Sunday, 17 March 2019

E-bikes cope with snow and ice pretty well

The ride this morning which I did solo, I don't think it would have been very enjoyable on a non e-bike down to the conditions which consisted of ice and frozen snow. The e-bike gives you the power on climbs to attack icy sections with a bit of speed and lay off the power when you hit the sketchy bits.

I had to stick the bike back up about four times to take the photo as the strong wind kept blowing it over!

With the camera positioned on a convenient post I managed to take a reasonable selfie to display my new bright green helmet, handy in case I fall into deep snow, it should show up quite well!

This clumsy looking bit of kit is my homemade stand for keeping the e-bike upright while I was the mud off it. No marks for style but hey it does the job and cost nothing!

A rubbish week of weather again ending with snow on Saturday which turned to ice on Saturday night, but at least I did get some miles in on Sunday morning. On the plus side its to improve this coming week so hopefully a bit more e-biking to be had!

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Using the ebike to tow an acoustic up a hill

The towing in operation using the “patent pending” tow rope of two inner tubes tied together to give a bit of elasticity during the operation! Mark achieved a PB on one of the climbs with me towing him! (Saves waiting at the top of a climb for your fellow biker)

The weather at the start of the week was a complete contrast to how it ended, this weekend has been the first for a very long time with no biking and the bad news is that the forecast for the coming week is no better! Can’t wait for Spring to get into gear....

Saturday, 2 March 2019

A quick short taste of Spring..... but that's about it...

If Summer this year is like this I'll be out every day on the e-bike, this was Monday when temperatures reached a record high for Scotland in February ( it'll never last!)

Wednesday and the heat must have gone to my head because I went out on the acoustic bike.... jeeez was it hard going after the e-bike, I was almost home before I got used to the lack of oomph!

Even the snowdrops out in the woods were wilting!

Friday and things were cooling down a bit and I was back on the e-bike and making it to the top of Allermuir at that, the best thing about solo e-biking is you don't have to wait around for your fellow riders to catch up at the top of the climbs....unless they're on an e-bike as well of course!

Saturday and it's back to normality again, some rain through the night to enable us to slip and slide here and there but the short spell of good weather has certainly whetted the appetite for summer time.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Nearly drained the e-bike battery twice now

Out last Friday with Dougie who's fitness is at a peak these days, he suggested a route that was going to be a hard one on a normal day let alone a day like last Friday when it was blowing a gale! Well at least I was electrically assisted!

The last lung bursting climb for Dougie up the aptly named "Puke Hill" though he did manage to avoid the indignity of puking when he made to the top, where I was smugly awaiting him having the assistance of the e-bike to combat both the hill and the gale force head wind, which incidentally seemed to be a head wind most of the way round!
On arrival back home I was down to the final bar on the battery display, I reckon I probably had about 5 miles in eco mode still left but it was still a relief to get back with e-power!

Sunday morning and we were off again with a 7am  start from Innerleithen bound for first of all the summit of Minch Moor and then along the Southern Upland Way to the Three Brethren which stand high above the Tweed valley. This time Barrie joined Dougie and 
me and most of the first 10 miles was in thick mist.

As if on cue the sun broke through the mist as we arrived at the 3 Brethren and after the obligatory photos we set off down the tracks to Yair

One of the highlights was filming Dougie crossing the partially finished bridge over a stream, he was subjected to loud shouts of encouragement to fall off complete with bike but annoyingly made it over unscathed!

The finale to the climb up the notorious zig zags was Dougie celebrating a clear victory over Barrie who claimed a bad chest cold as an excuse (he'll never live this picture down!)

We arrived back at the cars at Innerleithen with me down once again to the final bar on the e-bike display and this time |I doubt if there was much more than a couple of miles left in the battery, I like to think of it as a well judged ride!!


Sunday, 17 February 2019

The ebike takes on the Kirk Road climb

None of us has ever managed the Kirk Road climb without a bit of hike a bike at some point in the climb so I was interested to see how the ebike (and myself) would get on. The track from the main road is an easy peddle to begin with but ramps up quite steep further on.

This section was still pretty easy going but the real challenge wasn't far away!

This was where the ebike came into its own, climbing up here was relatively easy and Barrie and Clive were forced to get off and push,

Barrie was the first to appear over the final tricky little climb and had to admit that when it comes to climbing an ebike takes a bit of beating. Another interesting discovery today was that the battery seemed to have a lot more reserve in it with the higher temperatures we experienced today compared to the sub zero temperatures of the last few weeks, we covered 28.5 miles today with a fair bit of climbing and I reckon with careful management I could have coaxed at least another 20 miles out of it.....roll on the summer! 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Just how easy was that with the ebike?

From sticky mucky tracks

to steep grassy climbs to the top of Capelaw Hill, the ebike takes them all in its stride!

Leaving Barrie toiling behind on the hard climb up the Goat Track in the Pentland Hills this morning, the roles are reversed now!

Up Allermuir Hill as well on a cracking crisp winters morning

Finishing off with the steep descent into bright sunshine on the descent from Black Hill!

A reversal of roles now that I'm riding an ebike, not so long ago I lagged behind and Barrie had to wait on me, now its the other way round ....and boy, am I enjoying it!!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

A short blast of winter, then back to normal....

The week started with hard frost and no wind in our neck of the woods while other parts of Britain suffered heavy snowfall. This photo was taken on Monday and the air was crystal clear.

Harris the Great Dane who I'd met 2 days before with his owner, a gentle giant if ever there was one


By Friday there was snow on the Pentlands and the ebike comes into its own on snowy tracks with the wider tyres and the ability to do a climb at speed and slacken off when needed, Dougie and I did a loop in great conditions, dry snow and brick hard underneath.

Today Sunday and the cold spell is nearly over so out with Clive and Barrie to have some fun in the snow. Clive used his old bike with ice spiker tyres but to be honest they weren't really needed as there were only a few patches of bare ice about


The ice was even thick enough on Threapmuir Reservoir to indulge in a bit of "biking on ice", there's no danger of drowning as the water depth is only 9 inches maximum at this part.Already the clouds were gathering and by the time we got home it had gone from heavy snow showers to drizzly rain. Who knows what next week will bring weather wise!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Trying out flats to try and regain my confidence

After my big off I lost a fair bit of confidence in my ability to get a foot down when things get a bit tricky, so in an effort to counter this I've bought a pair of flats to see if this will help.So far I've not invested in a pair of matching shoes relying instead on an old pair of tatty trainers to do the job. I've not had an occasion to really find out if they'll do the business yet, but who knows, it might happen on the next ride!

A slight covering of snow when I was out on Monday, just look at that sky!

A great view from the top of Capelaw of the Pentland Skyline

In contrast yesterday could only be described as DREICH!!
A strong wind and rain the whole way round the Winter Loop!

A bit of illegal wild flower snaffling today! I like to think I'm saving them from probable global warming for future generations to view in my garden!!