super scary, glad you are ok!
I took the bike in the back of the van to work with me today, so that I could nip up onto the South Downs after work for a little ride to the chip shop in Newhaven.
I'm disappointed in the elevation gain, as it somehow seemed hard today. Having said that, I had been outside working all day, so anything would have felt hard.
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The start of the ride didn't go well, and this was only about the half mile into it point!
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Things improved shortly after, and the rest of the ride was a good mix of reasonably dry off road conditions, plus a small amount of interlinking roads
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On a very negative note, I came across this sign on one wooded section of the ride. Oddly this is something that has very much been in te back of my mind over the last few weeks of riding, and I have been riding extra cautiously.
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Eddie J-Great picks from the UK it looks like. I am in the USA. The landscape there in the UK looks breathtaking!Out for yet another after work on the South Downs during the week. Another glorious summer evening, with hardly anyone else around. Perfect.
I frustratingly took another tumble, this time whilst riding along a wet chalk rut that had been created by a farm vehicle. Wet chalk is as slippery as ice to ride, and without warning I lost the front end of the bike, and ended up cutting my knee on flint that was protruding through the chalk. It wasn't so bad, but cow poo also got into the cut, and it has now become infected. I carry a very comprehensive kit with me when riding, but two things that I didn't have were wet wipes and hibiscrub. Note to self on that one.
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In relation to the Macina Lycan, I am off to the Swiss Alps in two weeks time, and have been trying to decide about which bike to take with me. After a lot of thought, I am going to once again take the full suspension Lycan.
With this in mind, I have decided that I had also better pull the bike down, and give it a thorough service. Items such as chain and front sprocket, brake pads and brake fluids will also be replaced irrelevant of condition. I don't want to take any chances, and as I got through a set of brake pads in just 200 miles and a rear brake disc the last time that I was there, I'll also be taking spares of each with me.
One other more major thing that I have done, is that I have also swapped the motors of each bike. There is very good reason for this, as I want to use the hardtail Macina Race for wet weather muddy rides, and the exposed motor cases on it, aren't as well sealed as on the Macina Lycan. There is a Bosch plastic sticker, on the cases of the hardtail which wouldn't be easily transferred, so the easiest option was just to do a quick swap of motor.
Removing both motors, also gave me the opportunity to carry out routine maintenance and checks to both units.
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