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Old 01-04-12, 02:17 PM   #3726
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I got to thinking about Sunday's ride, and I had a bad feeling that I may have screwed up by riding along without saying anything first. I PMed a BF member who is also a member of The Hammerin' Wheels, and he confirmed my fears. Another lesson learned the hard way.

To anyone I may have offended by doing this, I am sorry.
Don't sweat it. I'm sure it's not a big deal.
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Old 01-04-12, 04:01 PM   #3727
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SBM hillclimb.

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Old 01-04-12, 06:55 PM   #3728
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^ I saw you just before the climb when I was warming up on my trainer. How'd it go for you?
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Eh. My fastest so far, but only mid-pack; I still have far to go.
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Old 01-04-12, 10:53 PM   #3730
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^ I saw you just before the climb when I was warming up on my trainer. How'd it go for you?
Is that you in the new team kit? Looks good!

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Old 01-04-12, 11:46 PM   #3731
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Is that you in the new team kit? Looks good!

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Thanks Georges - actually it's a 2010 jersey on loan until the new swanky kit comes in in a month or two.

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Eh. My fastest so far, but only mid-pack; I still have far to go.
Congrats! I managed a PR too, it was a damn hard effort and there's a big gap between me and any kind of podium-worthy time but it's all good.
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Old 01-06-12, 01:17 PM   #3732
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69 miles-Vallejo to Winters then Winters to Davis and back.
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Old 01-08-12, 12:21 AM   #3733
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Did hill repeats on Kings. For the first 40 minutes it was like a great Exodus from the hills with constant stream of cars coming down. All of them apparently not capable of driving more then 20mph.
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Old 01-08-12, 10:49 AM   #3734
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With the glorious non-winter weather we're enjoying, Saturday I thought I'd test my decidedly winter climbing legs in the Santa Cruz mountains. Up Hwy 9 from Saratoga to Skyline and down a very chilly descent to Boulder Creek and Felton. After a stop at Mountain Roasting for refreshments and hot coffee, I made the long slog (just over 10 increasingly steeper miles) up Zayante to Summit Road.

Just after turning onto Summit, I had to pull over to let a siren-screaming fire truck go by when I heard a familiar voice (talking a mile a minute) coming down the hill in the red & black colors of the NorCal jersey...



It was none other than LanceOldStrong who had picked up a local rider who was showing him the mountain roads. We chatted for a few minutes, had his new riding buddy snap a picture of the two of us (red was the color of the day), and then headed in our opposite directions. After a bit more climbing, I was bound for home via the "ballroom descent" of Old Santa Cruz and the dirt and gravel path along Lexington Reservoir and Los Gatos Creek.

58 miles, 5300 feet of climbing and two sore legs, but a great day to be out riding in Northern California.
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Old 01-08-12, 11:37 AM   #3735
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Did some more testing of my Bike Friday on some Auburn climbs. I lowered the bars as far as they would go, so now the bike feels more stable on descents. I rode Bald Hill, Baxter Grade, Crater Hill, parts of Wise Road and Mt. Vernon, out and back on Millertown Road, and finished it off with the 25% climb up Linden Avenue in downtown Auburn.

I decided to check out Victory Velo, and they had the narrower, higher pressure tires I wanted for the Bike Friday. That's more than I can say for the Sacramento LBS's. They always have to order my tires.

I ended up riding back to Newcastle with two tires hanging off my handlebars. Good thing I have bar ends!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/139785544 Even crappier than normal average speed due to riding with a much slower friend. I pushed hard on climbs and doubled back or waited at the top.

Here's video of Bald Hill (climb and descent), and the Baxter Grade, Millertown, and Linden Avenue climbs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POJ0cw-FDSo
[video=youtube;POJ0cw-FDSo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POJ0cw-FDSo[/video]

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Old 01-08-12, 12:19 PM   #3736
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Did some more testing of my Bike Friday on some Auburn climbs.
You always have interesting stuff. Your camera is a helmet mount? Makes it more interesting than a handlebar mount because we see what you're looking at, see what's coming up ahead, etc. I'm conflicted between hearing heavy breathing for realism, and mood music for artistry.

[video=vimeo;34444404]http://vimeo.com/34444404[/video]

I have a Bike Friday tandem and we have to be really careful with heat buildup on the rims on long or steep descents... all the normal things tandem riders and hill descenders have to worry about plus the fact that there's only about half as much aluminum there to absorb the energy... at the Tour d'Organics we ruined the valve on the rear tube because it got so hot... started whistling and wouldn't re-seat.
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You always have interesting stuff. Your camera is a helmet mount? Makes it more interesting than a handlebar mount because we see what you're looking at, see what's coming up ahead, etc. I'm conflicted between hearing heavy breathing for realism, and mood music for artistry.

I have a Bike Friday tandem and we have to be really careful with heat buildup on the rims on long or steep descents... all the normal things tandem riders and hill descenders have to worry about plus the fact that there's only about half as much aluminum there to absorb the energy... at the Tour d'Organics we ruined the valve on the rear tube because it got so hot... started whistling and wouldn't re-seat.
I have helmet mount (ContourHD) and handlebar mount (GoPro HD Hero 960) cameras. For the above video I used the GoPro on the handlebar mount because it was a windy day and there was too much wind noise on the ContourHD. The GoPro's enclosure does an excellent job of muting wind noise, even with the non-waterproof door installed. I always use the non-waterproof door to let in more sound.

