Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-10-12, 02:23 PM   #1
CenturionIM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 1,049
almost died from my second commute

finally made it back home. wohoo.

I live in the appalachia and decided to bike to walmart. not too bad, only 5 miles one way.
Little did I know how bad the hill will turn out to be. I just got back into this and i guess I am not that in shape. A 10" hill, which I can usually cruise through with cars, became juggernauts.... some of the uphills looked like they are 20".

Even worse, when it finally gets to the down hill part I couldn't just let my bike go. the cars' brake works way better and with the speed i get I would be barely be able to stop eventually, let alone not hitting anything in front of me. so i had to walk those on the side. Wah wah all work no fun.

Dont have a rack yet so i put the groceries in my backpack. bad idea.

anyway stuck to it and made it back home. people are pretty nice around here except this one dude cut right in front of me to go on a highway ramp. oh well, lesson learned.

Last edited by CenturionIM; 06-10-12 at 02:41 PM.
CenturionIM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 02:38 PM   #2
SlimRider
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Posts: 5,804
Those Appalachian hills aren't really hills. They call them mountains for a reason. Of course, I guess you've already discovered that by now!

PS.

Sounds like you could use a little engine work and possibly some disc brakes, too!

Last edited by SlimRider; 06-10-12 at 04:45 PM.
SlimRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 02:39 PM   #3
terrapin44
Senior Member
 
terrapin44's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Southern Tier of New York
Bikes: 2012 Specialized Sirrus Sport, 199x Canondale M800
Posts: 389
My guess is your hills are worse then mine, but I found that it doesnt take to long before going up them becomes easier and you get more confident of your abilities on the downhill pretty quickly. Still it amazes me how steep hills are that I didn't give any thought to in a car. Stick with it and you'll be fine.
terrapin44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 04:42 PM   #4
sonatageek
Senior Member
 
sonatageek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 2,762
What kind of bike are you using? It sounds like your brakes need some work (or replacement).
__________________
My blog
http://radiocycles.wordpress.com/
sonatageek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 05:13 PM   #5
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
Posts: 8,405
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Those Appalachian hills aren't really hills. They call them mountains for a reason.
My wife and I debate that every time we visit my family in Maryland. Having grown up in Oregon, she won't acknowledge anything as a mountain that doesn't have snow on it in July. She always snickers a little as we pass the sign saying that Big Savage Mountain has an elevation of 2982 feet.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-12, 04:38 AM   #6
AdamDZ 
Bike addict, dreamer
 
AdamDZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 5,166
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Sounds like you could use a little engine work and possibly some disc brakes, too!
Yup, agreed And rack and panniers instead of the backpack.
AdamDZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-12, 05:49 AM   #7
azesty
Hot in China
 
azesty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: China
Bikes: Giant Lava
Posts: 961
What gearing do you have? It sounds like you need a bigger cog on your rear cassette, or a smaller one on the front crank.

z
azesty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:32 PM.