Although I worked three days between Christmas and New Year, I had 18 days off over the holiday period and yesterday was the first chance to ride cross country to work.
Having said that I got all dressed up for the weather and at the start of the first track, took quite a lot of it off as the temperature was showing 7* degrees. It was a great ride in, though there were many more people about getting their lock down exercise fix.
I use a tring, tring, bell, and got two comments of warm appreciation from walkers I passed.
Another stop for a picture and to lose another item of clothing, exercise does warm you up. After bragging about my new 2.35 tubeless mud tyre coping with a really difficult section last time I posted, I could tell it would be very difficult today so missed it out.
This section is part of my winter route which is both very beautiful and avoids a lot of mud. Sadly one of the few proper demanding single track sections has been lost by a land owner blocking it off. I now have to use much less fun tracks to get around their massive surrey pad. I do now drop into a small section of a rocky right of way as compensation before rejoining my old route.
The 10 mile road journey home was around 01:30 in the morning and definitely a bit nippy. The tyres made some quite alarming cracking noises in places where there was a bit of ice forming. There is a short cut close to home I take that is a residential road and not gritted and felt alarmingly slippy. Still no mishaps.
I followed Dom T's advise and treated myself to slightly more middle assist than normal to compensate for the extra drag of my new rear tyre. I probably used about 5% more battery but was definitely less fatigued.
The only thing about using the higher assist was that I was in my top gear and with 12 teeth this is the least resistant to wear if you push too much power through it. I guess it will be an interesting experiment to see if it starts to jump if I continue using higher assist. The rear cassette has now covered 454 miles.
The whole drive train gets hammered in winter used in the way I do as it gets covered in mud going to work, gets a splash of chain oil on the muddy chain, and then ridden hard home, and then sometimes not cleaned as I am too knackered and do not get the time.
Yesterday was the start of 5 late shifts, so if I ride to them all that is 120 miles, with 70 miles off road and 50 miles on the road with a muddy but oily chain.
Stayed local (to Rotherham) this morning. Not travelling through to Derbyshire/Lady Bower until restrictions lifted. Last time I was up there busiest I, ve ever seen it..
Great 18 mile route near Brampton Le Northern.
Well I am sitting at home on my first day off, of three.
I did take my car to work yesterday as it gave me more time at home with my children.
So I rode to four of my five shifts in the end and rode 94 miles. 54 off road, and 40 on the road. The mileage on the bike is now 12,886, getting very close to 13,000.
More importantly the trips in to work cross country were all fantastic. The bike worked really well, The countryside I travel through is lovely, and the exercise does me the world of good.
Just adding a little higher assist in places coming home overcomes the extra drag of my wide off road back tyre without burning through too much extra battery capacity. I am using about 5% more battery, and get home with my battery showing about 55% capacity left.
The 2.35 back tyre is great off road, adding a lot of confidence inspiring grip, making the on road drag worth the cost.
The beauty of an electric bike is you can overcome the effect of the increased drag by upping the assistance.
I think I will stick with this tyre when the weather warms up as the greater volume of air and ability with the tubeless set up to run at lower pressures also adds some cushioning to both me and my expensive new rear wheel.
Happy new year all.
Was thrown off my bike the other day by a very horrible pedestrian on the bike lane, came crashing down...bike fine new light scraped, but me not so good, fair bit of bruising on my right side, no broken bones though.
On a day off stretch for 8 days so hope to get out and about in these Shropshire hills and countryside for a few miles. Just lucky to have these bikes to de-stress his and hers type thing.
His....then mine (him obtaining a new hardtail merida big e 900 after selling the haibike to my brother, now we have 6 shimano batteries and 2 motors).
Hi Dom T, very sorry to hear about your brush with an aggressive pedestrian. The jump to a physical assault can happen very quickly it seems these days. I hope you are feeling better soon.
I am on a short run of three early shifts, with progressively 1 hour later start times each day. Yesterday it was forecast to rain hard so I took my car. Today I rode in on my £100 second hand rear hub electric bike, 10 miles each way on the road.
Despite having to get up earlier and be very organised I feel so much better in myself if I ride to work. It was a nice dry cold day in Surrey today and just right for cycling. My £100 second hand bike had 500 miles on her display when I got her in late 2018, and now has 2,280.
I plan to ride in tomorrow for the last of these three early shifts before just two days off and then back onto late shifts and my lovely off road route into work on the Haibike. Depending on how many shifts I am able to ride to, The Haibike might crack 13,000 miles.
Not ridden for near 4 days, desperate to get out, just felt too sore, then as we are both nurses we got our vaccines and I reacted as I normally do to vaccines, very badly. Whereas my hubs got a headache and a sore arm, I got the full on flu feelings with a high temperature all the shivering you could do and felt pants. Shame it was a perfect day to get out on my Voodoo.
13,000 miles that is great riding and a great bike...would you buy another haibike GH as and when needed ?
Welcome Sunstoner, looks like you had a nice day out.
John, happy new year to you, now that looks like fun.
DC hi too.