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Old 02-20-09, 01:54 PM   #1
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Best hill climb yet.



So, have to preen about this.

After the recent discussions about hill climbing on the clyde forum, I decided to see how high up Mt. Hamilton I could get. And I figured I had to conquer the mountain alone so that I could take it at my pace and stop when I ran out of steam. So I packed a bunch of my cookies and energy gels and biked all out.

I made it up to the point where the police were turning people around because there was snow, and Californians risk an exploded cranium whenever it *gasp* snows in Silicon Valley and also like to sue if they slip on the ice atop the mountain.



2782 feet of climbing. It was awesome, although I spent most of the climb in the granniest of granny gears (smallest chainring in front, biggest sprocket in back) riding at maybe 5mph. I got dropped by roadies and an old guy on a full suspension mountain bike.

Hardest part was biking all the way home afterward with my climbing muscles aching.

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Old 02-20-09, 02:10 PM   #2
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Nice ride. Is that an mtb with knobbies? That makes it extra hard, better job!...Riding the granny gear? That's what it's there for! I know lot sof guys that try to big ring it. After several miles of climbing they burn out. Keep spinning is the way to go!

A lil tip about the return. I've read and practice this myself. On the way down, keep the legs spinning lightly to prevent the muscels from freeezing up. Don't need to apply pressure on the downhill, just keep the legs moving and loose! It works!
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Naw, MTB frame with a suspension fork, but mostly slick tires (1.5 in back, 1.75 in front)

I worked out the gain ratio between my ride and a randomly selected specification for a roadie with a tripple and discovered that I spent the whole climb in gears that are too granny for a road bike. So I'm not totally sure if a roadie would have made it any easier. Any weight loss moving to a roadie would be offset by the fat that I have yet to get rid of in my beer gut.

On the other hand, the Wirehead of 2 years ago would have bailed after a few hundred feet, even with a granny gear. I have come a long way.
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Old 02-20-09, 03:10 PM   #4
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Believe me, the difference is a big one when it comes to an mtb with slicks and a roadie. I have and done both, Big difference!

And the suspensions zaps even more energy than a rigid fork, believe me!
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Nice job!

I'll be spending some time on the bail-out cog (32t) on Sunday while riding the Chilly Hilly: 33mi, ~2800' climbing. Not too hilly, but there's a good couple of steep ones in there.
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California is looking nice and green. It will burn well in September.
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Very cool! How was the traffic going up Mt. Hamilton? Haven't been there in a while, and never on a bicycle, but I seem to recall that the road was pretty narrow...
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Well, it's narrow, but I think the drivers expect cyclists.
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