I'm getting the hang of things, pulling away from standstill is OK, but not on a steep incline (toppled over with a soft landing of nettles...).
Hill starts on a 'bent are like steering on a trike: there's nothing particularly hard except
for habits you may have got in to on a "normal bike", and in this case it's often a tendency to pull on the bars. On an upwrong that's to help you push down
on the pedal, but on a 'bent like the SMGT, which has much lighter steering than a typical upwrong, all that pulling hard on the bars achieves is have you veer off course.
The trick is minimal steering input, so try a very gentle grip on the bars (more of a rest than a grip, just a couple of fingers on each hand), and maybe try a gentle push
on the bars. The point of that is simply to concentrate your mind on not pulling on them. And the usual advice, look at where you want to go, and not at what you're doing (if steering is going wrong you tend to look at the bars: it doesn't help!).
With no pull on the bars you can push back on the seat and off you go
steve6854 wrote:Hill climbing is hard work, any decent slope and I'm into bottom gear struggling - I hope this improves with practice and as strength improves. I can only compare it to permanently climbing stairs!
There's no getting round the fact it's a heavy bike, but a lot of it is about getting your muscles used to a slightly different action. I've had mine for nearly 20 years but I still need to get used to climbing after I've had time off (I only use it for long leisure rides), but it does come and when it does you can chug up anything in the granny.
steve6854 wrote:It quite a thing to get used to 30mph (downhill) on a flying deckchair. Quite an intimidating experience. But Sooooo, comfortable, no aches or pains after the short rides (15miles or so).
It doesn't take long before you'll be happy with what an absolute monster descender it is. When I first got mine I took it on a "shakedown cruise" around Arran, and coming down the String road across the middle I was enjoying the fresh tarmac and going very fast. Came around a bend and... the fresh tarmac stopped and there was a pot-holed ruin ahead of me on a bend. I really thought I was doomed but the bike just cruised through it. So that was a lesson in the point of full suspension.
With the low centre of mass and no real danger of going over the bars, coupled with reasonably wide tyres and powerful brakes plus that suspension, you can really let it rip on the downhills. If I'm out with our local CTC group, which has quite a few riders who are fitter and more experienced than me and ride racing bikes, nobody can touch me down twisty downhills.