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    We donít want no drama

    As Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas says in her song My Hump, we do not want any drama (grammar corrected). Especially, when we are riding. But invariably, there is always some. On Tuesday evening my wife and I went for a 30 mile ride after work on singles. When we left our parking spot, we headed north into the wind to get the windy section over with first. Well, the crosswinds were so strong, it nearly blew us off the road and was not good. We made the turn around and made sure we slowed at the very windy spots on the way back. We headed south and on a long fast down hill, I get a flat tire on the back at high speed entering a freeway interchange area. Got the bike stopped at the freeway bridge and fixed the flat. We continued on and started our climb up a 5 mile hill. ĺ of the way up, the police stopped traffic and would not let us or any cars go due to an accident. Now, we are starting to be concerned about daylight. We talked with another couple on mountain bikes and asked them if there was a way to go other than retrace our route. Yes, we could take another road, but it was not great - mountain biker advice. How bad could it be??? Well, how about a Ĺ mile at a 12% grade. We start up the hill and it is difficult and I was happy to have my triple. My wife was behind and falling further back so we regrouped at the top. We made it back to the car just as it was getting dark. In the car, my wife says to me “I should have been able to kick your butt back on the hill”. Of course dear, you were having an off day. In her dreams…
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    I suspect that her opinion is formed by being able to stick "on your wheel" during the tandem rides.

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    Some days the bear will eat you. Some days you eat the bear.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes
    In the car, ///my wife says to me ďI should have been able to kick your butt back on the hillĒ. Of course dear, you were having an off day. In her dreamsÖ
    Only a 12%????

    Have to admit that I ride on 8 to 10 % but look for the 15%ers. for training

    Glad I did at the weekend but How long was the 12% and what gearing did she have?

    Now go and find a REAL hill for her and see how you feel in only using Middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSLeVan
    Some days the bear will eat you. Some days you eat the bear.
    In the mountains of Montana, a golf course had bears in the surrounding
    forest. Because the bears would often wander out on the course, the
    department of Fish and Wildlife was invited to speak to the members.
    During this meeting the game warden gave the following advice: Wear
    noise producing devices such as little bells on your clothing to alert
    bears to your presence. They should not be startled. Carry a can of
    pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear. Watch for signs of
    bear activity. Golfers should learn to recognize the difference between
    black bear and grizzly bear droppings on the golf course.

    Black bear droppings are small and contain berries and possibly
    squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have bells in them and smell like
    pepper spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    Only a 12%????

    Have to admit that I ride on 8 to 10 % but look for the 15%ers. for training

    Glad I did at the weekend but How long was the 12% and what gearing did she have?

    Now go and find a REAL hill for her and see how you feel in only using Middle.

    (Have to stand up for the Chef in the family)
    I never said which chain ring I used. I said I was happy to have my triple and it was difficult. I was in the big chain ring just like everyone else who climbs steep hills here in the 50+ forum and of couse we were disappointed that the route did not turn out to be steeper
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes
    I never said which chain ring I used. I said I was happy to have my triple and it was difficult. I was in the big chain ring just like everyone else who climbs steep hills here in the 50+ forum and of couse we were disappointed that the route did not turn out to be steeper
    Yeah, pretty much, that's the way we all roll around here....
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    You just need to come down here to big ring country. Hill repeats mean attacking the I75 overpass
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecrd
    You just need to come down here to big ring country. Hill repeats mean attacking the I75 overpass



    Yea, but when you have strong headwinds those overpasses are horrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes
    I was in the big chain ring just like everyone else who climbs steep hills here in the 50+ forum
    Yeah! I shifted onto the big ring and then took off my front derailleur, as I wouldn't be needing it anymore!

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    My next bike I'm getting a single in front.. a 54 and just 5 in back...11 - 15 Oh hell may as well ride a fixie
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    Well, Hermes, you will pay dearly for that post - on and off the bike.
    In bocca al lupo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velodiva
    Well, Hermes, you will pay dearly for that post - on and off the bike.


    I'm going to call you "No Mercy ME" -- you remind me of me if I was petite and blonde.

    It's gonna s*ck to be Hermes.
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