Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern California
Road climbs with a tiny side of MTB
Yesterday I took my 32 lb Rockhopper on a road climbing ride because I wanted to test its dirt-worthiness on some nearby trails. It's a rigid bike with 26x1.95 Specialized Hemisphere tires pumped up to 65 psi, so it's not really set up for mountain biking.
I had the proper angle on the Contour this time, so all footage is from the helmet mount, and the road climb video has the GPS overlay.
I didn't have time to ride on the trail I originally planned on, but on the way back from the road climbing ride I noticed a short section of singletrack parallelling the road. The bike had no traction problems whatsoever on the hard-packed dirt.
Here's video of the singletrack.
Here's the road climbs. This is the final climb into the town of Auburn, CA on Auburn-Folsom Road, plus the climbs on Powerhouse Road between Auburn-Folsom Road and Newcastle Road.