortably familiar. In his hurry he’d forgotten
to leave his personalised titanium cycle clips behind.
Yes, they were cycling accessories and a half.
matter now though. If Die Bromptonaut wasn’t
going to play cricket, neither should he! His confidence
rose as he put them on and gingerly mounted the machine
that had been sent to torment him.
in a dark corner of Zandvoort, Lucycna and Dr Moeller
sat inside the black M7 UltraTandem Velomobile. Virtually
invisible they watched as Dawes emerged wobbling on
the diminutive bike. “A Brompton, Mijn God.
You’re friend Professor Dawes seems to be having
some difficulty riding it too. Could this be the one
with your M7 hub?”
kept looking at Dawes. She felt scared now - his cycling
ability on this was even less than the Flevo Oke Ja.
And that was saying a lot. What was the problem? A
Dutch two year old could do better.
released the brakes and the velomobile silently started
to move forward imperceptibly. “Doctor Moeller
- there is something wrong - Dawes can’t stop
pedalling - Die Bromptonaut has given him a ‘fixed’
bike. The poor man - I hope he can stay on.”
to be continued