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Old 06-11-07, 04:47 AM   #1
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I Was Wrong

A few years ago I was driving in the Roslyn/Port Washington area of Long Island (NY) and came to this humongous hill (Beacon Hill Rd). I remember saying to the people in the car that there was no way in hell I could possibly ride a bike up THAT hill.

I was wrong.

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Old 06-11-07, 04:51 AM   #2
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Congratulations. Good to hear you finally made it.

I think we should have a tradition of naming unconquered hills.

Like the hill of tears, or the hill of pain and suffering.
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Old 06-11-07, 05:03 AM   #3
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Well done and well-earned.
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Old 06-11-07, 07:09 AM   #4
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Congratulations. Good to hear you finally made it.

I think we should have a tradition of naming unconquered hills.

Like the hill of tears, or the hill of pain and suffering.
There aren't a lot of hills in SW Ohio but if it has a name you know it can be tough. On our Sunday morning ride we had to take a detour due to road construction. This detour took us up "Boy Scout" hill. It's a short steep hill but the handicap is you can't get any speed up as you approach due to an intersection at the bottom. By the time I reached the top I was in the lowest gear I could find but I made it We also encountered "Pig Farm" hill but thankfully we approached it from the top. What a trip down - I rode the brakes and still reached 34 mph
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A few years ago I was driving in the Roslyn/Port Washington area of Long Island (NY) and came to this humongous hill (Beacon Hill Rd). I remember saying to the people in the car that there was no way in hell I could possibly ride a bike up THAT hill.

I was wrong.

Isn't it great to be wrong sometimes Congratulations!
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There aren't a lot of hills in SW Ohio but if it has a name you know it can be tough. On our Sunday morning ride we had to take a detour due to road construction. This detour took us up "Boy Scout" hill. It's a short steep hill but the handicap is you can't get any speed up as you approach due to an intersection at the bottom. By the time I reached the top I was in the lowest gear I could find but I made it We also encountered "Pig Farm" hill but thankfully we approached it from the top. What a trip down - I rode the brakes and still reached 34 mph

And people want to know why I'm such a fan of disk brakes. Heat rejection, first and formost.
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Way to go, jp173. Bring on the next one!
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WTG! When you got to the top, did you ride back down and do it again?
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I rode the brakes and still reached 34 mph

Stop using the brakes and you can get to the next uphill faster.

I have hills that are just a matter of routine on my rides. I can still remember the early days of riding when I used to walk up them though.
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Stop using the brakes and you can get to the next uphill faster.

I have hills that are just a matter of routine on my rides. I can still remember the early days of riding when I used to walk up them though.
Unfortunately there's no next hill at this point as it dead-ends into another road

I find myself getting better at hill climbing. I'm not sure how I'll do on long gradual climbs since most of the hills I ride are of the short, steep variety.

I'm beginning to think there may be something wrong with me as I want to go back and tackle Bruckner hill. That's the steep winding hill from a recent bike tour. I rode it but had to do it in stages......I want to be able to ride up it without stops
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And so the addiction begins. If a year ago you told me I would love hills, I would have told you that you were crazy. But now - bring em on - the uglier the better. Sunday morning I did a bit of a ride in the morning (and a Tandem ride in the afternoon) - it was 20 Kilometers one direction. Lots of rolling hills. What was cool is that the hills now look bigger from a car than from a bike. I am usually half way up before I notice them.

Of course it helps that I have dropped 35 lbs since the early days...
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ALL RIGHT! It's good to be wrong once in a while! Nice going.
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A few years ago I was driving in the Roslyn/Port Washington area of Long Island (NY) and came to this humongous hill (Beacon Hill Rd). I remember saying to the people in the car that there was no way in hell I could possibly ride a bike up THAT hill.

I was wrong.

Bravo!
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