When it comes to taking epic bike rides, you don’t necessarily need the priciest equipment. In a new video on the Global Cycling Network channel, former pro British racing cyclist James Lowsley-Williams (a.k.a. Hank) embarks on a 200km ride along the coast from Barnstable to Bath in the southwest of England, on a Eurobike, a cheap £30 (around $38) option from Amazon. And given that Hank has committed to the entire journey by taking a train from Bath down to Barnstable, he has no choice but to complete the entire ride on the Eurobike.
“My first impressions of the Eurobike are not good,” he says. “I’m missing my superbike. It’s a cheap bike, and I’ve got to remember that… I want to make it an adventure, and I want to say that you can have fun on a cheap bike, and you can still have epic rides.”
“As soon as this bike goes uphill, it wants to go backwards,” he says. “These climbs in Devon in the south of England are horrific… When I’m getting out of the saddle and climbing, I keep hitting the gears and it chucks me into a massive gear and I have to start again. The chain’s come off a few times. I need to get going, because I don’t want to be riding until midnight. I have to say, the only best thing about this bike is the kickstand.”
Ultimately, Hank ends up making it 168km with “everything intact except for my legs, which feel like they’ve fallen off.”
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