How To Make Your First E-MTB Adventure Ride Brilliant | Isle Of Arran E-Bike Ride

How To Make Your First E-MTB Adventure Ride Brilliant | Isle Of Arran E-Bike Ride


– Steve’s always going onto
me about getting out there and actually going E mountain biking, get away from the bike parks,
get away from the jumps, actually go out there and
explore the big mountains, but today, I’m headed to
Scotland in Miniature. This is the Isle of Arran
and it’s going to be my first E mountain bike adventure
ride so I want you guys to come along and enjoy the experience. (upbeat music) We’ve just arrived on the ferry across from the mainland
to the Isle of Arran. I’ve done a bit of research on the island, and it does look amazing
for mountain biking. There’s loads of good trails here. I’ve checked it out on
the Strava heat maps, Google maps, everything like that and I’ve even brought along
an OS map along for the ride, but I’m not too sure, actually, how to use one of these things. Probably good for drying my
tears a little bit later on or eatin’ my chips out of later. So I’ve called in my good
friend Martin Steele, he’s an Scottish adventure-style rider and he knows this area really well. He should be along any
minute now hopefully. In fact, here he is now. How you doin’, Martin, you all right? – Hey, Chris, how are you? – Yeah, good to see ya. – Yeah, welcome to Arran. – Well thank you very much. I’m looking forward to it. It looks amazin’ and it’s
not even rainin’ yet. – Not yet, no, Chris,
though we may be feelin’ a little bit of rain later on. – Well I hope not. What sort of ride you got
in store for us today then? – The weather’s not too bad,
so let’s head up Goatfell– – Yeah, Goatfell.
– See how– – Yeah, see how far we
get towards the top, probably could get up to about 650 meters. If you’ve gone up, you’re
welcome there again. – There’s going to be some hike-a-bike? – A little of that hike-a-bike. There’s some pretty nice riding. – Yeah? And Goatfell’s the biggest
mountain on the island, is it? – It is, yeah. – I’ve seen some stuff online
and it looks pretty epic, so. Do you want to take this? – I’ll take that. – And let’s get into it then. – Excellent. – Two batteries going to be enough? – Definitely a two battery day. – Cool, all right, let’s go. (serene music) I cannot believe how
amazing this island is. You know, just here you
see seals to the right, I’ve seen an otter. What other stuff we going to see today? – Well, if we’re lucky, we might see one of the eagles on the island. There’s lots of golden eagles here. – Golden eagles, wow.
– And some seagulls here as well. And who knows what’s in the water. – There’s loads of midges around as well, so let’s get movin’. (serene music) – So here we are, Goatfell Summit and the top of the big mountain. Is this the right way? – Yes, this is where it starts to get a bit more mountainous, so. – Thank god, I’ve had
enough of the road ride. I thought I brought the
wrong bike for this. – A little bit too much
for that, but I think this is probably where the road
runs in and the actual trail starts.
– Mountain biking begins. Nice. Looks pretty cold up there, though. – Yeah, so I guess, probably
a good rule of thumb is every 300 feet up you go, you drop one degree in temperature, so. – So you’d need to be wearin’
the right clothin’ then, yeah? – In Scotland in summer. – Definitely. What do you reckon, 10 minutes in turbo mode to get up there? – Let’s see how we go on. We got about 650 meters to climb as well in the two hours to the summit. – All right, go on then, lead the way if you know where you’re goin’. (serene music) – Yeah, a couple of tourist
eagles over there, Chris. – Tourist eagles, nice. Probably waitin’ for us to
drop dead pushing these bikes up the mountain and eat
our carcass, I’d imagine. Did you pack the D-fib? – Um, no, but I’m okay for CPR
for a few minutes at least. – I had a whole camembert
for my dinner last night so I’ve got a whole camembert
pumpin’ through my veins, so this hike-a-bike
definitely isn’t much fun. (upbeat music) So you’re using a map then, Martin. How do I know how much further we’ve got to climb up
this climb, you know? I’m lookin’ from the sea level up to the top of that mountain. I’m guessin’ we’re kind
of about halfway up. – Yes, we’re coming up
from like zero meters above sea level where
we started the climb. We’re going to be topping
out just about 640 and at the moment, we are at
350, so almost halfway there. – [Chris] So it is over halfway. – [Martin] Yeah. – Sweet, so. A bit more pushin’ to go, yeah. It’s really important
