Day: July 6, 2011

bike loan (BikeBoost)

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Wednesday 6 July

Picked up my loan bike for the BikeBoost challenge.  It’s a Raleigh Urban 2, I found it on various bike shop sites probably a 2010 model.  Fully set up for commuting with full mud guards, lights, rear rack with one pannier, puncture outfit and I’m kitted out with helmet, reflective waistcoat and reflective trouser bands.  There’s also a U-lock to stop the bike disappearing!

Cycled home with it – the first long trip on a bike for ages (several years) .  Went across Manor and down Stradbroke to get home.  A few testing hills but got the hang of the gears and managed fine.  Traced the route on mapmyrun and its 7.75 miles / 12.5 km or thereabouts.  Getting up the first hills into the Manor took 25 mins, but the overall journey took 51 mins.  And I was coasting most of the downhill bits rather than pedalling in a big gear ‘cos I hadn’t figured out the chainring changer until the end of the run; I was clicking it the wrong way, effectively shifting down instead of up 🙂

Resting tomorrow (back on the tram to work) and have a trip to Leeds on Friday, but I feel good about using the bike for commuting most of next week hopefully.

I have to load journeys and post comments on a BikeBoost website to record my participation in the challenge.  I’ve got the loan bike for 4 weeks, and have to return it between 10 and 12 August.