: Call That A Bike?
3rd December 2015
that a bike? sneered Tony, whilst nursing
the broken shoulder that hasn’t yet healed
fully from him being blown over on his 950cc
least he didn't damage his tattoo.
Tony, yes it is a motorbike of sorts although
it is probably better described as an electric
motor assisted, pedal-powered bicycle.
were in Grizedale Forest on an inclement day preparing
for our Christmas special outing. There were thirteen
of us but only ten electric bikes to hire so the unlucky
(?) three- Tony, Pete and Graham volunteered to go walking
were three types of mountain bikes available-
full suspension, front suspension and
one girlie bike complete with pannier
who was awarded that one?
didn’t mind until I realised that it
was underpowered compared with the others
and had thin hybrid tyres rather than
the thick knobblies enjoyed by my colleagues.
least my bum would stay clean.
went the BIKERboys
into the forest with Andrew leading and me acting as
tail-end Charlie. We quickly got used to the power system.
Your right thumb controls a standard set of rear
wheel derailleurs whilst the left activates a rocker
switch that selects the electric motor power- ranging
from off, eco, medium and high. It was similar in many
ways to a having a triple clanger. You have to
pedal or the motor switches off. More disconcerting,
the motor is limited to 16 mph so when on the charge
you suddenly find that your support has cut out. Probably
a wise safety feature although we did hear of someone
defeating the cutout and being able to achieve 44 mph!
The most I achieved was about half that.
forest trails were rather muddied thanks to the rain
and the fact that they had just been used for car rallying.
Fortunately a piste-basher was on its rounds removing
the worst of the bumps.
from Mike, who had problems with his gears locking and
had to return to base, I think we all enjoyed the tour
round the forest trail, despite the dampness of the
returned to the café for lunch determined to
have a second expedition after pasties & chips.
However the rain set in with a vengeance and the
enthusiasm evaporated. Let’s leave it for better
weather, we agreed.
and pals were already in the café when we arrived.
When we asked them how far they had been into
the woods, they confessed. Their total expedition
had been from the bike shop to the café. A
challenging fifty yards.
that a walk, Tony?
Thursday 4th December
In the evening we had our now traditional
dinner, at Infusion in Kendal, at which the BOOTbabes
are invited to come along and dine at a separate table.
Sounds chauvanistic but it works well and Infusion did
their usual excellent job of serving fine food with
My apologies for the photos. I didn’t take many
and most of those were pretty appalling. Somehow
the camera seemed to have focused on the ground in front
of me rather than the heroes on the trail. Or
I had water on my lens. Excuses!
3rd December 2015
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Bikers: Andrew, Don, James, John Hn, Martin
Cn, Mike, Philip, Stan, Stuart, Terry
(?): Graham. Pete, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1539 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
can navigate to the required report via the Home
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