I rented a car for the weekend for two trips to the mountains to do some climbing. Since it is a PITA to put a full-size bike in a typical sedan, I took my Dahon Speed D7, which only has a 7-speed drivetrain.
The first climb was the Lake Tahoe side of Kingsbury Grade, which is about 3.5 miles long with a max grade of 12%. The steeper parts were a sufferfest and I had to ride out of the saddle on the first steep part. I got passed like I was standing still by a female triathlete (judging by the type of bike she was riding) who said "Good job". I barely heard her, so unfortunately the camera didn't pick it up. Female cyclists are so encouraging!
After I reached the top at Daggett Summit I climbed to the real summit at the top of Bigler Circle. After that I checked out another nice steep climb. It showed grades up to 17%, yet somehow I was able to ride the whole thing in the saddle.
Next was Ski Run Blvd, which has a 21% section on the last block. I had to ride that section out of the saddle, barely turning the cranks. Good suffering!
Garmin Connect data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/97993729
Here are the two videos. You can sometimes hear the handlebar creaking on steep sections, but luckily it didn't do that all the time.
For those who aren't familiar with my editing style, I despise music on ride videos, as I feel it doesn't tell the story of the ride as well as natural ride audio, so these are raw. That means there's a fair amount of heavy breathing on these, especially on the 21% section of Ski Run Blvd, so be forewarned.
Ski Run Blvd:
Top of Kingsbury Grade:
Dahon Speed D7 at Daggett Summit by kittyz202, on Flickr
Top of one of the climbs above Kingsbury Grade:
Dahon Speed D7 with mountains in background 7-9-11 by kittyz202, on Flickr
Midway point of Kingsbury Grade descent. Descending is not this bike's strong point, so I didn't mind stopping in the middle of a descent to take this picture:
midway point of Kingsbury Grade descent by kittyz202, on Flickr
Top of Ski Run Blvd climb:
top of Ski Run Blvd climb by kittyz202, on Flickr