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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby scotia » January 18th, 2019, 2:40 pm

After yesterday's experience I'm still going to argue for heated handlebars (and pedals).
I decided (unwisely) to try out my e-bike as transport to my fishing loch. The 7-piece rod is contained in a hard tube of about 55cm in length - so it was easily strapped to the rear carrier with a bungee cord. I wore my flotation jacket/fishing vest and a haversack containing my waders and assorted fishing accoutrements. It was a bright day, after a frosty start, and there was still ice on the puddles up the farm track, but the ford was ice free. The bike got me to the loch without any problems, and on donning my waders, I attempted to fish in near arctic conditions. First my fingers froze, then my toes, and as the sun dipped down, so did the rest of my body. Then I had to start back on the bike, and it was agony, with progressively more of my appendages freezing. When reaching home, the unfreezing was even more painful than the freezing.

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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby Clitheroekid » January 18th, 2019, 2:47 pm

scotia wrote:The 7-piece rod is contained in a hard tube of about 55cm in length

Was it a Hardy Smuggler by any chance? I only ask because I use one, and it's a really excellent rod.

And you omitted to mention the most important aspect of your trip - did you catch anything (apart from pneumonia!)

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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby UncleEbenezer » January 18th, 2019, 2:53 pm

Once upon a time, when I had both bike and motorbike, I learned about winter riding. The exercise of cycling makes all the difference between regular gloves and fleece being adequate, vs freezing even in much more expensive specialist gear on the motorbike.

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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby scotia » January 18th, 2019, 5:05 pm

Clitheroekid wrote:Was it a Hardy Smuggler by any chance? I only ask because I use one, and it's a really excellent rod.
And you omitted to mention the most important aspect of your trip - did you catch anything (apart from pneumonia!)

I'm afraid I work my way through light multi-section rods, due to impatiently pulling snagged casts out of heather. I remember once, having trekked into the depths of Assynt, I continued (with some success ) after breaking (and discarding) the top section. So its usually Daiwa or Shakespeare rods - whichever seems to be priced reasonably at Glasgow Anglers.
And no - I didn't catch anything - apart from the cold. We are predominantly a Brown Trout Loch - stocking annually with 2000 Brown Trout around the 1lb mark. But in high summer when the Brownies tend to sulk, we add about 500 Rainbow Trout. Until recently we only allowed fishing during the Brown Trout Season, but we now permit winter fishing for Rainbow Trout - only from the bank, and only with de-barbed hooks. Very few member take up this offer, but I was keen to try out the equipment (including the e-bike) that I plan to use on a visit to Assynt in June. I should have waited for a warmer day!

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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby scotia » January 18th, 2019, 5:18 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:Once upon a time, when I had both bike and motorbike, I learned about winter riding. The exercise of cycling makes all the difference between regular gloves and fleece being adequate, vs freezing even in much more expensive specialist gear on the motorbike.

I added to my discomfort by freezing my toes in the waders, before putting my cycling shoes back on, and by getting my gloves damp. In normal cycling I can usually keep my toes in a reasonable state by ensuring they get flexed. My thumbs are the main problem - when wrapped round the handlebar, the circulation is restricted - so I end up placing the full hand on top of the grips when cruising on the straight sections - but, of course, I need to re-orient my hands when braking is required or the track is badly rutted and/or twisty.
I can remember freezing when travelling as a pillion passenger on a motorbike in my youth!

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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby cartsman2 » January 20th, 2019, 7:48 am

UncleEbenezer wrote:Once upon a time, when I had both bike and motorbike, I learned about winter riding. The exercise of cycling makes all the difference between regular gloves and fleece being adequate, vs freezing even in much more expensive specialist gear on the motorbike.


I've done both fairly extensively (have commuted by 2 wheels all year round for most of the last 20 years, though exclusively pedal-powered for the last 10). You can definitely get away with a lot less insulation on the bike due to the amount of heat you're generating. The only times I've really struggled with cold on my commute were heavy rain/sleet at just above freezing. Snow is fine as it doesn't really penetrate, but rain will eventually get into even the best gloves, and then if it's freezing as well you've got problems.

Cycling in big hills/mountains is a whole different matter, a long descent where you're not having to pedal (so not generating any body heat) combined with the winds when descending at speed, can take all the warmth out of you very quickly. Lived in Geneva for a while and used to cycle up into the local Jura mountains. Quickly learned that the layers I needed to get me up were wholly inadequate for getting down again!

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Re: E bike recommendation

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Postby scotia » April 10th, 2019, 11:04 am

An update - I'm still enjoying outings on my e-bike. Yesterday there was a strong east wind, and I met another cyclist (without electrical assistance) who had toiled against it on the outward leg, and who said that he was really looking forward to the return . I sympathised with him, but never confessed that the headwind didn't really bother me since I had electrical assistance. From the canal tow-path I saw three Herons in stalking mode, and many swans and ducks. Most of last year's cygnets have now parted from their parents, but the odd one is still hanging on. I'm also discovering paths and quiet lanes that I never knew existed. But the Jury is out on weight loss. Cycling makes me hungry.


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