Saturday, 19 May 2018

Queenscliff and back, two Dyson bikes!

Guess what? Mr Aggy has bought a Dyson ebike! And not because he can't ride long distances, but because it is more fun on an ebike!

He bought the the Dyson Hard-Tail Evo with the 15 mA battery. This is larger than the Mixte and has hydraulic disc brakes.


So, to test it our, we decided to do the Queenscliff rail trail run again.

Here are the bikes at Curlewis.


Sharp-eyed readers will notice that I have replaced my original pack rack and bag with this one. It is a Topeak expandable bag with two panniers. It slides onto a track on the pack rack, so it doesn't list to one side when the Basil bag is on. I really don't even need the Basil bag when this is on.



At Queenscliff, the odometer on my bikes was showing no bars lost.


On the way back, we saw a snake on the path! I've never seen a 'wild' snake so close before.



After the fright with the snake, we stopped at the Range at Curlewis. This is a great facility which is accessible off the bike path! Perfect for a snack and a beer or wine.



All up we did 82.9 km.

I had two bars left on my Dyson, Mr Aggy had four bars left! Really great performance by the Dysons.







2018_03_15

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Queenscliff and back

Well the first big ride on the new Mixte was Geelong to Queenscliff and back.





This is me all set up ready to go. Not sure if you can see it, but when I bought the bike I upgraded to the  Satori Animaris suspension seat post. I also put on the ergonomic grips.


I also bought the Azur expandable trunk bag, but to be honest, I'm not a fan. It is held on with velcro and when I put on my Basil pannier bag, it tips over. I'll look for a better system, I think.

Poor old Mr Aggy was using legs (like a fool 😃), so while I was enjoying an easy ride, he was pedaling hard and watching the track like a hawk, as it was a bit rough in spots. I was trying to ride on level 1 or on no assist on the way to Queenscliff, as I wasn't sure how the battery would go.

At Queenscliff, we stopped at the old Esplanade Hotel, now totally revamped as the Queenscliff Brewhouse. It has a number of different areas, one of which is a really good deli with local produce. There are a number of other areas as well as a whisky bar, for those so inclined, but this wasn't open.



On the way back, we were riding into a headwind. Not so bad on the Mixte, but Mr Aggy found it annoying. On the way back, I was riding mainly on Level 1 and Level 2 with some Level 3. As you can see, I could have used lots more battery as there was plenty left after 74.6 km. 

Great work Mixte!


(I'm a bit delayed in posting this, but I'll be better I promise!)

18_02_24 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Long time, new bike!

Well, it's been a while, but I finally got back into pedelecing, only to have my Gazelle die on me. First the battery charger went ($230) and then after one charge, the battery died. I was really annoyed by this and I decided not to spend another $1,000 on an old technology bike.

There was a total of 3500 km on the Gazelle odometer so it cost more than $1 per km - bummer!

However, every expensive cloud has it's silver lining. After researching ebikes, I bought a Dyson (no relation to the vacuum company) Hard Tail Mixte.

Here's the link here: https://www.dysonbikes.com.au/products/hard-tail-mixte.html. However, I upgraded to the 15 MA battery as I wanted the maximum range possible.





Here's why I chose the Dyson Hard Tail Mixte:
  • I wanted to be able to keep pedaling over 27 km, and the Mixte has 9 gears, so I can do this easily. (In fact, I can get up to around 32 km/hr limited only by my legs!);
  • I wanted to be able to do long distances, and I should be able to be around 100 km on this;
  • I can ride it unpowered, even up hills (but not really steep hills!);
  • The motor in the back makes it easier to handle than the Gazelle's motor on the front wheel;
  • It has mountain bike tyres. (Actually I wasn't sure about these originally, but they are really wide and very stable, so I am more confident riding, especially on gravel.
  • It's tyres are easily changed, unlike the Gazelle.
  • It is more like my non-powered bike.
I LOVE IT!