East Ayrshire Council are about to open an "Active Travel Hub" at the railway station in Kilmarnock. Cycles will be for hire and today I was given a chance to try out an electric bicycle.
It was a Raleigh Modus with a "step through" frame. It has ten speed gears and four stage electric assistance. You select the right gear to pedal and choose the level of assistance you want. (Eco/Tour/Sport/Turbo) I mostly used Tour on the flat and Turbo for the odd hill. The assistance is unobtrusive - like a hidden hand helping you along. It was most noticeable when accelerating or going up hills. On the flat I was doing 15 mph with little effort. I did nearly 20 miles. The range is about 40 miles.
The start of the cycle route is a disused railway line
On the route
Weird stuff grows in the countryside
Bringing in the hay
Battery pack (below bag)
Riding a horse would be more fun here!
There's always time to snap an interesting bridge
I refuelled here
"Puffers" in Irvine harbour - these ships supplied the highlands & islands from Glasgow in days past.
A carter and his horse
Not a stitch of Lycra in sight!
Next stop - America.