Sunday, 29 May 2011

New Bike Update / Box Hill

I have now had my new bike for about 2 weeks. In that time I’ve done nearly 200 miles.

Generally I love the bike and it is making my commute an awful lot easier and I’m saving up to about 20 minutes each way!

On my hybrid my goal was to average 15 MPH on the way into work which equated to a moving time of just over 1 hour and 10 minutes and a total time of around 1 hour 20 up to about 1 hour 30.
I only managed to average 15 MPH 2 or 3 times.

My goal on the new bike is to average 17 MPH and I have done this twice and it wasn’t incredibly difficult! My ride time these 2 times was 1 hour and 3 minutes with total time around 1 hour and 7 minutes.

The bike is SO much easier to pedal. You do notice a hill or a headwind but just push on the pedals a bit harder and you fly up the hill!

Today I did a 25 mile route on the bike including Box Hill. This is the longest I have ridden on the bike in one go and the saddle was fine. My arms and shoulders did get quite tired as they are still getting used to the new riding position. Generally on my commute my arms are ok so they are definitely getting used to the new bike gradually.

I was pretty pleased with the Box Hill climb today. I did Box Hill last year on an Evans Ride. I say in that blog that the hills were tough and that I was in the lowest gear a lot doing 5 MPH. Today the ascent wasn’t easy – particularly the start which was hovering around a grade of 7 – 8% but I was doing around 7 or 8 MPH most of the time not 5 or 6 (which I know is a small difference but it’s a significant one). What is more significant is that I didn’t have to use my Granny gear at all and stayed in the middle gear for the whole cycle.
The start of the ride was quite tough as I was battling against a headwind of 16 MPH gusting to 32MPH!

Here is the ride details in full:

So, in summary: I am loving the new bike and wish I’d got it sooner!

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