MY FIRST REAL eBIKE EXPERIENCE
Written by David J Miller
Battling my way up a fire road at Cannock Chase, breathing uncomfortably hard, my heart is pounding and sweat is dripping into my glasses. I can hear the crunch of rolling tyres on gravel behind me along with muffled conversation. It gets closer quickly and a couple goes past me, sat in the saddle having a really nice chat and not really putting in any effort to ascend this brutal climb.
This was the first time I had ever seen an eBike and I remember feeling a little peeved. I reached the top where my brother and mates were waiting. I vowed I would never return to Cannock, I also remarked on the “cheats” that had passed me without trying.
Fast forward two years and I’ve just collected my prize; it’s an eBike, a Haibike SDURO Hardseven 4.0.
I had won a contest to become the new “face of Haibike UK” WOW.
I’ve had a quick spin around their velo park track and a photoshoot but I can’t wait to get home with this thing and go to the woods!
I get home, change quickly and out the door for my first real eBike experience, it's super exciting. I set off with the bike in Eco mode. I live on a hill so normally I’m already blowing by the time I get to the top of the street, but not today. I’m pedalling with the same effort as normal but gliding along at a faster pace, it feels good. Down the hill I go, into the next village and I reach the starting point for my ride, in Yorkshire you are never far from the woods and hills.
After a quick 100 yard section of the rooty woodland path, I reach the first climb and it’s steep. This is a ride I’ve done a couple of times but bottled out on many times because it starts with 25-30 minutes of hard climbs.
Now flicking the bike into tour mode I ascend the first climb with ease. I laugh to myself as I know how difficult this hill usually is for me. Reaching the top I don’t stop (I usually have to), I keep going down a dip and towards the next climb which is long and arduous. This section is also steeper so I hit the eMTB mode, (This mode matches the effort you put in).I feel a surge from the Bosch motor, a rush of power from the bike that can only be described as exhilarating.
It’s the best feeling!
I reach the top, out of breath but not uncomfortably, the smile on my face is now apparent, I look around to see if anyone is there because I must look like a mad man. The best part of the ride is yet to come and my energy tank is still full. I would have usually had it by this point and rest would be required.
Back into eco mode I roll along a flat lane which takes me to the first descent. As the hill forms before me, I start to freewheel. The bike feels planted, it’s heavy and solid and this gives me the confidence to come off the brakes.
... Part 2 of Dave’s first ride and more exciting blog pieces coming soon!
A few pictures from Dave’s ‘first ride’: