I broke my personal rule and despite the fact that the clocks
don't spring forward until next week I was out on my summer bike. So
this was the first real test of the fixed
ergo lever. This did mean I had to do pedal swapping early in the
morning as I discovered my Look Cleats is broken.
Lots out for this weeks ride. We were heading to Henfold Lakes
again, via Polseden Lacey and the zig-zags up Box hill. However
after getting over the Polesden Lacey hill a few of us took the right
turn for a run up to the top of Ranmore Common and then back down,
just for some added “fun”. The idea was that we would
catch the rest of the group after going over Box Hill somewhere
before getting to the Cafe. However the others had be lured into the
Tea room at the top of Box hill for a cuppa and were waiting
Whilst there a missing member of the group texted to say he was in
or would soon be in the Cafe at Shere. So we had a change of plan
and decided to go back down the zig-zags, though Dorking and then
blast along the A25 as a group to Shere. Not often we just go up
hills only to come straight back down again and today we did it
The plan mostly worked except the climb after Westcott split the
group into two. However we did all arrive at the Cafe at about the
same time to find our missing member (Prance) waiting. Service in
the Cafe was so slow we almost gave up on it and then were late to
had to rush back over Coombe Bottom to Molesey.
On the way back we passed a cyclist who used to ride with us so I
slowed to chat to him. By the time I looked up the group had gone so
I cycled back with him and offered him break from riding into the
wind, but this did mean taking it easy. So I took the long way home
from Molesey as I was late anyway.
Not sure what the milage the group would have had since they went
a different way back from me. I ended up doing 63 miles at 15.5mph.
Nice ride if a bit chilly when we stopped for those like me who
decided shorts and sleeveless shirts were
the order of the day.
The Ergo lever was great, leading me to believe that it had been
broken for a long time, gear changes are now very precise and if
anything the lever is too stiff. Due to the pedal debacle I also got
yet another test of the pedal
reflector modification which stood up well so I think that is
I'm hoping to do a 100 on Good Friday if I can find some equally
mad people to pop to the coast and back.