Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Climbing Above It All BikeWNC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Basking in the Sun.
    Posts
    4,146
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Ring of Hades loop today with pics

    As mentioned in the Did You Ride Today thread, Neal H and I rode a local loop called the Ring of Hades. It gets it's name from the 73 miles and over 7K' of climbing. To make it especially hellish, the road along Charlie's Creek is a series of very steep climbs which at mile 65 really burn up the legs. We're talking grades into the high teens! They hurt. The reason we did this ride today was to recon the Tour de Tuck century ride which happens in Sept. Our route covered all of the last 62 miles of the 105 on that ride and Neal wanted to get a look. The century in Sept has a true 11K' of climbing.

    We started the ride at 8:30am in small Tuckaseigee, NC and rode through the college town of Cullowhee then through Sylva. From there we climbed up to the BRP and continued the climb to 6053'. It was then down back to the car at 2500', unfortunately there was still plenty of steep work along Charlie's Creek to do along the way. It was a perfect day for a ride. Temps started in the mid 50s and stayed in the low 60s throughout until we climbed high enough on the mountain to once again find the low 50s. Perfect temps for a light base layer and ss jersey.









    Last edited by BikeWNC; 07-18-09 at 04:22 PM.

  2. #2
    Climbing Above It All BikeWNC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Basking in the Sun.
    Posts
    4,146
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)









  3. #3
    Senior Member George's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Katy Texas
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    5,293
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fantastic pictures, the bike looks great too. How do you like those Dura Ace wheels?
    George

  4. #4
    Climbing Above It All BikeWNC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Basking in the Sun.
    Posts
    4,146
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Fantastic pictures, the bike looks great too. How do you like those Dura Ace wheels?
    That is Neal actually on his Tarmac Sworks SL2. I rode my Roubaix Sworks SL2. We both have the DA 24CL wheels and both love them. We talked about them on the ride and believe they are the best all around clincher out there. The do get changed for the new season with tubeless compatibility. The weight should stay the same though at around 1380g. The wheels have a very comfortable ride and are plenty stiff for the riding we do. They climb well too!

  5. #5
    Senior Member NealH's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Triangle, NC
    My Bikes
    S-Works Tarmac
    Posts
    1,402
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Excellent pictures, it was a great day and a really good route. Some of the roads were about as ideal for cycling as any I've been on - good pavement, unspoiled scenery, and plenty of climbing and descending - and low traffic to boot!

    I took a few pictures but, will have to post them after I get back to Raleigh since I forgot the download connector cable.

    Hard to believe but, we were trying to avoid the shade on our climbs. We wanted to be in the sun. That may sound a bit unusual being the middle of July in NC but, that's how cool it was up this way today.

  6. #6
    Senior Member George's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Katy Texas
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    5,293
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    That is Neal actually on his Tarmac Sworks SL2. I rode my Roubaix Sworks SL2. We both have the DA 24CL wheels and both love them. We talked about them on the ride and believe they are the best all around clincher out there. The do get changed for the new season with tubeless compatibility. The weight should stay the same though at around 1380g. The wheels have a very comfortable ride and are plenty stiff for the riding we do. They climb well too!
    Good for 200# me?
    George

  7. #7
    Climbing Above It All BikeWNC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Basking in the Sun.
    Posts
    4,146
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Good for 200# me?
    I've been on them at 187# this winter and they held up fine. I'm lighter than that now. So, IDK how they would do at 200#, I guess it depends on the type riding you do and how much power you put out. Any wheel will need a truing touch up after the first few weeks on riding. I had to true and retension the rear wheel twice in the first month but haven't touched them since. I probably have well over 2000 miles on them I would guess, probably more. I know I have 750 miles on them in the last 6 weeks since that is what I have on my new bike.

  8. #8
    Senior Member George's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Katy Texas
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    5,293
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    I've been on them at 187# this winter and they held up fine. I'm lighter than that now. So, IDK how they would do at 200#, I guess it depends on the type riding you do and how much power you put out. Any wheel will need a truing touch up after the first few weeks on riding. I had to true and retension the rear wheel twice in the first month but haven't touched them since. I probably have well over 2000 miles on them I would guess, probably more. I know I have 750 miles on them in the last 6 weeks since that is what I have on my new bike.
    Thanks for information. I'll have to check out some prices.
    George

  9. #9
    Senior Member NealH's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Triangle, NC
    My Bikes
    S-Works Tarmac
    Posts
    1,402
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't think 200# is any problem for these wheels. There are a lot of 200# cyclists on the roads and, given Shimano's reputation I don't think they would sell a wheel on the open market that is limited to rider weights of < 200#. If you have doubts though, then call them (Shimano US). They will answer the phone and their customer service people are helpful.

    The wheels are really good. I have the newer Topolinos, Bontrager Race-XXX-Lites, Fusee SL's(Specialized's top offering), and Mavic CXP-33s on DT hubs. The Shimanos are my favorites. They reek of quality, both in construction and performance.

Posting Permissions

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