Test Ride

Hase stand and low-riders

Yesterday I fitted the Hase stand and low riders to the tandem and on waking this morning to a glorious blue sky, thought it the perfect opportunity to take it for a test ride. The stand folds up but is still quite low and Karon was worried about cornering. I said I might get that sort of angle on the track at Calshot but not on the tandem.

Anyway, we decided to head over to The Pot Kiln for some lunch. There are a couple of ridges in between us and the pub, so there was plenty of climbing. Even with the bike not loaded up with all the stuff we will need to carry for Lejog it was hard going up the steeper climbs. We find though, that providing we don’t attack the hills but just progressively drop the gears down into the granny ring and take it easy, we usually get to the top. The thought of a nice pint of ale and some excellent pub food was enough encouragement.

In all we did about 23 miles so it was a reasonable workout, especially as my legs took a hammering yesterday at the track session at Calshot Velodrome.