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  • Hilly (rolling)

    59 62.11%
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    Poll: Your Terrain Preference

    On another thread, the subject came up as to whether we prefer riding in flat or hilly terrain. So I'm curious ... as a group, what do we prefer?
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    I don't have much choices around where I live, Berkeley/Oakland hills or Diablo and plenty of lesser known hills!

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    While I like a few rolling hills in the early stages of a ride, I really like a gentle downhill slope with the wind at my back for the latter stages. Hey, I'm just trying to be honest. ;-)

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    Down hill...
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    I prefer long and flat,along the ocean.Next would be hilly .Not being a good climber,mountainous is last.

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    I like the flats but rolling hills are good too.

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    Poll:Your Terrain Preference

    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    I don't have much choices around where I live, Berkeley/Oakland hills or Diablo and plenty of lesser known hills!
    That's the reality of cycling, to me known as the concept of The Road. You may be able to pick your destination, but once you do, you have to travel, within certain choices, on the roads that are, and deal with what is. That’s particularly true for commuters, whose choices are further limited by destination and starting point.

    FYA, I started a thread on the Commuting Forum, ”Describe Your Commute” on a template, and one of the Items is “Hills.” Few examples:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Route: Reverse commute from downtown on four different routes of a minimal distance of 14 miles, each defined by a different hill; can expand to about 30 miles to train

    Environment: In order of hill difficulty: Gritty urban, pleasant suburban, pleasant urban, ritzy suburban

    Hills: One moderate hill on each route, then smaller hills; estimate only about 1-2 miles flat...

    Quote Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
    Route::….7 miles, hilly, 2 to 6 lane arterials, 1/3 bike lane the rest VC, short section of single track abandoned road.

    Hills:…nothing but

    Quote Originally Posted by m78596c View Post
    I go-pro'd it the other day, and posted high speed version of it on youtube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CLSyQLrxJI

    Hills: If I go through a scary tunnel, minimal hills. If I avoid the tunnel (which normally I do), there's a 1 mile 4% climb, and then a nice steep quarter mile hill (maybe 12% at the steepest) up to the building I work in, no matter which way I go.

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    Flat is okay with a tailwind, but I hate flat roads into the wind. I like rolling hills but that's the terrain I have, so I could be biased.

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    Central IN is generally flat, so I was very recently excited to figure out a ten mile loop from home that includes three short but steepish hills.
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    All of the above, but if I have to choose one, rolling hills. Mountainous would be a fairly close second with flat way behind in last place. No climbing means no coasting and that's not my idea of fun.
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    ^^^ +1 what BD said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    I don't have much choices around where I live, Berkeley/Oakland hills or Diablo and plenty of lesser known hills!
    That's where I grew up, er, came of age. That's my idea of the best riding, likely simply because it was how it got imprinted on me.

    After twenty years in the Central Valley, where we had to ride a century just to get a few hills in, I feel I've done enough flat stuff for several lifetimes. Give me mountains and hills and I'm a happy cyclist.

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    0208130935-00.jpgCurrently on the Alabama gulf coast, I rode 25 miles yesterday and total elevation gain was 68 feet. Highest point being a bridge over a waterway. Give me hills any day, at least you can coast downhill, a reward for climbing it.
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    Any ride has to have a mix. I live on the coast so there's plenty of flat riding on coastal routes, which I love, but the hills start near the coast so most inland rides have a fair amount of climbing and some lovely scenery, and nearly all local MTB rides are hilly.

    I don't mind hills, and ride a lot in the Brecon Beacons including one called 7 mile pitch for obvious reasons, but definitely don't love them! I'm not a great climber though and doubt whether I'd be able to do the huge amount of climbing some of the guys on this forum take in their stride, at least not without more than doubling my annual miles and including a lot of hills as part of that increased mileage.

    At the moment I'm injured following ruptured quadricep tendons and am unlikely to get on a bike outdoors for another 4-5 months, but what's worrying me is the way in which my right quadricep is visibly shrinking post-op due to the brace and inactivity. Even when back on the bike I think I'll be staying away from hills for a while due to the need to build my leg strength back up and to avoid the potential of a re-injury.
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    My terrain preference is good asphalt, not concrete, not chipseal, but good asphalt. Up here where I work, it's hilly. At the permanent residence, it's flat. As longs as there's good asphalt, I can handle it.

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    Despite living on the Central Gulf Coast, there are plenty of rollers to ride, as you move inland, to the north of the county (Escambia County, Florida.) Its pretty flat right on the coast, you can lay a marble down, and unless the on-shore winds come along, it won't move. Up county it starts the rolling part that is fun to ride along. Put several together and you don't get enough momentum to just ease up the next, you end up working a bit.

    I'd like to live further north, into Alabama, or Georgia, where the foot hills start to make things honest. The Georgia Piedmont is where we can go and get a fix, ask Blues Dawg about them.

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    Jacksonville, FL doesn't offer much in the way of hills, particularly near the beach, so my riding is pretty much all flat. I do prefer pavement or hard packed gravel or dirt. I used to be big into off-road riding, singletrack and the like, but as I've gotten older, I'm gravitating more to long stretches of asphalt.

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    I live in Houston, what is a hill?

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    I enjoy riding the hills. Rather than a terrain preference, I very much prefer tailwinds....

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    Too bad I could not pick all three. There are times I like each one. In north and west Phoenix there are long gradual climbs, and flat routes. Not much hilly. We do have mountain riding around Prescott, Flagstaff, Tuscon, and in the White Mtns in eastern AZ. None of those are too much like the Sierras in CA or the Rockies in CO though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
    Down hill...
    +1

    The best reason to ride up a hill is so you can go down the other side!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
    Flat is okay with a tailwind, but I hate flat roads into the wind. I like rolling hills but that's the terrain I have, so I could be biased.
    I agree with this. I hate a long flat stretch into the wind.

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    I enjoy a mix, although truth be told I could do without the 10%+ grades. Flat is great for speed runs, but tends to be boring, while too hilly leaves me slogging up hills forever - which is also boring but in a different way. So I guess my vote would be "hilly." To me, that would be somewhere between 1500 ft/century and 4500 ft/century. Less than that is pretty darned flat, and more than that starts being "very" hilly instead of "rolling."

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    Vic (Biker395),

    You already know I love the mountains but I answered your poll anyway!

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    All three so no vote.

    Leave the house and go North to the San Gabriel Mountains.

    Go West to the San Gabriel river trail and a hundred miles of flat round trip.

    Go south east to the Whittier Hills and rollers on wide roads with good bike lanes.

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