Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Senior Member SaiKaiTai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,984
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    It wasn't my best day out

    I didn't have enough time for a long ride of any sort on Saturday so I opted for making the miles count.
    I haven't done THIS CLIMB in a while and figured it was time for a gut check. When I got home I subtracted the starting point from the end and divided by the distance covered... your basic grade percentage calculation. If I had known it averaged out as a 9% (OK, 8.9 but why quibble?) climb. If I had known that, I might not have tried.

    Anyway, up I went. Can't say for sure if it was any easier than the last time I tried or if I stopped any fewer times to catch my wind but I did get to the top -1.3 miles- in 15 minutes. That would be 5 minutes less -minimum- than the last time I tried. Where I turned left was about 600' and I felt so good, I turned left and headed up and down and up and down and left and right and left and right and right and up and up and up and got to the top of Milagara Ridge, 663 feet up.

    So, I hung out for a bit and headed on down to the top of Sharp Park Road. Hit the crossing button and waited. It turned green and -with one foot still clicked in- I flipped the around, pushed off, went to click in the other foot and my toe count the tire. Much awkwardness and a hard bounce of the ol' coccyxx and nether regions off of the saddle followed by stumbling and a general lack of grace ensued and I was on my way. Off course a car was sitting at the red light watching the whole display "Just look cool" I said to myself and peddled off across the road.

    Then I pedalled around a newish subdivision I have never really checked out and headed out the parking lot right back onto Sharp Park Road. It pretty much just dumped me into the road way -which can be pretty busy- so I headed for the rounded shoulder and the bike/ped path to get out of the way. I took the curb at an angle -I was moving pretty quickly but not blinding- and when my rear wheel hit the gutter, I noticed, too late, that it was full of dry eucalyptus leaves. Shwoop! Out went my rear wheel from under me and I was airborne. Bike went down in a slow, graceful slide and I flipped over to land on my shoulder and did a half roll/summersault. How embarssing.

    Gathered my wits, did a parts check and head down the the Grace McCarthy rest area (it's all on the hybrid view, folks, with sufficient zooming in). Took a break, ate my fig newtons and I got to take the 1 mile, 9% drop. 35mph. No cars behind me. What a rush. I was pretty beat from the climb up and the fall but, man, I felt good. I can't wait to go back and try again.

    Is this great or what? I love my bike(s)
    '13 Felt Z3 - '08 Jamis Aurora Elite - ('07 Giant OCR C2)

  2. #2
    SSP
    SSP is offline
    Software for Cyclists SSP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Redding, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 5200, Specialized MTB
    Posts
    4,618
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    With both hills and blood, that will qualify (for now*) as an "epic" ride...congratulations!




    * Note: as you progress in the sport, the criteria for "epic" keeps going up....be forewarned.
    CycliStats.com - Software for Cyclists
    WeightWare.com - Weight Management Software

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    4,866
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like a good ride to me. Glad you or the Reno didn't get dinged up.

  4. #4
    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Reno, Nevada
    My Bikes
    2012 Masi Evoluzione, 2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2
    Posts
    7,894
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So basically the bike's okay?
    Visit my blog! The Leadership Almanac
    2012 Masi Evoluzione
    2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2

    Proud member of the original Club Tombay

  5. #5
    Senior Member Terrierman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    SWMO
    Posts
    3,177
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Only 35?

    Glad you survived more or less intact.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

  6. #6
    Senior Member ?? Beverly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Englewood,Ohio
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek Madone 5.0 WSD - 2007 Trek 4300 WSD - 2008 Trek 520
    Posts
    5,090
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai View Post
    Bike went down in a slow, graceful slide and I flipped over to land on my shoulder and did a half roll/summersault.

    Is this great or what? I love my bike(s)
    I wasn't there to see it but this sounds like at least a 9.5 landing to me

    Glad you and the bike are okay.
    =============================================================
    My cancer updates:
    https://www.mylifeline.org/beverlyow...=myupdates.cfm

    Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
    -- Antonio Smith

  7. #7
    Senior Member SaiKaiTai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,984
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yep. The LeMond came through literally without a scratch. I just had a lightly scuffed elbow. Didn't have any blood My pride was pretty thrashed though but I'll get over that. I went down right at the top of a blind right-hander -folks are generally doing 45-50mph there- and the lanes are pretty narrow. All I could think of was that rider in the TdF who went down at the traffic island and landed with his head on the road as a SAG wagon went by just a few inches from it. I realized at that point that I was pretty trashed from the ride up and figured a nice rest at the vista point was in order before I went back down. Smart move.

    It's amazing how slowly one can crawl uphill. I was doing maybe 4.5-5.5 mph pushing granny at about 50-60rpms. Not a mash, exactly, but more like a s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n spin. This is hard stuff. I guess 1.3 miles at 9% (with 3 or 4 stops) is about my limit right now.
    '13 Felt Z3 - '08 Jamis Aurora Elite - ('07 Giant OCR C2)

  8. #8
    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Paoli, Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3
    Posts
    9,980
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I could average about 3 mph up a 1.3 mile hill at 9%. At least I think I could maintain that speed while pushing my bike.
    "Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L'Amour

    There are two types of road bikers: bikers who are faster than me, and me. Bruce Cameron - Denver Post

  9. #9
    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    North Carolina
    My Bikes
    Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
    Posts
    6,160
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "Momma said they'd be days like this........"

  10. #10
    Senior Member dorosz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    South Bend, In
    My Bikes
    80's Schwinn Sierra MTB* 07 Jamis Ventura Comp* 09 Fuji Nevada 3.0 MTB
    Posts
    234
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    I could average about 3 mph up a 1.3 mile hill at 9%. At least I think I could maintain that speed while pushing my bike.
    You speed demon you.

  11. #11
    Senior Member further's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    76
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have ridden a Trek 520 up hill at <3mph
    I have the key, to escape reality....Get on your bikes and ride

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    S.E. Pennsylvania, USA
    Posts
    1,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    "Momma said they'd be days like this........"
    Or.... "some days the bear will eat you. Some days you'll eat the bear."

    Glad you and the Lemond survived and that you're able to post and keep some humor about it all.
    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.

  13. #13
    Senior Member SaiKaiTai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,984
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BSLeVan View Post
    Or.... "some days the bear will eat you. Some days you'll eat the bear."

    Glad you and the Lemond survived and that you're able to post and keep some humor about it all.
    "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug"

    Yeah, we both survived just fine.
    Took my baby out for another jaunt last night, in fact.
    Short, but challenging (not quite as challenging as it has been, though. Cool )

    And you HAVE to keep your sense of humor intact.
    '13 Felt Z3 - '08 Jamis Aurora Elite - ('07 Giant OCR C2)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •