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Old 03-28-2007, 08:58 AM   #3331
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I can't believe I missed this thread. Love all the comments about hills and wind.....and Knary, kudos to you and your wife! Very cool.

I'm an old touring guy. Rode across the country - Astoria, OR to Virginia Beach, VA in 1976, fresh out of college, no job, no worries...on a modified Peugeot PX10. Loved every second of it.

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Wind? Try Kansas, Hills? Not the Cascades or the Rockies, the Appalachians were tougher. They didn't grade them, straight up and straight down.

I ride a LeMond Zurich now...(one of the old steel models) with my kids now. In fact, my youngest just turned 16 and rather than a car I bought him this...

Carbon everything, light as a feather



Although I've never raced, I admire the heck out of those guys. One of the reasons I moved to Nevada County was the race held every Fathers Day here.

http://www.ncclassic.com/

Thanks for the thread all!
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:01 AM   #3332
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I love hills.
The challenge. The frustration. The anger at a fucking hill. I love it. I love the reward on the other side even more. zooooshhh

I love trying to be the first one up, and when I'm not, being the first one down. The twiggy kids can't cut through the wind like a 180 pounder. And then my 235 pound friend is the cannonball, but he lacks the nerve of a motorcyclist used to higher speeds who can too easily forget that spandex offers no protection. zooooshhh

I love hills.
I wish I had hills to ride. When I go to an area that has some elevation change I sure do enjoy it.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:16 AM   #3333
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I wish I had hills to ride. When I go to an area that has some elevation change I sure do enjoy it.
I wrote this earlier in this thread...

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You might remember that last year I rode in the El Tour de Tucson, the 109 mile bicycle 'ride' (or semi-casual race depending on your POV). I did it through Team in Training (TnT) as did nearly half the other 8,500(?) participants. Each group of riders wore the standard fugly TnT jersey but each had the participants location printed on the back. On the flat stretches, I distinctly remember a large pack of TnT riders from Kansas riding by at high speed. They seemed fast and invincible. Then came a hill. A tiny hill. Nothing that we'd even mention up here. And there I was zipping right by those same riders from Kansas. You can guess who passed who on the next flat stretch.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:17 AM   #3334
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Funny, I rode all day yesterday with a flat rear after a shop owner refused to let me change the tube I just bought at his shop. I'd rather ride a flat than give that asshole my business ever again.

Gummee: never go to Single Track Bikes.
That the one just down the hill from the Hospital?

I haven't been in but two LBSs in Flag. That one and the one at the corner of 66 and 4th. Neither have been what I'd call 'awesome.'



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Old 03-28-2007, 09:17 AM   #3335
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I can't believe I missed this thread. Love all the comments about hills and wind.....and Knary, kudos to you and your wife! Very cool.

I'm an old touring guy. Rode across the country - Astoria, OR to Virginia Beach, VA in 1976, fresh out of college, no job, no worries...on a modified Peugeot PX10. Loved every second of it.

I'm the one on the right







Wind? Try Kansas, Hills? Not the Cascades or the Rockies, the Appalachians were tougher. They didn't grade them, straight up and straight down.

I ride a LeMond Zurich now...(one of the old steel models) with my kids now. In fact, my youngest just turned 16 and rather than a car I bought him this...

Carbon everything, light as a feather



Although I've never raced, I admire the heck out of those guys. One of the reasons I moved to Nevada County was the race held every Fathers Day here.

http://www.ncclassic.com/

Thanks for the thread all!


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Old 03-28-2007, 09:19 AM   #3336
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Hey Bonneville54

Welcome to the thread.

Post more pics!

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Old 03-28-2007, 09:24 AM   #3337
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I can't believe I missed this thread. Love all the comments about hills and wind.....and Knary, kudos to you and your wife! Very cool.

I'm an old touring guy. Rode across the country - Astoria, OR to Virginia Beach, VA in 1976, fresh out of college, no job, no worries...on a modified Peugeot PX10. Loved every second of it.

I'm the one on the right







Wind? Try Kansas, Hills? Not the Cascades or the Rockies, the Appalachians were tougher. They didn't grade them, straight up and straight down.

