I had to visit a customer and very handily- It was in Eastbourne. Eastbourne is my local Seaside town about 6 miles from where I live but it has a reputation for having one of the oldest populations in the UK. Lots of people Retire here so the highlight of the week is taking a walk on the one fine day that it is not raining.
Back to today. I had to take the coast road and there is one 16% hill that I do not like riding. Not the hill but it is very narrow and I do not like having Buses and trucks alongside me struggling to pass me and get up the hill. Right on the steep part of the hill there was a cyclist- going very slowly. He was riding and not pushing but he looked about 80 and he was riding a trike- but he had his dog well trained. The dog was a collie and instead of a collar- He had a harness on. There was the Trike- being pulled up the hill- Husky like.
Then I got to the zigzags, which is part of my gentle hill climbing route. This is an easy climb but does look daunting. Right up the top there there were two Youngsters- about 20/25- pushing their mountain bikes up the hill. Hotly pursued by an older female- At least I think it was a female- riding her single speed Moulton. Now I would not like to ride a single speed up this hill, but to do it on a small wheeled bike like a Moulton up is plain stupid. Then down onto the front and plenty of older riders about- All heading for the ZigZags. Must have seen about 20 of them- All on Moultons.
Had time to pop into my LBS and I mentioned the Moultons and apparantly- this has become the bike of choice for the OLD generation in Eastbourne. They want a bike for exercise but they all live in Flats (Condo's I think you call them), They have trouble storing a bike in the flats so they have got onto the Moultons, or the moulton type. A fairly lightweight bike that they can get into the Lift and once in the flat- It folds down to a compact size.
So it looks like the Weekly Zimmer frame races are over with- From now on it is Riding the hill up the Alpine road at the end of the Front