to check out the type of trail you’re going
to be ridin’, maybe try and have a look on YouTube or somethin’, maybe some head cam
footage or walkers’ footage from the actual trip itself. Thing is, with the gradient
here, it’s not actually that steep for an E bike,
but it’s how technical the trails actually
are with the rock steps and things like that. You’re simply not going to have pedal because the trail’s kind of cut in as well it’s got washed out so pedal strikes. And the way the rocks are actually steps make this really hard
work on even an E bike so I’m afraid it’s time
to hike-a-bike on this. But if the whole road was like this, there would be pretty
much no point in doin’ it. You’d be out for a walk with a bike, so it’s really important
to check those trails out. (serene music) Now when the trail gets super technical, just pushin’ your bike like
I am is really hard work. You’ve got all those steps. Try and bounce your bike up as well. It’s a really good way of doin’ it. It’s a hike-a-bike technique. Now we’ve done a few videos on it before, but the way you do it
is just drop that pedal down to six o’clock,
get on your desired side you want to pick the bike up. Also remember to turn
your power off as well just to make sure the
motor doesn’t kick in. Grab the forks, grab the seat tube, big long lift up onto your shoulder. That way it makes gettin’ up
these steps a lot, lot easier. – Here’s our river river
crossin’ to come up next. – River crossin’? This looks pretty fast flowin’. I think give me some
stream-crossin’ tips then, Martin. What we got? – Yes, Chris, the obvious plain choice isn’t often the one you want to take so let’s pick our route
through this really carefully, make sure all our pockets are
done up ’cause we don’t want to lose anything in it
and it’s downstream, and let’s pick our way across this region. – So are we pushin’
across or hike-a-bikin’? – I think we’ll push across
and then you can use the bike as a tripod as you go. – Nice. ‘Kay, I’ll follow you and I hope we’re not going to fall in then. – Okay. (soft rock music) – So, Martin, if I remember
right, that sign said two and a half miles to the summit. We’re nearly two and
half hours into this ride and we’re still not there. What’s goin’ on? – So when you’re coming
up something this steep, you’ve got to factor in
the terrain, the fact that we were pushing and
carrying all the way up this. – Yeah, this is more of a walk. – It’s more of a walk at this point. – Yeah, yeah. And obviously conditions
are pretty nasty up here. I mean, visibility, what
would you do if this like cloud level set in a bit more? You know, we’re on quite defined track, but I mean it could become not that clear. – Yeah, this is the point in having like a proper map with you really helps. There’s a few, if you’ve
navigatin’ from a mobile phone and your battery runs out,
you’re pretty stuffed up here. – It’s always wise to bring
an OS map along for the ride. – Yeah, and also know how to use it. Don’t just bring one with you. Be able to locate yourself on the map and know which direction you’re headed. – I was going to say somethin’ to dry yours tears off in later on. – Exactly, yeah. (mumbles) (dynamic music) – We finally reached the summit and it’s been a hell of a ride. Well, a bit of a push,
a bit of hike-a-bike, you name it, we’ve been doin’ it. It’s been pretty hard work. But it’s all downhill from here. And I reckon we’re
going to kick things off with this big rock kicker here. Look at all these rocks,
perfect transition. What’s this about then? – So this is a cairn, Chris, so this can be used as a navigation aid, but the good thing about this
one is it’s marked on the map and we know that this
is our turning point. We’ve come up from one
side, we’ve hit the cairn and now it’s descending all
the way back down into Brodick. – Descending all the way down. That’s what I’m into. (soothing music) This trail is actually crazy. I’ve never ridden something
so technical and for so long. Rock fields, you know, it is crazy. What’s the technique
for this then, Martin? – So I think coming down this way, you’ve got to concentrate on
where your front wheel’s going and trusting your back wheel’s
going to follow you down. – Yeah, really lookin’ ahead
I think is definitely key. I think makin’ the shape
of every rock you encounter as well as the bike suspension,
and I think momentum definitely really helps,
keepin’ the momentum in the wheels keeps you firin’
able over this rough stuff. As soon as you slow down,
