Cold and Hilly
By user12625760 on Dec 16, 2007
I got out today for the last ride before this year's Santa run next week (meet 9:30 Sunday outside friendly Triffids in East Molesey. All you need is a bike and to be dressed in a Santa Suit). Six hardy individuals braved the cold for what turned out to be a very hilly fifty mile ride around the Surrey hills. The hills included Newlands Corner, The hill that goes part the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and White Down plus some smaller ones that were just in the way. It was a beautiful, if cold morning and mostly the roads were free of ice. The exceptions to this were just by the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and as we went through Holmbury St Mary luckily neither patch resulted in any falls.
The ride however was unfortunately not without incident. One bike decided that a spoke was going to let go while climbing White down and then when the rider tried to get back on the bike, not an easy task on a 1 in 6 hill, he managed to fall off. By the time I had ridden back down the hill to see where he had got to he was back up but resorted to pushing the bike to the top. We keep saying he should get some new wheels, ideally attached to a frame with brakes, gears, pedals, handlebars, stem seat pin and saddle all attached. Ie a completely new bike. I do hope Santa is listening.