Bicycle thread

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

  1. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    phew. this site says its a 37% grade. :eek1

    http://www.frontiernet.net/~rochballparks2/towns/canton.htm

    ah, other sources say, that 37% grade is only for 6.5 meters :)

    SF has a couple streets that are 30%+ for nearly a full block. they are closed to traffic, however.

    this street in SF is just over 31% for a 250 foot block, and was open to traffic in the 1950s :-O

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    and this street on Bernal Heights exceeds 37% for several short stretches,

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  2. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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  3. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I think it's ballsy enough just to park your truck on that hill :lol3
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    There is a 'Private' setting in Strava that you might want to look into. It may do exactly what you want. Either way, you're under no obligation to use Stava 'competitively'. If you don't want to compare your times to anyone else's, just ignore the other times. :dunno
  5. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    :lol3 That's a bit like saying that the only way to remain a bachelor is not to marry.
  6. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    I kinda want to try it....
  7. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    That hill looks killer. I wouldn't even walk up it. Might try and drive my rental car up it though.:lol3

    My hill made me glad I bought the triple on my Roubaix. That thing saves me many times. I'm not a racer I'm just out to burn of fat, and try and maintain some fitness.
    This travel thing has been hell on that this past year.

    One more day here and I'll be home for a weekend.
  8. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    :bow Ridge. That was a metric shitload of Rule #5 right there! It has gotten me to thinking about that 100 mile MTB ride here locally that I've signed up for...it's unsupported. I'm gonna have to hitch up a BOB trailer just to carry all the food I'll need to make it through!
  9. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Nedster,

    Check out the Ride 2 Divide. I have a friend here training for it right now.

    That animal spent 10 hours on his trainer a couple weeks ago. :eek1
  10. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Thanks and I think you should absolutely attempt any ride/race where you think you can find and exceed your limits. It's only then where we find our true potential and will to finish. Good homework is key and knowing what you're getting into will help immensely with preparation. How much single track vs. double track? How much elevation and what are the climbs like? Long and grinding or short and punchy?

    In short; prepare for the worst, hope for the best and deal with the rest. :freaky
  11. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    We've got Fargo Street here in LA. (2blks at ~32%) The LA Wheelmen host a Fargo climb every year for bragging rights. Some really interesting custom bikes show up just for that climb.

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    And there's an unsanctioned Dirty Dozen variant out here, too.

    http://truelovehealth.com/2013/04/12/feel-my-legs-im-a-racer-8-sunday-april-28th-2013/

    It was on my mom's birthday this year, but I'm thinking next year I may give it a shot. :D
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    My top end is starting to come back. :clap Rode the Wed nite hammerfest and while I still got dropped on the first hill, I DID manage to stay in contact thru the second AND managed to be fresh enough to launch a suicide attack right before the final sprint line. Still came in 3rd, but if I'd have waited like a smart sprinter...

    I was comfortable pulling the pack along at darn near 50kph and even more comfortable sitting in. I could sit up on the hoods and toodle down the road behind everyone. :ricky

    Feels good to get some of my my fitness back finally. Its been a long, slow, grind getting here.

    M
  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Next up...Strava KOM :deal

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  14. vfr700

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    Statistically you'd have a better baseline on your performance if you rode alone, sitting up in the pack and pulling them at tempo really means nothing in reference to performance. If the gruppo compacto all rode independently and tracked the ride via Strava, you'd know who was the best. Sprinter's tactics have no place in cycling, and are not an indication of performance. The whole 1st over the line is the winner is overrated.
  15. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Just got the MTB back from the mechanic. The late-race mechanical failure was due to an "exploded" B-limit screw according to him. He said it was completely absent and had forced the derailleur pulleys into my cogs. I could have manually set the gear I wanted to ride in and it would have stayed there, but unless I carried an extra limit screw, that would have been the extent of any roadside repair. It was an unusual failure and not one he had seen before.
  16. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Nice job on the train derailment... Or are you trying to get this thread back on track?:evil
  17. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Awesome!:clap

  18. vfr700

    vfr700 172S

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    I try my best. :deal
  19. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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  20. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Speaking of Strava, the one thing I have wished it could do ever since I started using it back in July of last year, apparently it can do :bluduh

    And that is, list all of my times for a particular segment to see improvement over time.

    A very cool feature. Especially in seeing that since I started riding last summer, the first segment of the local trail I mainly ride I have decreased my time from 16:30 to almost 10 minutes flat. Very nice improvement!

    Why I also like Strava, I can see that the fastest guy listed is at 7 minutes flat, and a lot of the "really in shape" guys I know are in the 8-9 minute range. So, this tells me that I have improved greatly in the past 8 months, and it tells me where I have to go. This is very cool information, for training purposes only.