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Old 02-20-11, 09:13 PM   #1
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New climbing sufferfest video-15%-19% grades

I've learned from last week's mistake, so here's some much shorter footage from today's badass ride! I had SO much fun, especially on the second to the last climb in the video. There's a little action in that one

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69379436
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sBed_mVaYo

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Old 02-20-11, 11:28 PM   #2
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Pretty cool. I like that, reel the dude back in, take the rough line and still beat him to the stopsign.

OK, now forget about the talking but hold the cam in one hand.
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Old 02-20-11, 11:31 PM   #3
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Nice climbing - my Garmin weekend elevation graph looks like a "flatliner" compared to yours

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69101968

P.S. how do you tackle a grade like that. Ive attempted similar and my front wheel starts to lift. Do you stand? Do you slow to as slow as you can to save your legs? What are your techniques?

Thanks!

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Pretty cool. I like that, reel the dude back in, take the rough line and still beat him to the stopsign.

OK, now forget about the talking but hold the cam in one hand.
Yeah, that was GREAT fun! Looking at him from behind reminded me of your view of FryDaddy in your raw response to my first sufferfest vid (by the way, your video is doing very well in the views department, so you know what that means)

Last July, when I climbed this hill for the first time, I was passed near the top in almost the same spot. I vowed I wouldn't let that happen again

By the way, on the first 8%-11% climb of the ride, I was talking to another female cyclist who was waiting at the same traffic light at the bottom of the hill. We talked almost all the way up this 1/2 mile climb. The subject of weight loss came up, and she told me I would "fly up" the hill when I reach my weight loss goal. I said I couldn't wait to see what it feels like. Then she said "you're a strong climber". I had a big sheot eatin' grin on my face for the rest of that climb Luckily I have that on video so I can get a good laugh whenever I want

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Nice climbing - my Garmin weekend elevation graph looks like a "flatliner" compared to yours
Thank you I try to make the most of these climbing rides. This one was the most fun I've had in months.
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P.S. how do you tackle a grade like that. Ive attempted similar and my front wheel starts to lift. Do you stand? Do you slow to as slow as you can to save your legs? What are your techniques?

Thanks!
I have mtb gearing on my road bike (11-34 cassette in the back, 52-42-24 chainrings in the front). This allows me to climb all these steep hills you see in the video in the saddle. I'm glad, because until the blubber is all gone I won't climb out of the saddle because I will go into oxygen debt

By the way, everyone's bike I was able to get a close look at today had a triple on it.
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That was great when you beat that guy to the stop sign I think the snow/ice storm here at home will keep me off the hills today. I do like watching your sunshine and clear roads
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That was great when you beat that guy to the stop sign I think the snow/ice storm here at home will keep me off the hills today. I do like watching your sunshine and clear roads
That was SO much fun! I can't wait to do it again

I feel for you Midwesterners/East Coast people. If I lived there I'd be climbing hills on my trike with studded tires or chains. I bet it would be a good workout though.
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There are a couple of climbs like that in Toronto, Poplar Plains Road for one, it's unique though, in that usually some "genius" in the traffic department puts a stop sign about half way up and it doesn't have one...
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I have mtb gearing on my road bike (11-34 cassette in the back, 52-42-24 chainrings in the front). This allows me to climb all these steep hills you see in the video in the saddle. I'm glad, because until the blubber is all gone I won't climb out of the saddle because I will go into oxygen debt

By the way, everyone's bike I was able to get a close look at today had a triple on it.
52-42-24 are you sure? Drop it into 34 on the back and that's a real stump puller....
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52-42-24 are you sure? Drop it into 34 on the back and that's a real stump puller....
Yup. I did the work myself. Changed the stock 30t front chainring to a 24, and put the 11-34 mtb cassette and long-cage mtb derailleur on.

On most of these climbs I was in the 24-34

Maybe someday when I'm a Strong Climber I can ride these in 24-24 or higher
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I'm impressed. Is there nothin you can't do. Did I say I'm impressed? You go girl. Great vid!
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I have mtb gearing on my road bike (11-34 cassette in the back, 52-42-24 chainrings in the front). This allows me to climb all these steep hills you see in the video in the saddle. I'm glad, because until the blubber is all gone I won't climb out of the saddle because I will go into oxygen debt

By the way, everyone's bike I was able to get a close look at today had a triple on it.
Meh.
Road gears.
My climbing bike has 22/32/48 crank with 11-36 10s cassette.
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Meh.
Road gears.
My climbing bike has 22/32/48 crank with 11-36 10s cassette.
Is that a hybrid or mtb? The reason I'm asking is because all LBS's I visited when I was buying the parts needed to change the gearing told me I could go no lower than a 24 in the front on my road bike.

Your gearing sounds fun for those San Francisco hills
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The crank is a mtn crank with the 44T swapped out for a 48T "trekking" chainring.
i.e. 64/104mm bolt-circles.
I built the bike on a Soma DoubleCross frame with dropped bars and road brifters.
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The crank is a mtn crank with the 44T swapped out for a 48T "trekking" chainring.
i.e. 64/104mm bolt-circles.
I built the bike on a Soma DoubleCross frame with dropped bars and road brifters.
Cool That has to be the lowest gearing I've ever heard of! Maybe someday I'll have to build something like that, but for now my gearing is working. I haven't been to San Francisco in years anyway.
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Wow,you guys are "Low Riders". My climber has a 53/39-12/25.

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Wow,you guys are "Low Riders". My climber has a 53/39-12/25.



What are you doing in that pic? Rocking out?

I built my drivetrain solely for super-steep climbs and to make the less-steep ones easier until the fat's all gone.
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What are you doing in that pic? Rocking out?.
I'm just a hunk o burning love! I had this song stuck in my head the entire ride!

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Dude -you aren't even human, you gotta be part bionic! Come on, 'fess up!
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Dude -you aren't even human, you gotta be part bionic! Come on, 'fess up!
Nah! It's funny, I think your body gets trained to the gears. My Lemond is a triple but I don't use the 3 tallest cogs in back when riding the front ganny cause the gear inch combo stays equal to the standard crank combo. Unless I'm crusing up a hill with Gina etc.
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P.S. how do you tackle a grade like that. Ive attempted similar and my front wheel starts to lift. Do you stand? Do you slow to as slow as you can to save your legs? What are your techniques?
On which bike(s)? Stand, with your crotch near the stem. Shift enough weight forward to not lift your front end, but not so much that your back wheel loses traction.

Fortunately you live in a part of the world that has no shortage of 15 to 20 % grades.
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