I definitely prefer natural sound on ride videos. My videos document my rides exactly as they happened, and that means showing the effort I put into the climbs. That's why I love spingineer's videos. He shows it like it is too. I love the sights and sounds of a good sufferfest!

I would love to see the original version of your video with natural sound, if you still have it. Videos like that are very motivating. Some of my best climbing was done after watching other cyclists' raw footage of tough climbs.

Thanks for the heads-up on the heat buildup. I just bought a pair of 20x1.5 100 psi Kenda Kwests to replace the 20x1.75 65 psi Kenda Kontacts that the bike came with. When the bike is in the lowest gear, the bottom of the derailleur cage rubs on the sidewall of the tire. I just noticed that yesterday while waiting at the top of a climb for my riding partner. I noticed that the tire was worn down to the cords where the derailleur contacted it. The scary thing is that I've only used the lowest gear one time-on the 38% section of Broderick Street in San Francisco the day before Thanksgiving.

After what you said, I will lower the pressure to 80 psi if I plan on doing any steep descents that will require excessive braking (Iowa Hill Road, Mix Canyon, etc.).
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Old 01-08-12, 06:28 PM   #3738
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Today: Pig Farm, da Bears, and LanceOldstrong's secret climb back to Walnut Creek.
Cool enough for glove liners under the cycling gloves. Which means I can't use the iPhone camera while I ride...
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Old 01-08-12, 11:05 PM   #3739
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Saturday was the 3 Bears--it is a good ride for me. Surprisingly windy which I can do without and rather warm--could have done without the heavy gloves!
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Old 01-08-12, 11:18 PM   #3740
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I have a Bike Friday tandem and we have to be really careful with heat buildup on the rims on long or steep descents... all the normal things tandem riders and hill descenders have to worry about plus the fact that there's only about half as much aluminum there to absorb the energy... at the Tour d'Organics we ruined the valve on the rear tube because it got so hot... started whistling and wouldn't re-seat.
Great video--great fun to watch--does french singing help the pain?
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Old 01-08-12, 11:33 PM   #3741
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does french singing help the pain?
How come I didn't think about that one before?
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Old 01-09-12, 12:08 AM   #3742
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4 hours and 70 windy miles on Saturday. Oh my, did I mention it was windy?
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Old 01-09-12, 12:10 AM   #3743
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A pleasant little jaunt today - and what a gorgeous day. From the house in North Berkeley, off to MacArthur BART and then to the Embarcadero Station. From there, along the Embarcadero, through the Fisherman's Wharf area, the Marina, Crissy Field, over the Golden Gate, and up Conzelman to the top of Hawk Hill. I had to meet the missus back in SF and hadn't gotten off as early as I should have, so I didn't have time to go down to one-way road part. Instead, back down the way I came to the traffic circle, down into whatever valley that is, through the Baker Tunnel, and back over the GG to Cow Hollow, where my honey-bunch was finishing up a dance class.

I still haven't replaced the Garmin I busted at the Giro d'Vino, so no numbers (probably 15-ish miles). But what an incredibly lovely day. The views of San Francisco and the East Bay from the Marin headlands were to die for. And the January weather was the kind that makes Midwesterners and Easterners hate us - and I'm okay with that.
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Great video--great fun to watch--does french singing help the pain?
I thought "C'est si bon" meant: "My butt hurts" n'est pas?
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Old 01-09-12, 09:08 AM   #3745
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We had such a fun ride on Sunday - Altamont/Patterson Pass Loop and I was suppose to keep my heart rate at 155 or below, solidly in my long endurance zone. I LOVE rides like that! There were places on Patterson where I was doing less than 3 miles an hour. , but my average heart rate was 157. My heart rate did spike up to 170 at the very top. We turned around and went back down 1.75 miles and rode back up a bit more briskly. I was 3 minutes and 40 seconds faster over this section with an average heart rate of 165 and 180 at the summit. What a difference for just 8 beats a minute.

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Old 01-09-12, 09:28 AM   #3746
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Just got to say I am still lovin' BikeForums. Twitter, Facebook, Strava all have their place and also have all hurt BF traffic a bit I suspect. Just these last 10 entries or so on this thread show why I love this place. Sharing the rides and the love of cycling with the people I have met here. To think that over the last couple years I have ridden with Gpelpel, Beaker, Cccorlew, Bikingshearer, MarcoPolo,Princess Zippy, DiabloScott, Red Rider and Joel S. and here they all are gathered in one place sharing rides and tales.

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Saturday I got to use one of my Christmas toys - an 250MPH Toro Leaf Blower/Vacuum! But we did get a run down to Pascal's in Danville for a whopping 13.9 miles. Then Sunday the high winds made me think twice about a Patterson Pass ride and I really wanted to ride my 9er anyway so it was off to the old familiar trails of Lake Chabot. The view up on Soaring Hawk was amazing, the bay air was clear and the sun very warm. I know we need the rain but wow, just beautiful out there.
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Shop ride Sunday, a counter-clockwise variation of a Winters loop. It was a beautiful day to be outside.
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I rode in circles on Sunday. Literally, around Dumbarton Circle.

Got demolished by the 4's and held my own in the junior's race.

Not a very proud day when you step out of a 40minute race with 5 to go.
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I thought "C'est si bon" meant: "My butt hurts" n'est pas?
"Non" it means "it is so good" and "mon cul me fait mal"

On my next ride I will sing in french and see if I hurt less!
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