Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    i was never a great climber, but worked at getting better at it; first for conservation of energy on tour, then later for the joy of descending.

    strafing a good twisty canyon on the moto is fun, as is a good alpine ski run... a good rip down a mountain road on a quality road bike is my favorite combination of those things. spending half an hour (or more) coming back down the trail on the side of a mountain you spent all day riding up is a close second.

    anyone talking about momentum to get up hills doesn't understand what the kind of climbing we're talking about is... as evidenced by the people here who are confusing "steep" with "elevation".

    but clearly, there's some misunderstanding on some folks' part about climbing; as someone who was never more than adequate at it but could do it on a loaded touring bike for days on end, i can attest that lactic acid buildup and exhaustion can all be dealt with by gearing, technique and training.
  2. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Here's a trail you might like if you make it down here. :evil

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  3. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I'm a CT rider too. You been to Case mtn? That's where I ride 90% of the time. When I say MTB I'm thinking shenipsit trail. I'm not trying to wave the ol' hog, but Gatorback looks like a blast.
  4. HappyRiding

    HappyRiding Luddite

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    +1

    My old training routes had climbs 20+ miles long. Knowing where I was most efficient (mostly using a HR monitor) and gearing down accordingly allowed me to keep climbing as long as I kept eating and drinking. I might not have been the fastest climber on the mountain but I could wear my training buddies down by the time we reached the last big climb.

    The fastest time I had doing the Assault on Mt Mitchell was the year I put a triple on my Vitus.
  5. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Everything. :lol3

    It looks awesome to YOU. To me, that type of trail is just a grueling, punishing ride. And like all the rest, it's worse in reality than it looks on video. :puke1
  6. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Climbs for me vary between 30 seconds and 25 minutes to climb my local 'mountain'. Since I dont monitor my heart rate, I'd bet I used to max out my heart rate climbing as fast as I could. I've realized it's much more fun to slowup the climb a little and save more energy for the flatter/downhill sections later on in the ride. Needless to say, I'm not a very fast climber... but my Reign prefers the downhills anyways.
  7. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Do you like riding road? I've been thinking of a road bike for the days when my spine says no.
  8. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    My wife grew up in Manchester, and her brothers used to ride dirt bikes in Case. I would like to check it out sometime. I live near the shore, so ride Cockaponset in Chester, mostly. I would love to have a fast trail like Gatorback here! That does look like fun!
  9. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I started out on a road bike but then I discovered mountain biking, which I think is a lot more fun. I still ride the road bike on occasion, but only to work on my endurance and pedaling technique.
  10. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Small world! Lots of family grew up in Manchester. Let me know if you get up this way, I can point ya to some good stuff up there.
  11. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Will do. It's nice to check out different places once in a while.
  12. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    A friend want's me to do with him before I turn 50. I'm 44 now.

    Trip of a lifetime, might hurt a bit though.

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  13. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    All are welcome here. My observation wasn't pointed in your direction anyhow. :D
  14. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Just a bit?

    100 peaks? 10 straight days in the saddle? 120mi day? 13,000' of climbing each day?

    :eek1
  15. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Utah. Moab, Utah. So freakin' cool and different....and scary to think back on what I've ridden out there.

    I'm still more scared on the side of a busy road though. That's dangerous. :deal

    Sent from my fat thumbs on a small touch screen.
  16. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    :lol3

    I know, he's serious too. I puked in my mouth and passed out with just the thought of it.

    Looks like I need to get training, I have six years to prepare.
  17. CatfishRacing

    CatfishRacing Just a rider.

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    No link showed up for me.
  18. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Cent Col Challenge.

    More details at the link above.
  19. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Been to Moab, wasn't on a MTB at that point, unfortunately. I'll be back with the reign eventually. Those trails made me drool..

    Yak, if it was me that bunched your panties, my bad. I actually follow this thread pretty closely, and wasn't looking to start a big hubbub (not that it was)
  20. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Funny how what we like varies so much. :clap

    It is ALL good!