Despite heavy rain early morning things brightened up for 9:30 and there was a good crowd considering. First off Andy Easton rang Nycci to say he'd be late. Just as well, because my electric bike was dragging and the pads seemed to have stuck on. Always said washing bikes was a bad idea. Some TLC from John Durham didn't resolve the problem and thinking discretion the better part of valor. I abandoned the ride for safety reason.
Later that day I took the bike round to John for a closer look. In the process of removing the calipers to check the pads, two lumps fell of my fork where Natural Cycles had fitted a spacer to allow the use of a larger disk. Further inspection revealed worn chain, sprockets and rings. Guess all this is a result of the bike carrying excessive weight and undergoing strain as a result of using the motor. I was hoping that the bike would be ready by the end of last week, but there was a delay in getting the forks so I am looking forward to getting the virtually re-built bike back next week. I will be certainly asking some questions about the robustness of components following the installation of electrics and the spacers.
Apparently, the others had a good, fast ride and were back in Plymouth by one 0'clock. Just as well, because it was just about then that the heavens opened - again!