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    Last weekend's climbfest (pics & video)

    On Sunday I rode from Newcastle to Foresthill via Hwy 49 and Old Foresthill Road. That meant descending down into the canyon and climbing back out, both ways.

    When I got to the bottom of Indian Hill Road I noticed that I'd only ridden 49.4 miles and climbed 4,841'. Unacceptable! I wanted 5,000', so I rode up Chantry Hill Road and the two side streets, then rode through old town Newcastle, dropped down to Taylor Road, and climbed back up to old town via Old State Hwy and Cypress. 51.74 miles and 5,062' of climbing. Much better!

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/145804973

    Captured on video were two (hopefully) friendly motorists honking as they passed me on climbs up Foresthill Road, and a motorcycle passing me in the dirt on the side of the road. I heard him coming and looked to my left, expecting to see him in the lane. I didn't think to look right, so I didn't see him until he passed me. Startled me a bit!

    I tightened the straps on the GoPro "Chesty" chest mount strap, so the video is a little less bouncy.

    This is raw footage. That means heavy breathing on the climbs, so be forewarned!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ybG-CxYl0


    Here's a video with music of both descents into the canyon (Hwy 49 on the way out and Old Foresthill Road on the way back). I left enough of the raw audio so it's obvious that it's a bike descent and not a car driving down the hill.

    This is footage from the ContourHD on the helmet mount, so more of the scenery is visible.

    http://contour.com/stories/hwy-49-an...scents-1-29-12

    At the end of the ride, I stopped to take the picture of the antique store sign and I spotted a kitty across the street, so I decided to walk over and make friends with her. My helmet cam was still recording, so enjoy the sounds of her adorable purr-meows (turn up the volume!).

    http://contour.com/stories/very-frie...long-bike-ride

    Top of descent out of Auburn on Hwy 49

    Hwy 49 in Auburn 8% grade sign by kittyz202, on Flickr

    Bottom of descent



    View of snow-capped Sierras from the parking lot of Worton's Market in Foresthill


    Turnaround point


    Funny antique store sign in Newcastle

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    1. I wish I was that chest strap.
    2. Heavy breathing!
    3. Descent had me tensing up.
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    I aim to please!

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    Welcome back....and thanks for sharing freight.

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    You're welcome. There should be something for everyone-music, raw, and kittykittykittys.

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    iforgotmename likes this^^^^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
    ...kittykittykittys.
    Did anyone else besides me misread that?
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    I often say kitty x3 because I love cats. I see how it can be interpreted otherwise though!

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    Looks like it was a great ride. How often could you see the snow-capped peaks in the background?

    I'm a little shocked at the bare roads, sunny weather, and all around niceness there. Actually, read "shocked at" as "jealous of."
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Thank you. I was only able to see the mountains when I got to the town of Foresthill. That view from Worton's Market parking lot is the best!

    We are having nice warm sunny weather again this week, although it is cloudy right now and it rained earlier.

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    Jyossarian, here's a vid I know you'll like! This is the best suffering on the climb out of the canyon in the last few miles of the ride. This footage was not included in the video I posted in my OP. The battery on my GoPro died mid-climb, but not before capturing some damn good rocking and "freight training uphill".

    I edited out all the loud motor vehicle traffic, so it's all suffering!

    Raw footage, so my standard heavy breathing audio warning applies!

    http://vimeo.com/36041423

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    My new climbing machine! 2012 Trek Wahoo Disc 29 (Gary Fisher Collection). All set up for some good freight training uphill and singletrack fun.

    I'm running out of new road climbs to post video of, so this bike opens up a whole world of possibilities. Besides, I really missed mountain biking. I used to do it all the time in the early 90s.

    The LBS wanted to install all the accessories but I told them I would do it myself because that's part of the fun!


    2012 Trek Wahoo Disc 29 (Gary Fisher Collection) by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr
    Last edited by freighttraininguphill; 02-14-12 at 11:42 AM. Reason: moved photo to Flickr

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    The chest strap view is awesome. That was some crazy looking descending on a two lane backroad.

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    Thank you. That's the cool thing about the chest strap. The lower POV makes it look like I was going faster than on that helmet mount video of the same descent that I posted earlier in this thread. The lower a camera is to the ground, the faster it looks like you're going. That's probably why so many motorsports videos are recorded with the camera very low on the car's chassis.

    In reality my speeds didn't get much over 32 or 33 mph.

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    Congrats on the ride and congrats on the MTB bike - nice looking machine

    The chest mount POV is awesome! I have the same mount. Thats one of those video you show the young "whipper snappers" when your in your 80's.

    "Look what I used to do.."
    Last edited by magohn; 02-03-12 at 11:17 PM.

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    Thanks magohn. Boy, bicycle quality sure has changed since I bought my last mountain bike in 1992. Back then I paid $500 for a Specialized Rockhopper Expert rigid bike, which was lighter and had a much higher quality crankset. It actually had three detachable chainrings like my road bike. Same thing with the HardRock I bought for $279 back in 1989.

    This bike has those cheap steel chainrings that are tacked together. No way to change individual chainrings. Hopefully I won't have to.

    I'm hoping I'll still be riding in the hills when I'm in my 80s.

    Since you have a chest mount, you should do a sufferfest video. It would come out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
    Thanks magohn. Boy, bicycle quality sure has changed since I bought my last mountain bike in 1992. Back then I paid $500 for a Specialized Rockhopper Expert rigid bike, which was lighter and had a much higher quality crankset. It actually had three detachable chainrings like my road bike. Same thing with the HardRock I bought for $279 back in 1989.

    This bike has those cheap steel chainrings that are tacked together. No way to change individual chainrings. Hopefully I won't have to.

    I'm hoping I'll still be riding in the hills when I'm in my 80s.

    Since you have a chest mount, you should do a sufferfest video. It would come out great!
    I intend to! Ive been doing a lot of "dusk riding" due to the early nights and the GoPro video I took wasnt the best in lowlight. However, I just got back from a 20 mile hilly-ride and it did stay lighter longer.

    The last 30 mins of the ride were interesting as night fell and commute traffic built up. I was glad to get home safe and sound

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    I think I ride more at night this time of year than in daylight. You're not kidding about the GoPro! It sucks as much in low light as a cell phone camera. Same with the ContourHD.

    The new GoPro HD Hero 2 is supposed to be better in low light.

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