Since we bought a section near the beach last year I’ve been wanting to find out how it would be to bike down the beach to the nearest small town which is 15 Km away by road. It’s only 5 Km away along the beach, which is also unfortunately a legal road so cars and motorbikes can go that way.
Today the kind folks at Southend Cycles changed my clip pedals back the the normal pedals the bike came with for me. I’d bought tools to do it myself, but the pedals were too tight for me. It took a couple of minutes but they didn’t even charge me. Every time I go there I get fantastic service!
Now, with normal pedals, I can ride wearing sandals and ordinary shoes.
The sun was shining, there was no appreciable wind and it was a perfect day, so my friend Chris and I set out to see how far we could go.
It’s a bit odd riding on hard sand — it definitely offers more friction than the road, but it was an incredibly free experience knowing there was no need to worry about traffic. And the scenery was excellent too.
Our return ride was a smidgeon under 10 Km and took slightly less than an hour, which included a couple of water stops and two trips wheeling bikes along the track across the dunes.
By the way: thanks to Runkeeper for their free tracking app.