Trek £1800 bike test
Since Easter I’ve been desperate to cycle back from Goring to Crawley Down.
I’ve also come to realise my Electra Townie 8 was never designed for serious bike rides.
So on Saturday morning I popped into South Down Cycles in Goring, and asked about the chances of a realistic test on a mountain bike.
No problem, “Come back after lunch and we’ll put some pedals on that one”.
That one is £1800 worth of “hard tail” carbon fibre machinery.
Initial impressions were
a) Wow this is light!
b) I’m not too struck on the “Ape Man” riding position.
After a quick quiche in Sea Lane Cafe I left Roz and Carina, and started pedalling.
Heading east through Worthing town centre I was still not entirely comfortable with the bike.
The disc brakes proved very effective every time the lights changed.
A short while later I was on the shared pedestrian and cyclists path all along the sea front, heading towards Shoreham.
I get infuriated by some of the pedestrians who meander along with three dogs, and no leads, and not a care in the world.
I was glad to cross the Adur and head north towards Steyning, and get the big gears turning.
Whoosh, using my “local knowledge’ I missed the town centre and rattled along towards the Cat and Canary on the outskirts of Henfield.
I can’t begin to tell you just how satisfying I found that pint of Orange & Lemonade.
In all probability I’ve never had a more satisfying drink!