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Old 08-18-2008, 08:55 AM   #8746
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Squatting will help, but time sprinting off the saddle UPHILL will also do wonders.
+1. I can squat twice my body weight.

Doing lots of hillwork clipped onto a fixie is what helps me climb.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:47 AM   #8747
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I'm going to try doing hill repeats, doing exactly that. I need to get where I can spend some serious time out of the saddle for climbs. If there's one thing we have here, it's hills, some of them really long and really steep.

We'll see how it goes. I figure if I can continue to train on my mountain bike, riding a real road bike should feel like I've got a rocket strapped to my ass.
The difference on the road with a true road bike is amazing, more cardio and less physical impact for me for sure.

Where you shopping at over there?
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:57 AM   #8748
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The difference on the road with a true road bike is amazing, more cardio and less physical impact for me for sure.

Where you shopping at over there?
Mike's Bikes.

There's also Summit, down in San Rafael, but I've had good experiences with Mike's and they've been very indulgent in answering my endless questions.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:06 AM   #8749
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Mike's Bikes.

There's also Summit, down in San Rafael, but I've had good experiences with Mike's and they've been very indulgent in answering my endless questions.
They have been pretty helpful in the past with MTB stuff when we used to ride more over your way.
Ride as many as you can, and not just around the block.


I visualize Mr. kbasa on a late 90's steel DeRosa for some reason.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:26 AM   #8750
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This is what helps me climb.

At the top of this hill.....


...was this:




A couple more of those cinnamon rolls gave me a little extra oomph going back down too.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:28 AM   #8751
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I had 3 bikes stolen from my house while I had the dogs at the dog beach yesterday. I'd post a rant, but I just don't have the energy. My road bike, my roommate's commuter, and a fixie. Somewhat annoyingly, I had just put brand new tires on both wheels of the road bike, completely re-cabled it, re-taped the bars, and it had my $300 nite rider tri-newt light, a $90 mini pump, and my favourite folding tool.

Fucking worthless bike thieves.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:11 PM   #8752
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This is what helps me climb.

A couple more of those cinnamon rolls gave me a little extra oomph going back down too.
Yo dude - I saw earlier in the thread that you cyclocross...

You like that shit? I'm looking at the websites thinking that might be a swell way to spend the rainy season up here!
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:36 PM   #8753
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I had 3 bikes stolen from my house while I had the dogs at the dog beach yesterday. I'd post a rant, but I just don't have the energy. My road bike, my roommate's commuter, and a fixie. Somewhat annoyingly, I had just put brand new tires on both wheels of the road bike, completely re-cabled it, re-taped the bars, and it had my $300 nite rider tri-newt light, a $90 mini pump, and my favourite folding tool.

Fucking worthless bike thieves.
may the thieves die a horribly painful and young death.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:44 PM   #8754
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may the thieves die a horribly painful, slow and young death.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:58 PM   #8755
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Yo dude - I saw earlier in the thread that you cyclocross...

You like that shit? I'm looking at the websites thinking that might be a swell way to spend the rainy season up here!

If you've got a suitable bike kicking around, give it a try at least. Most races will let you enter on a mountain bike. And they're usually cheap. Entry fee at our races is only $5 for the day, race as many classes as you dare.

I'll be honest, the racing is some of the most physically demanding stuff you can possibly do on a bicycle. Good news: It's usually over pretty quick.

Extra good news: Our local cyclocross races are usually a heck of a party as well.

Funny story: Back when I was in fifth grade, when mountain bikes were kind of new, or at least fairly new to the folks in Grand Rapids, MI- I bet my folks $200 that I could go a year without watching TV.

Well I won and got myself a Schwinn "Maximizer" MTB. Sadly, this was pre-internet days, and my only exposure to MTB racing was what I now assume to be a horribly miscaptioned photo of a cyclocross race. So for years, I labored under the assumption that MTB racing was actually a slog through the mud, jump off and run a lot sort of thing...

I guess I've been doing cyclocross for a long time.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:46 PM   #8756
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dude-sorry to hear about your loss, bee there too and I agree that all bike thieves should suffer corporal punishment. I'll bring my bat!
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:52 PM   #8757
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If you've got a suitable bike kicking around, give it a try at least. Most races will let you enter on a mountain bike. And they're usually cheap. Entry fee at our races is only $5 for the day, race as many classes as you dare.

I'll be honest, the racing is some of the most physically demanding stuff you can possibly do on a bicycle. Good news: It's usually over pretty quick.

Extra good news: Our local cyclocross races are usually a heck of a party as well.

Funny story: Back when I was in fifth grade, when mountain bikes were kind of new, or at least fairly new to the folks in Grand Rapids, MI- I bet my folks $200 that I could go a year without watching TV.

Well I won and got myself a Schwinn "Maximizer" MTB. Sadly, this was pre-internet days, and my only exposure to MTB racing was what I now assume to be a horribly miscaptioned photo of a cyclocross race. So for years, I labored under the assumption that MTB racing was actually a slog through the mud, jump off and run a lot sort of thing...

I guess I've been doing cyclocross for a long time.
Cool. I'm old and a Clydesdale!

Those two convenient excuses make losing and (the decreasing possibility of) winning much more fun.

I hear it's superb for bike handling skills - any truth in that?
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:01 PM   #8758
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Cool. I'm old and a Clydesdale!

Those two convenient excuses make losing and (the decreasing possibility of) winning much more fun
funny, I tried to get up to 200 to race one event that had a Clydesdale class-couldn't get over 195 that summer no matter how much I ate and drank.

Those days I was racing XC on a 40lb Intense Uzzi SLX-people at the start line would ask me why I was riding it and my reply was: "to overcome the fear of winning"
They always looked at me funny
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:51 PM   #8759
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I had 3 bikes stolen from my house while I had the dogs at the dog beach yesterday. I'd post a rant, but I just don't have the energy. My road bike, my roommate's commuter, and a fixie. Somewhat annoyingly, I had just put brand new tires on both wheels of the road bike, completely re-cabled it, re-taped the bars, and it had my $300 nite rider tri-newt light, a $90 mini pump, and my favourite folding tool.

Fucking worthless bike thieves.
Fucking scum.

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Old 08-18-2008, 08:37 PM   #8760
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