I rented a car for the weekend for two trips to the mountains to do some climbing. Since it is a PITA to put a full-size bike in a typical sedan, I took my Dahon Speed D7 folding bike, which only has a 7-speed drivetrain.
The first climb was the Lake Tahoe side of Kingsbury Grade, which is about 3.5 miles long with a max grade of 12%. The steeper parts were a sufferfest and I had to ride out of the saddle on the first steep part. I got passed like I was standing still by a female triathlete (judging by the type of bike she was riding) who said "Good job". I barely heard her, so unfortunately the camera didn't pick it up. Female cyclists are so encouraging!
After I reached the top at Daggett Summit I climbed to the real summit at the top of Bigler Circle. After that I checked out another nice steep climb. It showed grades up to 17%, yet somehow I was able to ride the whole thing in the saddle.
Next was Ski Run Blvd, which has a 21% section on the last block. I had to ride that section out of the saddle, barely turning the cranks. Good suffering!
Garmin Connect data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/97993729
Here's the Kingsbury Grade video:
Here's the Ski Run Blvd video:
Top of Kingsbury Grade:
Dahon Speed D7 at Daggett Summit by kittyz202, on Flickr
View from Daggett Summit:
view from top of Kingsbury Grade by kittyz202, on Flickr
I saw a couple of these signs:
'please share the road text later' sign by kittyz202, on Flickr
Some nice mtb art:
mtb art in Lake Tahoe by kittyz202, on Flickr
I saw several of these in different colors:
Dahon Speed D7 next to bike sculpture in Lake Tahoe by kittyz202, on Flickr
View from the top of one of the climbs above Kingsbury Grade:
snow-capped mountains around Lake Tahoe 7-9-11 by kittyz202, on Flickr
Top of Ski Run Blvd:
top of Ski Run Blvd climb by kittyz202, on Flickr