Remember my post yesterday in the "What is your "Clyde Ryde" thread? I said I rarely ride my vintage 1982 Dahon Da Bike single-speed folder, right?
Well, yesterday was one of those days. My father flew down from Oregon to visit, picked me up, picked up my mother, and drove us to Amador County in the Sierra Foothills. Of course you all know what that means, right? Since I have absolutely zero interest in looking at antiques like my parents were doing and they both know I love climbing and encourage me to keep doing it, I decided to bring my folder with me and do some climbing. I put my spare Garmin mount and Pedco UltraClamp camera mount on the handlebars for my usual hill-climbing shenanigans
Amador City was the first stop. After three small creek crossings on Amador Creek Road, I encountered my first steep climb of the day. When the grade got up to 13% or so I attempted to climb out of the saddle, which caused the handlebar latch to release, dumping me on the ground and causing me to laugh my ass off, even after securing it and resuming my climb. Of course the whole incident was caught on video. The rest of the climb reached grades up to 20%. Since I didn't trust the handlebar latch I had to do all climbing in the saddle. All I have to say about that is "Freight Train, Freight Train!"
The next hill was the steepest on the entire ride, E. School St. It maxed out at 25%, and I had to weave from one side of the road to the other to make it up. I had so much weight on the rear wheel that the deformation of the tire made me think my tire was going flat, which would have really sucked as I forgot my pump Luckily no flats.
After that climb I had a mile-long climb that ranged from 5% to 10% to get to the town of Sutter Creek, where I rode around some more and discovered a nice 19% grade to climb (Randolph St.).
I rode around a little more after that and met my parents for a well-deserved lunch back in Amador City before heading back down the hill (in the car of course).
Garmin Connect data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/86759779
Here's the video. The first steep climb on Amador Creek Road and the School Street climb are the ones featured. The hamfisted crash happens at 1:13:
My climbing gears:
Dahon Da Bike drivetrain by kittyz202, on Flickr
One of the three small creek crossings:
creek crossing on Amador Creek Road by kittyz202, on Flickr
Top of School Street climb:
Dahon Da Bike at top of School St climb in Amador City by kittyz202, on Flickr