I...will...stay...ahead....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Arch, 18 May 2010.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Pulled up at lights this morning behind a lady on an electric bike - not a pedelec, but one with a throttle that goes without pedalling. Overtook her as the lights changed, she was slow off the mark.

    But then she caught me up as I got onto the riverside path. Knowing she's limited to 15mph (she's not pedalling at all), I'm determined to stay ahead.

    I did, I bloody did! Although I was just managing 17 and she was right on my tail.

    Nearly killed me, but I hope I've perfected gasping for breath without it being too obvious...:smile:
     
  2. Archie

    Archie Errrr.....

    Missed a trick there Arch - you could have easily wheel-sucked the 'leckie at 15 m.p.h. :smile:
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Heh..heh...well done....... (are they limited to 15 - must remember.....).....

    Electric scooters are easy to out accelerate, but you never know when they are behind you - you can't hear the 'nnnnnr nrrrrrrrr nrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr' and then they sneak past....:smile:
     
  4. They will do more but only if you pedal as well,I thought about getting one last year when I 1st got back into cycling but know I'd have relied on it far too much,so glad I got a 'proper' bike.
    Well done Arch,bet you weren't able to talk for ages after:biggrin: I got caught up by one of my colleagues this morning half way up my 'killer' hill,he asked me something and my response was 'can't talk til i get to the top':biggrin:
     
  5. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I've never yet seen anyone riding one on my route :smile:
     
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Tell him..... "If you can talk you ain't trying hard enough........." :smile: (once you get to the top......)

    PS is that Stockport/Bredbury or the steeper Stockport Brinnington....
     
  7. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Just goes to show we are not all slow old fogey's.:smile:
     
  8. Bless you for saying that:biggrin: it's the steeper one,still kills me 1 year since I 1st started riding,he makes it look too easy for my liking,though I did out sprint him near work(mainly because I didn't tell him we were racing:biggrin:)
     
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    It's meant to kill you...... 1 year ago you would have been slower..... hills are the same...hard...you just ride faster.............

    Decided to take the Garmin 705 today (1 cos I am fed up at work, 2 cos the battery on the cateye is saying low, and 3...... cos I felt like seeing what actually goes on with HR on the commute....:angry:)....

    Average was 150 ish...... max in the 170's and the hard bit, was the drag up to home......170 plus all the way up.... it don't get easier, but the guys I passed at the bottom must of felt I was cheating.........:smile: I max out at about 192 these days....... (for a 40 year old)......:ohmy:
     
  10. A year ago I was walking up there and having a drink and rest at the bus stop outside the school:blush: Never tried the Bredbury way believe it's longer drag but not as steep,few lads at work prefer Brinny hill so I have stuck to that route.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Nah, I can always talk*....;)

    I have a lot to learn about electrics - we're launching an Electric Bike magazine in August. It's a fast growing market. And a good thing too, I think - better someone gets an electric bike than becomes another motorised box inhabitant. Although I prefer the idea of those where you have to pedal for the motor to work - the European requirement. That way, you get the benefit of the movement, even if you're putting in little or no effort.

    *Actually, I was once half way up the hill out of Berwick to Longridge for a Bikerite event, and a fellow attendee pulled alongside and introduced himself and asked my name. Taking my silence for reticence, he apologised for being too forward, so I had to gasp "I'll... tell... you... at... the...top..."
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Arch.........loads of Di2 in that magazine then...I NEED some of that.. ? ;)
     
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I suspect that's electric powered bikes, not electrically shifted gears.
    (Don't get me on the topic of electric gears. I mean, why? Why?)
     
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