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Herbie53 10-26-09 08:29 PM

Monday afternoon in the Pain Palace
 
Took another Monday afternoon off and rode Skyline Drive with a friend. My first real "mountain" ride I think. Compared to Mt Weather these climbs were lllloooonnnggggg.

About halfway up any one of the climbs, unable to get enough air and legs burning, I was asking myself why I would do such a thing. As soon as we finished.. I was thinking about when we could do it again!!!

Cycling is fookin awesome.

The profile and grade from my Garmin.. grade gets a bit wonky at times.. max was probably 12 or so.
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...delevation.jpg

The Scattante at altitude..
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...9/DSCN0161.jpg

yes, I was actually riding the bike...
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...9/DSCN0150.jpg

Bit hazy, but awesome fall color
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...9/DSCN0163.jpg
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...9/DSCN0165.jpg

Helmet hair shadow after the descent to the parking lot..
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...9/DSCN0158.jpg

cyclefreaksix 10-26-09 08:35 PM

Nice!! How do you like your Scattante??

Herbie53 10-26-09 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by cyclefreaksix (Post 9931184)
Nice!! How do you like your Scattante??

I like it more all the time. It was a lesser version ("COMP" - 105 and Alex rims stock) model that I picked up for a shade under $1300 on sale. I've since upgraded the wheels, drivetrain, saddle, seatpost, handlebars and stem (fitting) -- it's now pretty much like the version that comes with DA and EA90s (Cane Creeks Volos XL's aren't quite as spiffy as EA90s, but they are Clyde friendly and were on sale).

I think the only really bad thing about Scattante's is the name.

cyclefreaksix 10-27-09 07:04 AM

I've had mine for about a month or so and I'm really enjoying it. I noticed you changed up the drive train and wheels.

Great pics btw!!

And, yes the name does suck. I refer to mine as "Scat Bike".

Mr. Beanz 10-27-09 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Herbie53 (Post 9931154)
About halfway up any one of the climbs, unable to get enough air and legs burning, I was asking myself why I would do such a thing. As soon as we finished.. I was thinking about when we could do it again!!!

Aint that amazing! I've had those same feelings too many times!:D

JimF22003 10-27-09 03:53 PM

How was the traffic? I've never braved Skyline Drive during leaf peeping season. A buddy of mine went up there for a hike over the weekend, and he said it looked like the line to get into the gate was about a mile long...

Smoked 10-27-09 03:59 PM

Awesome pictures... thanks for posting them!!!!

Herbie53 10-27-09 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by JimF22003 (Post 9936388)
How was the traffic? I've never braved Skyline Drive during leaf peeping season. A buddy of mine went up there for a hike over the weekend, and he said it looked like the line to get into the gate was about a mile long...

not to bad. we went in around 1P on Monday - maybe 4 cars in line. I heard someone at the gas station say it was much worse later in the PM.

Redskin8006 10-27-09 06:35 PM

Dude! That's awesome! Did you start near Front Royal or Sperryville?

Herbie53 10-27-09 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Redskin8006 (Post 9937285)
Dude! That's awesome! Did you start near Front Royal or Sperryville?

Front Royal.

It is a great ride. We're already planning our next visit!


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