After Saturday’s gales the weather for Sundays ride was calmer but still fairly breezy and about 14C.. It was a good solid ride. Eight Out meeting at Chichester Cross and Nine coming home. Including 3 “E” bikes!!
At the Cross there was Electric Maureen (Maureen Flint), Linda & Mark (CHI), Electric Alan (Alan Harding) from Bognor, Paul, Mike “The Bag” (Mike Healey with the shoulder bag), Harvey & Myself.
We went out on the Centurion Way and then Cocking, A286 , Heyshott, Petworth Rd. at Heath End Duncton, Stopham Bridge, Now revelation!! Tiffin’s for Tea at Petworth. This has changed hands; much better and far more friendly.
After tea: A272 to Tillington; right up the side of Petworth Park Wall to Lurgashall, Lickfold And then Lunch at Red Lion. Found Chris “The Bell” (Chris Dart Bellringer) asleep on The Green.
After lunch it was straight through Fernhurst, up through Redford to Stedham. More Tea & Bickies Then it was onto Iping Crossroads, Left down to East Didling, Bepton, Cocking and Singleton. Then we split: 5 over the Downs & 4 on to Chi via Centurion Way. Cold, dry and windy. Only incident: Linda became bored climbing out of Tillington & threw her chain “Out the Cot”. Mike “ The Bag” took a couple of Pics!
It was 57 miles from and back to Chichester. Average speed for Sam was 12.9
Words by Sam (with nickname translations in brackets from Edwin) Pictures thanks to Mike Healey
PS Picture below from Edwin’s visit on Saturday to photograph Storm Hannah at Newhaven
Alan has added this report on his new Electric Bike –
Yesterday was the first ‘Real Ride’ on my e-Bike
I bought a Giant Road E = 2 pro a couple of weeks ago from the Giant store in Shoreham by Sea. I rode it home a distance of some 24 miles. I didn’t switch on the power until I was about a mile from when I thought that I should check that it works.
Yesterday I set off on a club ride which started at Chichester 7.5 miles from my home, which I did without switching on the power. Three of us on the ride had electric bikes.
From Chichester Cross we rode to the Centurion Way, the base of an old railway line. This has a gentle climb (referred to as a false flat in racing circles) with a small kick up towards the end of the first section. I have done this section countless times over the last few years at a reasonable speed. Sometimes I drop down a gear for the kick, but most times just honk over the top without changing gear.
The electric bike is a very different kettle of fish! I started to drop back from the group and had to switch on the power to keep up, the extra weight was taking it toll. Weighing in at 25kg that’s probably twice the weight of the Specialized road bike I normally use.
Not having ridden it on a long ride before I kept a careful eye on how much battery power I was using and switched off the power whenever I could.
The motor switches off at over 15mph so on flattish roads when the peloton got moving, I was pushing harder than I would normally have to too keep in the group.
The E Bike only comes into its own on long steep hills. There are four power settings and I used eco the lowest setting whenever I needed to. On most club rides I will use my Specialised road bike and only use the E Bike on long rides over the downs.
It’s going to take some time to get used to it. Door to Door 74 miles with 3,900 ft of climbing.