A tootle and a different pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Keiron. He knows that I like trees as well as bridges.

We had a busy day today with not much time to take photographs as we went about. In the morning, we went down to the bike shop in Longtown and brought two bikes that fold up neatly enough to fit in our very small car, one in the boot and one on the back seat.

We have been thinking about this for a long time, so it was good finally to do it. The car is far too small to fit our two ordinary bikes in, so if we want to find new routes to cycle, this was the only solution. We went and had coffee and a scone at a nearby garden centre to celebrate.

There was time for a quick dash round the garden before lunch when we got home. The slightly warmer weather is bringing things on.

We hadn’t taken our new bikes out of the car, so after lunch we drove a few miles up the road to Bentpath and gave them a test. Could we lift them out of the car? (They are quite heavy) Could we remember how to unfold them? Would they be comfortable to ride? Would the electric motors work?

The answers to all these questions were, “Yes.”

We did a brief six mile circuit by way of Enzieholm Bridge, and found that in spite of their small wheels, they handled very well, and the electric motors provided sympathetic and not jerky assistance. As you have to pedal to get the electric assistance on these bikes, there was no freewheeling along, and we felt well exercised by our outing. I couldn’t stop to take many pictures because if I did, Mrs Tootlepedal disappeared into the distance as you can see from today’s header picture. That was taken when I had stopped to snatch a picture of Westerkirk Church.

We folded the bikes up successfully, packed them into the car, and drove home feeling that we had made a good purchase.

I had another quick walk round the garden when we got back, and found a little wild flower growing on the middle lawn.

In the old days, I would have found this an insult to my lawn keeping skills, but these days, I regard it as a welcome addition to the colour in the garden.

I also found an almost undamaged magnolia flower.

We unpacked the bikes from the car, and charged the batteries while we had a cup of tea. All this took quite a bit of time, with instructions to read and new equipment to check.

I took time out to fill the feeder and watch the birds.

There were plenty to watch in general . . .

. . . and I was pleased to see more redpolls arriving . . .

. . . as well as a greenfinch or two.

Then I turned my hand to making and baking some figgy rolls. These were to have with a cup of tea in the evening after the members of our recorder quartet had finished playing. The other three players arrived on time, and we played our way through half of another box of quartets from our library. We found plenty to enjoy, not least a Bach fugue.

The flying bird of the day is a siskin threatening a goldfinch. I notice that like a recent redpoll, it is ringed too.

Footnote: The new bikes will not mean that I am going to stop riding my normal road bike. There may well come a time when I will find electrical assistance essential, but I hope that that will not be for a while yet. In the meantime, we hope that the new bikes will let Mrs Tootlepedal and me get away from our immediate and well cycled roads for some more interesting outings from time to time.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “A tootle and a different pedal

  1. I’ve thought about getting an electric bike but that’s as far as it has gone. A friend has one and he says it goes right along. His doesn’t fold though.
    It’s nice to see daisies again, and clematis buds.
    I hope you both have a lot of fun on those bikes.

  2. Folding bikes sound like a fine idea to allow you to explore further afield – I’m sure you won’t regret the purchase for one minute. My husband bought a second hand folding bike (but not an e-bike) to put in the back of his small plane. He’s been caught having to walk into town from some rather remote airstrips, and finally got fed up with that. There’s a “bike for all seasons”, it would seem!

    Lovely floral colours, by the way. Heartening, compared to what we see out our windows again 😦

    1. I am sorry to hear about the unwelcome reappearance of snow. I like the idea of packing a folding bike in your aeroplane. Life is on a different scale in Canada. 🙂

  3. You took some very nice action shots and portraits of the birds. The flowers are lovely. Spring is coming along, slowly. I had wondered whether the Tonga volcano might have affected weather patterns and contributed to cooling, but the experts are saying it will not, as it spewed comparatively little SO2 . We had another cold and variable weather day here again.

    The folding electric bikes look like a sound purchase. You and Mrs. Tootlepedal will be able to conquer new territory on them, and I look forward to the pictures.

    1. I hope that we actually manage to put the bikes to the purpose for which they are intended and don’t just use them to potter about the neighbourhood. 🙂

  4. A full and very rewarding day for you both, plus it made my day to see my picture of a tree in Ystradgynlais in your post. I am intrigued to see your purchase of pedal assist fold up bikes. They sound excellent. What make are they? I’d like to have a look in detail on line. Currently, I have to carry my Pioneer on the back of my Yaris, with all the possible bad interventions I have experienced in the past. The worst being the occasion some vandal cut the retaining straps part through on the bike rack, causing my trusty Pioneer to fall on the road during transit. It was only luck that the bike wasn’t seriously damaged. A fold up with pedal assist may help me get back to commuting all the way to and from work. Plus finding or getting to new cycle routes would be an extra bonus. Cheers.

    1. Evolt Confort Electrically assisted Bike. It is a folder and thus pretty expensive but as we roughly speaking haven’t left the house for two years and we haven’t spent much money, and I have cycled a lot further than we have driven over the past three years, it seemed like a good buy.

      1. Just had a look online only(sadly, I’d love to see the real thing) the bike of my dreams. A “Thorn Nomad Mk3” a snip at £3710.00, and that’s without an electric assist!

      2. I am a lucky man and in appreciate it. But I lead an abstemious life with no smoking, drinking, eating out, or holidays at the moment and we have only driven 9000 miles in three years at a very cheap rate compared with petrol so I have been able to save on my pension.

      3. Ebike and Ecar seem the way forward, but I cannot abide the wind or solar farms. Not only are they an eyesore but they do terrible damage to large migrating birds.

  5. How exciting buying those wonderful bikes. Look forward to reading all about the new bike adventures of Mr and Mrs T! Love the silver pear blossom- what a stunner!

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