I’m feeling like I’m gettin’ bucked and jacked all over the place. I think momentum’s definitely key. – Yeah, definitely. If you start braking into these sections, you start losing momentum
and then you’re probably going to go out the front door. – Yeah, you always got
to be really careful for those tight-like pinch gaps. I know there’s quite a few
rocks that have got those edges that are just dying to
rip your rear mech off as well as the water bars. That’s why I think it’d be quite easy to pick up a flat tire here. That’s why I’ve said line
choice, lookin’ ahead, momentum is going to make
stuff like this a lot easier. (upbeat music) Whoa. Now that was pretty insane. Downhill all the way through
that tech rocky stuff and then (mumbles) through
the forest as well. That was amazin’. A bit more muddy down here, though. – Yeah, definitely muddy and a little bit of midge in the trees as well. – Yeah, the midges. I’ve got bitten a few times. But that was pretty cool. So what’s next? I’m pretty hungry. – So I think we should head down to town, get a bite to eat and then do
a little bit more exploring. – Yeah, definitely, I’m way up for that. So if you haven’t brought
a spare battery with you, now is your time to get
your battery on charge. Just try and be a bit
friendly to the cafe owner or pub, wherever you go into. Maybe give ’em a little
tip, stick your battery on charge and get it topped
up for your next adventure. (serene music) Well, we just finished up
lunch here at the cafe. It’s really important to
schedule in a lunch stop on those big, big rides
as well ’cause it’s all about managing your battery,
but if you get tired before your battery’s done, it’s
not going to be a good day out so schedule in a lunch
stop, get charged up, get a few drinks in and it’s a good chance to take a look at your route as well. We’ve done a bit more route plannin’. I think Martin’s got something special in store for us after this. – Yeah, I think this time
we’re going to go ’round to Glen Rosa, which is
kind of behind Goatfell where we were previously
and just have a little look and see how far we get up that track. – Nice, we don’t want to
miss our last ferry, though, so we have to keep an eye on the time ’cause that last climb I think took us two and about half hours to get up. So if this is any bigger,
we’re going to be swimmin’ back and I don’t think the E bikes are too keen on the water, are they? (soft rock music) So, Martin, let’s take a look inside this mountain biking sporran. Is that the right word? – Yeah, it’s close enough. There’s a fair amount in here, so it may take a little while. – Okay, I just want to see the essentials for these big days out, you know, like what we’re doing
today up in the hills. – A spare battery. Here’s some extra
(mumbles) clothin’ in here and an extra dry pair of gloves. You had a map, but I’ve also got a map. – And it’s waterproof as well. – I got a waterproof map. – A compass. – Multi-tool. Chin loop and the compass
has a whistle attached to the other end of it. – So if you ever get lost. – I’ve got a tubeless
repair kit, some little bags of nuts and bolts, some extra brake pads, a few yards of hazard tape
so in case you had a group and somebody had an accident,
you could close off the trail so nobody can come rolling through. – Yeah, that’s a good idea. – Paralevers, all the stuff you’d expect. Some more clothing, a waterproof jacket, first aid kit, a little
splint in case you need it to sprint your arm, you
can hold it under there and then splint your
arm with some bandages. Some braking gear cable,
a pump, obviously. I’ve got some spare inner
tubes and most importantly, I’ve got some Scotch eggs. – Scotch eggs’ll keep you topped up. Now that’s a hell of a kit, isn’t it? Well, that bag was
definitely super impressive. You know, that is the best bag I’ve ever seen for mountain biking. You said it’s kind of
like the kit you’d have if you were a mountain
leader, is that right? – Yup, that’s right. – It’s the bare minimum. But we’ve got half an hour
left and that ferry, I think, should be comin’ into port pretty soon. (tranquil music) We go back to where it all
began first thing this morning. We’ve done an absolutely amazing day out there in the mountains. It’s been absolutely epic. I want to say thanks, Martin,
for an amazing day out and it’s definitely whetted my appetite for these big mountain adventures, so expect to see me on a hill near you with Steve Jones real soon. But if you’ve enjoyed today’s video, don’t forget to subscribe to
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one back from the island so we’ll see you soon.