Lets put it this way. I know about 15 clydes. The 10 that try, climb well. I know about 100 skinny cyclist and only 10 climb well.
66% of the clydes that try, do it! Only 10% of the skinnies do it. Percentage is better with clydes!
I believe that the best climbers are skinny riders. So they dominate that aspect of cycling. Only a handful of clydes will try so that's why we have a small gorup representin'!
I prepped for a ride named " Ride Around the Bear". 100 miles and 10,000ft. I was well trained so I did well for a clyde. At the bottom, all the racer types fly by. But mile 40, I was passing them back and dropping them like flies. Everytime I rode up on a rider, I'd see them give that last desperation try to stay ahead of the clyde!
It's a beautiful thing and feeling to pass the skinny boys in the mtns. Can't compete with a 10 mile climb, but throw in a 60 mile climber? Endurance and srength kick in baby!
1350 in 13 miles great! Keep at it! My wife is always talking about toningher legs more thru riding. 3,000 miles a year (flatland) has done good but I always tellher the hills is what makes BIG differences.
When I train for a ride, I don't recognize my own legs!....MY knee area gets really small and my thighs blow up like pinatas! Plus the calves grow rocks in the back. I lose major weight when climbing consistently. I remember getting out of the shower one night and laying on the bed. I looked down at my body, saw my torso and legs and said to myself,"this is not my body!". Those were the good ol days. I need to get back into it!
Because of the gas, we've cut back drving 30 miles to the flat trail. Living at the foothills, we are forced to ride up to avoid traffic. Her legs are definitely showing changes in the last month. More than the 3 years on the flatlands!
Hey Kar, you in Yorba or Pomona? Anywhere near Grand Ave/Chino Hills? Man, that is some great training ground. Ride those hills. I started there. Had a hard time making it up the first hill on Peyton. Kept at it and one day , it was a breeze!
Ever want to ride it, let me know, I'll ride with you! We used to do a loop from Pomona (near the Wonderbread factory). Peyton to Grand, Diamond Bar Blvd, along the 57 (can't member the anme of the canyon, old age) across Lambert thru Carbon Cyn back to Pomona.
30 hilly miles but a great ride and great training loop. Tough at first but gets better!
Of course just ridng Grand is good for starterrs!
The percent grade is just the vertical rise divided by the horizontal distance. People that make roads have all this stuff laid out on paper and in the computer anyway, so they can tell you what the percent grade is. With a topographic map or the online approach, you should get a reasonable value for average grade over whatever length you're working with. If you want to check a short stretch, get a 2' or longer level, hold it level on the pavement, and measure the rise at one end. A 3% grade is only going to be 0.72" in 2 feet.
For reference, the interstates across Colorado mostly have maximum grades of about 7%. That was enough to slow our 4-cylinder minivan to about 45 mph. The steepest marked grade I've ever driven on was a 12% grade on an unpaved backroad in Colorado.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
It is simple rise over run. If you climb 1 ft vertical while travelling 10 feet horizontal, that is a 10% grade.
A decent site to calculate grade with google maps is www.toporoute.com
I will start using Grand for hill/endurance training and use SART on the weekends for distance training. I might try to join you and Gina on one of your Sunday rides, that is if I can keep up with you two. I hate to be a sandbag to people who are capable of going at a faster pace.
We only do 16.5 as an average. Sounds low but with the wind, it can be tough sometimes. But we don't ride to drop fellow riders. But I do go to ride. I'm usually at the front and can't hear squat cause of the wind so I don't talk much while actual riding. Gina doesn't either cause she's concentrating on staying on my wheel.
We ride together and if needed, regroup about every 5 miles or so if someone falls behind. But we don't try to drop others if it's a guest, not even sure if we could. We stop frequently if it's a friendly ride so that's where we do our talking.
Drives me crazy trying to ride while someone wants to discuss what nose hair trimmer I use!
Thats cool. I prolly wont hear you if you talk anyways, I am hard of hearing... practically deaf.
I will have to take you up on your ride offer when I get the Tricross, or the Madone (whichever comes first).
We have an older gentleman friend that sometimes rides with us named Boyd. He has a glass eye. Now that I think would make it tough to ride. You can't tell , nice eye but 5 grand? Heck, I'd have a Madone and wear a patch!
He rides extremely well. My father is blind in one eye and always complaining his perception is off. But Boyd rides a straight line no problem. I think my Dad just doesn't want to try a bike!
This is Boyd. What is more amazing than his balance and perception with one eye is the fact that he does 60-70 mile rides in courdoroy shorts!...I can't spell courdoroy...I'd be singing like a BeeGee if I tried!