^ I saw you just before the climb when I was warming up on my trainer. How'd it go for you?
Eh. My fastest so far, but only mid-pack; I still have far to go.
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.
I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
Stay calm and bring a towel.
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.
It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear....
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.
What I rode
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 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.).
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...
WANTED: Not a darn thing. I've got it all. Life is good.
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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!
4 hours and 70 windy miles on Saturday. Oh my, did I mention it was windy?
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
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.
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
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.
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.
Community, it's what makes BikeFourms special.
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In Ascensu Est Verum
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.
Salsa Podio • Curtlo Touring • Echelon Odyssey • Numerous MTBs
Shop ride Sunday, a counter-clockwise variation of a Winters loop. It was a beautiful day to be outside.
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.