Although I've never raced, I admire the heck out of those guys. One of the reasons I moved to Nevada County was the race held every Fathers Day here.

http://www.ncclassic.com/

Thanks for the thread all!
Welcome to it!!!

let's hear some crazy cross country stories, must've been wierd with how few bike shops and support for the sport were available back in those days. You probably avoided quite a few malls and such that have sprouted in the last 20 yrs, probably caught the country right before it became a Walmart Home Depot strip.


I love reading these types of stories in this thread, nothing against the racers here, but I'm more into the these non race stories, especially any long tours like yours.

picture's too!

PS -you didn't happen to pass Forest Gump back there did ya?

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Old 03-28-2007, 09:25 AM   #3338
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I love hills.
The challenge. The frustration. The anger at a fucking hill. I love it. I love the reward on the other side even more. zooooshhh

I love trying to be the first one up, and when I'm not, being the first one down. The twiggy kids can't cut through the wind like a 180 pounder. And then my 235 pound friend is the cannonball, but he lacks the nerve of a motorcyclist used to higher speeds who can too easily forget that spandex offers no protection. zooooshhh

I love hills.
That's prolly 'cause you can't sprint!





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Old 03-28-2007, 09:35 AM   #3339
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That's prolly 'cause you can't sprint!





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Probably true. I'm no racer, just a recreational wannabe faster than some slower than many. So when do you sprint when every ride has hills?
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:40 AM   #3340
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Hah
Probably true. I'm no racer, just a recreational wannabe faster than some slower than many. So when do you sprint when every ride has hills?
The cool thing about sprints is that you can do um up hills, down hills and on the flats. Headwinds, crosswind, and tailwinds too.

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Old 03-28-2007, 09:45 AM   #3341
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The cool thing about sprints is that you can do um up hills, down hills and on the flats. Headwinds, crosswind, and tailwinds too.

And in a group.

Alone.

With teammates.

To town limit signs.

To the finish line (rare for me, but hey! its fun)

From the back of a paceline just to screw with people! (fun stuff. Been on BOTH ends of this one! )

Hills? Feh! Ya gotta GET to hills! Sprints you can do anwhere!



As an added bonus, add sprints to yer workout and you get FASTER! Ditto with intervals, but we won't talk about them... If you wanna be a one-speed-wonder keep on JRA-ing. Wanna get faster, more well-rounded a rider? Add in sprints and sometimes intervals.

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Old 03-28-2007, 09:47 AM   #3342
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The cool thing about sprints is that you can do um up hills, down hills and on the flats. Headwinds, crosswind, and tailwinds too.

Very true. I just don't have any measure of whether I'm any good at it.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:49 AM   #3343
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And in a group.

Alone.

With teammates.

To town limit signs.

To the finish line (rare for me, but hey! its fun)

From the back of a paceline just to screw with people! (fun stuff. Been on BOTH ends of this one! )

Hills? Feh! Ya gotta GET to hills! Sprints you can do anwhere!



As an added bonus, add sprints to yer workout and you get FASTER! Ditto with intervals, but we won't talk about them... If you wanna be a one-speed-wonder keep on JRA-ing. Wanna get faster, more well-rounded a rider? Add in sprints and sometimes intervals.

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I do those sprints. You know how your dog sometimes just starts tearing around the yard back and forth? That's me on the bike.

p.s. you don't have to get to hills in these parts. With my wife's entry into riding, I'm struggling to pick routes that don't include them.

p.p.s. Hills make you stronger.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:53 AM   #3344
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I do those sprints. You know how your dog sometimes just starts tearing around the yard back and forth? That's me on the bike.

p.s. you don't have to get to hills in these parts. With my wife's entry into riding, I'm struggling to pick routes that don't include them.

p.p.s. Hills make you stronger.
Feh. Been allergic to hills since I started riding!

Even at 155# I sucked Misery Goats at hills!

I tell people that if I never have to climb a hill bigger'n the banking at the velodrome I'll be a happy camper. Some even believe me. Most don't.

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Old 03-28-2007, 09:58 AM   #3345
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