Bonk

SO today was the big day, I'm not in great shape I still weigh in over 200# & I haven't been getting my 20 miles a day more than twice a week. I went to Williamsburg VA & rode the eBike back to Richmond on the Virginia Capitol Trail, 52 miles.

I made it about 42 miles & my legs cramped, they siezed up so tight that if I didn't have the bike to lean on I'd have fallen over. It took a couple miles of walking to stretch them back out enough to slowly ride the last bit into town.

The total ride was 3 hours 40 minutes including a stop for coconut water & a fig bar... walking for at least 20 minutes. It's not impressive & I'm definitely not proud of my performance but, I am proud of the bike which made the whole trip without the battery going dead... it was very close to dead at the end. 52 miles of a mostly steady slight uphill grade ain't bad for a 1/2 Kw battery on a 500watt motor pushing 265# of bike & man... now to get my legs in shpae so they don't bonk either.

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Comments (14)

  1. noahbody

    Progress is good. You can get yourself in shape. Important thing is the bike is living up to your expectations.

    July 12, 2016
    1. Munkyman

      Ayup, I’ve been keeping myself in “fair” shape to do these tests so that they’re closer to what some real life riders might be able to expect & to see that riding conservatively up a slight grade the average person can expect their legs to give way before the battery.

      July 12, 2016
      1. noahbody

        LOL! That is a helluva way to put it.

        July 12, 2016
  2. SEC

    the journey of a 1000 miles begins with 1 step

    July 12, 2016
    1. Munkyman

      but, not a cramp.

      July 13, 2016
      1. SEC

        that would throw a Munkywrench in the works

        August 28, 2016
  3. monicaspeaks

    Bonk. Well done

    July 13, 2016
    1. Munkyman

      Thanks. It proved the point to me that I hoped it would, that battery will generally outlast the person pedaling as long as the person puts a sincere effort into it.

      July 13, 2016
  4. tulakrystal

    I think that the effort that you have put into getting into shape is wonderful. You can do it!

    August 28, 2016
    1. Munkyman

      It was actually work getting back out of shape.

      August 28, 2016
      1. tulakrystal

        Awesome. Swimming and yoga seem to be helping me stay in good shape right now along with vitamins and a healthy diet.

        August 28, 2016
        1. Munkyman

          I was focused on getting more realistic range results for someone who isn’t as avid a rider as I & I didn’t have the cash to build a second bike & put it under a test dummy. So I ate my way through the holidays & rode very little between range tests. Now I’m back over 100 miles a week, which I need to be doing so that I’m ready for the next test, climbing mountain that is the site of an annual hill climbing race, so I have a time to shoot for.

          August 28, 2016
          1. tulakrystal

            That is awesome and good luck to you.

            August 28, 2016
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  6. claudiameldrum

    I don’t really get what you are talking about. But about the big day I was also pretty curious but then I ended up staying at home because of some personal reasons. But I have heard from the http://customessaysreviews.com/ that the big day was great fun.

    August 04, 2017