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    Climbing the Steepest Hill

    I've posted some photos and a story about last Sunday's Fargo Street Hill Climb, in Los Angeles, here.

    I'm guessing I'm one of the older riders to make the top of the hill this year (stats will be out later), which, while it is only 1/10th of a mile long, features a 33% grade.

    Here's a photo of my 59 year-old brother, who made it without stopping to the top of the hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    Here's a photo of my 59 year-old brother, who made it without stopping to the top of the hill.
    Hey, is he tacking? Cheater!





    j/k. That's awesome, congrats to both of you. Looks like fun.

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    That's awesome.

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    I climbed Fargo back in '78 and I still have my silly embroidered patch with the "33% grade" on it. So, that would have been when I was 28.

    Not sure I could climb it now (at nearly 61), but maybe next year I'll go out and give it a try again.

    What gearing were you using? I did it in a 30t x 28 in '78, but would use a 34t x 32t if I tried it in 2012.

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    33% ouch... I've got a hill similar to that leading up to my cottage up north but it's all gravel. My hat goes off to anybody who can climb a grade like that under any circumstances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    I climbed Fargo back in '78 and I still have my silly embroidered patch with the "33% grade" on it. So, that would have been when I was 28.

    Not sure I could climb it now (at nearly 61), but maybe next year I'll go out and give it a try again.

    What gearing were you using? I did it in a 30t x 28 in '78, but would use a 34t x 32t if I tried it in 2012.

    Rick / OCRR
    My brother and I climbed the hill in 1978, too.

    Back then, and for some years, we probably used 42/24 gearing. This time out, I used 34/27, and my brother went with 39/24.

    We both tack across the face of the hill - very few can pedal straight up. My brother plans on trying that next year.
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