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Old 02-06-10, 08:15 PM   #1
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What bike for Mt. Mitchell?

I am now retired and belong in the 60+ group and have the time to train so what bike would you recommend to ride the Mt Mitchell Challange? I figure most everyone here has heard of the ride an many may have done it. If not, it is a little over 102+ miles with 12000 ft of climbing. I'm looking for a bike to train and ride to the top. Also just so you will know, they do not allow you to ride back down , and they do not allow you to transport your bike back down. They require you to let them transport it back to Marion and you ride a bus back to Marion.
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One that's comfortable with good hill gears.
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What are you riding Now?

What gearing does it have?
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A Harley. Let them transport it back down.

Seriously this is not a ride to consider if you have to ask this question. Are you an ex-Seal or other elite kind of group that at 60+ has maintained some form? What are you riding right now?
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The Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a bike ride. The Mt. Mitchell Challenge is for runners. The Assault on Mt Mitchell: This might not be completely accurate but it's in the ballpark: The ride starts at sea level and goes up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and from there you get to ride up Mt. Mitchell. Whee!!!!
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Depends how fit you are but I would suggest one with a low gear. You may be able to climb 15% hills for a mile or so with ease on your curent bike bit once you start a long ride with lots of hills- you will need low gearing.

Bit older than you but only went road 4 years ago and I got a Bike with a triple. 8 speed Sora but there was one advantage to "Old" technology. I could change the granny ring to a 28t and fit an MTB cassette of 12/28. That have me a gear ratio of 1 to 1. Good enough to get me up Ventoux so it works. 9 speed and you can fit the later MTB cassette of 11/34 and you can run a compact Crankset of 50/34 to give you the 1 to 1 ratio. 10 speed gets a bit better as 11/27 and a triple with a 28t granny gives you almost the same gearing.

The bike does not matter- whatever suits your budget within reason. Just make certain it is a road bike with 700c wheels and tyres. What does matter though is the gearing.
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Sorry for the wrong title, it is "Assault". I realize you or some could ride most anything "Lance" but what I'm looking for is what is a good bike to ride that type of event? I've tried to look at pictures but see mostly road bikes but names and what price are hard to determine hence the question. I try to ask as many questions as possible to learn from others so one must ask the questions. I would love to hear from some who have actually done the ride or similar rides.
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I know the area well, been to Mt. Mitchell [ highest elevation E. of Mississippi ] many times, but could never get in shape to ride it. Cyclists start in Spartanburg, S.C. [ my old hometown ] , about 90 miles away , & it is uphill from there. I take a car.
One nice Sept. day, it was about 60 in Spartanburg, so I packed a picnic to go up there. Once on the top, it was too cold to eat outside , even with jackets, & it started snowing. Rangers ran everyone off the mountain.
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I've done the assault several times. I suggest a bike as light as you can afford that can accommodate a triple crank. The last thirty miles or so is virtually all up hill very few flats or down hills to rest.
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