Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Francisco bay area
Bikes: Oooh, I have a Lemond Tourmalet (road), a Shwinn World Tourist step-through (errand), some sort of Huffy beach crusier (errand), and another road bike of unknown make - it's either a custome bike or custom paint job - it is equipped with Biopace!?!
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Sure, there are a lot of hills in SF, but there are ways to avoid them and ways to get used to them. I live on the other side of the bay now, where it's relatively flat, though not as flat as Houston. The hills are part of our landscape, part of our psyche, part of our cycling "paradise," and generally don't intimidate us - they're just another part of the ride. One of the best things about cycling in Marin is making it to the top of Mt. Tam after 16 or so miles of pure climbing! To answer your question, I would say it would depend on the hill, and depend on the rider...when I lived in SF, there was a hill near my house which was at about a 30-35 (?) degree slope. Every time I would attempt to ascend it doing switchbacks, I could only conquer the first quarter before I would run out of steam. One day, in what seemed total defiance of gravity, I watched my friend Chris (RIP) ride straight up, all the way up!
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