Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Elevation 666m Edmonton Canada
Bikes: 2013 Custom SA5w / Rohloff Tourster
Non-hilly only in Holland/CPH ??? Pffft Florida has an elev of 20 feet and warmer weather. It's a cyclist killing field, I haven't been there.
In 2003 I drove and biked the 7 biggest cities in Texas, not Austin. I found ONE 10%? hill in San Antonio. Temps in high 80s, near ZERO other bikes. Portland city is basically flat also, didn't ride there yet. Salt Lake has 1 long slope and a few short hills at the top. Pheonix has a mountain beside the pancake city. The hills in San Diego were some stress. Sacramento, Boise, Eugene, Idaho/Twinn Falls, Salem, a lot of LA, Linclon, OK City, Rochester etc .... WHERE ARE THESE imaginary HILLS that my IGH SA 5w can't climb ????? Even a 3 spd would mostly do.
Only steep hills I found were in Beverly Hills, Seattle, British Columbia and SF.
Just face the facts, Americans are fat LAZY bike/ exercise denyers. City designers haven't given a damn about adult bicycles. Even in Edm the big box store areas have near zero bike lockups, poles or anything. The racks are almost all useless bmx kid bike size. 90%+ need a 30 speed derailler bike like a hole in the head. 99.9% of the people who think SA hubs are slow never tried them.
Snow on any hills is certainly no picnic.
Last edited by GamblerGORD53; 10-27-13 at 05:01 PM.