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Old 04-20-07, 08:46 AM   #1
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I'm thinking that gas prices really are not that bad....

I rode my new OCR1 into work for the first time today. 14.7 miles total.. One thing I got out of it is that I never knew there was so many hills between home and work.
At the 2 mile mark there was the first climb, about a half mile long and around 200 foot high, then I get about a mile of down hill but only maybe 30 feet of change. Then for the next 5 miles it was just a continuous climb. Not very high, maybe 30 - 40 feet at the most. Then I get about 2 miles of flat and then the remaining miles wre all up and down 100 foot hills.. one right after another...

I'm going to do some looking and see if I can find a different way in that may either cut out some of those hills or at least make them not so steep...

All in all it was a nice ride other then the hills and my toes being so damn cold. The good thing is that the ride home tonight will be down hill.
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Old 04-20-07, 08:49 AM   #2
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wow !

The biggest "hill" on my ride is an overpass for I-95 near the airport... lol

its about 100 feet high or so but at a very steep angle .. (my best guess at the height)..

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Old 04-20-07, 09:12 AM   #3
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I found that the MUP that runs parallel to the road I'd otherwise ride on (but half a mile north of) is much flatter than the road. Plus, the hills are more gradual. Since I noticed this, it seems to me that most roads are unnessecarily hilly.
Translation: take the bike path if you have one. If not, then it's excellent training.
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It'll be a fun reverse commute!
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That's a pretty good commute. I'm new to commuting myself but I would recommend not avoiding the hills. When I first started riding I hated hills as much as I hate wind. Now I like the hills (even though I still can't climb 'em very fastl!), I love the "victory" feeling of completing a good climb.

I still hate wind though, there is no victory over wind, only slowness and despair.
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Old 04-20-07, 09:30 AM   #6
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I found that the MUP that runs parallel to the road I'd otherwise ride on (but half a mile north of) is much flatter than the road. Plus, the hills are more gradual. Since I noticed this, it seems to me that most roads are unnessecarily hilly.
Translation: take the bike path if you have one. If not, then it's excellent training.
I wish I could but from home to work is all thru farm land. So I'm even limited to what roads are even paved.
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I used one of those online route calculators on my commute once and found that my 10 mile commute has about 750' of climbing one way. It's all hills, up and down both ways. I usually have a slightly higher average speed on my ride home though. Generally, I average about 14.7-14.8mph on my ride in and I've seen 16.2 average on my ride home quite a few times.
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I still hate wind though, there is no victory over wind, only slowness and despair.
And thus the old cyclist truism: Hills build strength. Headwinds build character.
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And thus the old cyclist truism: Hills build strength. Headwinds build character.
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wow !

The biggest "hill" on my ride is an overpass for I-95 near the airport... lol

its about 100 feet high or so but at a very steep angle .. (my best guess at the height)..

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Come on! You live in Florida. A big hill to you guys is a curb bevel
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do it on a fixed gear. make you strong like russian bear.
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Old 04-20-07, 11:00 AM   #12
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do it on a fixed gear. make you strong like russian bear.
screw that.... I love my tripple.
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i would I still hate wind though, there is no victory over wind, only slowness and despair.
i like that may i use it hope so already did
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Gas just hit $2.75 here. My wife being pregnant has to drive my car a lot lately, and trust me when $25 every month used to cover the cost (1991 Subaru Legacy) I'm lucky some paydays if I don't have to budget for $50 lately (every two weeks).

I'll stick to the bikes, thanks!
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