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bikingshearer 08-21-12 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott (Post 14629430)
I did Diablo again.

I'm shocked, shocked, I say . . . . :D

DiabloScott 08-21-12 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by bikingshearer (Post 14634339)
I'm shocked, shocked, I say . . . . :D

OOOh, got the Contour video onto Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/47917322

bsektzer 08-21-12 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by bobonker (Post 14630178)
I did the "Tour of Napa Valley" century yesterday. It was my 5th century and by far the most attended. I think they had almost 2000 riders.

It was fun, but it got hot during the middle 1/3 of the ride. Before hitting the rather ugly climb on Ink Grade Rd (which wouldn't be that bad in cooler weather), I stopped at a store and got an ice cold can of Coke. Man, that tasted good!

Bob

Rode the "Tour of Napa Valley" metric century on Sunday. The Ink Grade climb was challenging in the heat, but the descent afterward was more than worth the effort. Beautiful scenery all around!

gaucho777 08-22-12 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott (Post 14634527)
OOOh, got the Contour video onto Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/47917322

What's that noise at 2:34?

DiabloScott 08-23-12 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by gaucho777 (Post 14638700)
What's that noise at 2:34?


Maybe my tongue hitting the pavement?
I don't usually keep the sound track, either silence or music sounds better than my gasping.

Side of headtube mount:

https://vimeo.com/46602368

caloso 08-23-12 03:02 PM

NorCal Masters Crit Championships. Rode like an idiot. Got the result I deserved.

bikingshearer 08-23-12 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by caloso (Post 14643998)
NorCal Masters Crit Championships. Rode like an idiot. Got the result I deserved.

Better'n I coulda done. If I had been there, my report would have been something like this: "NorCal Masters Crit Championships. Rode hard, was in the mix for a bit, then I blew up, got dropped, and heaved my guts out. Then on the second lap . . . ."

UmneyDurak 08-23-12 09:09 PM

Did the 2-Wheel something or other Masters Crit Champoinship in cat3/4. Tons of fun. First corner made me realize I am not in 4's. ha ha. Moved my ass in to top ten and stayed there. Overall pace wasn't all that high. Tried for couple of prims, but best I could do was hang on. On final lap metromint guy sat up and I magically ended up almost at the end. Not kool. Put my big boy underwear on, and moved up in to the top 5ish or so. In last half of the lap things really picked up. Had hard time maintaining wheel and dropped few places. Someone was not happy about it on my wheel. Which he expressed by shouting. At least provided motivation to bring the pace up. Final sprint was trying to turn the dead legs around and finishing in top ten overall. Podium in the 4s (scored separately). Just 11 more points to upgrade. :) Don't feel like upgrading on top tens.

freighttraininguphill 08-23-12 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott (Post 14643931)
I don't usually keep the sound track, either silence or music sounds better than my gasping.

I like to hear the rider's effort on a climb. Because I like to suffer up hills, I prefer the raw, stark reality of a hard climb when watching video of a climb. If I hear music or silence, the stop button gets pressed immediately. The real sounds of a real bike ride are much more inspiring to me.

For those who aren't familiar with my posts and my videos, you can find plenty of fine examples of the kind of videos I'm talking about on my YouTube channel, which is in my profile. I record every hard climb I do. I also have videos posted in this thread.

I have had a handful of people complain about hearing my breathing in my videos. AFAIK, none of those who complained like to climb ;)

DiabloScott 08-24-12 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill (Post 14645516)
I have had a handful of people complain about hearing my breathing in my videos. AFAIK, none of those who complained like to climb ;)


I've noticed that you hack and spit and rocketsnot a bit less than I do.
;)

I'm not sure if my helmetcam picks up flatulence or not, but that might be further motivation to overdub harmonica music or something.

freighttraininguphill 08-24-12 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott (Post 14647587)
I've noticed that you hack and spit and rocketsnot a bit less than I do.
;)

I'm not sure if my helmetcam picks up flatulence or not, but that might be further motivation to overdub harmonica music or something.

I don't spit at all unless I get a bug in my mouth or something. It's easy for me to edit out that quick 1-second clip anyway ;) With video editing software, there's no need to change the whole video because of one or two things that you don't want people to hear. When I'm riding with other people, I often edit out some of our conversation if I feel it's too private to share with the world, leaving the effort of the climb untouched.

I'd still love to see a version of your Diablo climb with original audio. Some of my best climbing was done after watching other cyclists' videos of tough climbs with natural sound. Hell, I don't care if people mute the audio of my videos and listen to copyrighted music of their choice. That's the good thing about leaving my videos as is. Those who enjoy natural sound can hear it, and those who want music can play the song of their choice. If I put a song that I like over it, more than likely it isn't going to be one that everyone likes anyway. Music is highly individual, so you can't please everyone.

I have accomodated those who don't care for my chest strap mount MTB footage by making a second video of the same ride from the helmet cam perspective. I always ride with a ContourHD helmet cam and a GoPro HD Hero 960 mounted on me or the bike, so that's no problem.

Here's a couple examples of that.

My first ride on Tahoe-area Hole-In-The-Ground trail (pics & video)


Video of my Granite Bay ride

UmneyDurak 08-25-12 11:24 PM

Stopped to help someone who was lost after her friends dropped her near Woodside. Realized even thought I ride the same roads almost everyday I have no idea what they are called. :lol: Managed to point her in the right direction.

While we were talking on a shoulder some guy in webcore kit blew past us going downhill, shouting something about us needing to move over. Kind of hard to do when there is a drop down hill when the roads ends. Apparently it was too much effort for him to move in to the road from a wide shoulder. Anyway caught up to him near Stanford Campus. He was riding on the white line, so I merged in to the road to pass him. Oh the irony. :lol:

Lanceoldstrong 08-26-12 06:32 PM

with cccorlew, mylilpony and midland: The Hobo Roads 1/2 Hundo from Concord to the outskirts of Fairfield.
(thanks to bigbossman for giving me the immortal phrase "hobo roads")
55 mile out and back with some hills and a bit of wind. http://app.strava.com/rides/19849760
A good day out, my longest ride since my crash on 6/20. :)

The Northbound trip is on a frontage road east of 680 called Goodyear Road and the Southbound trip is on a frontage road on the west side of 680 called Lopes Road. These roads are way, way better than you would think. Going north 680 is bermed and above you so you barely notice it, going south it is below you and you look over it to sweeping views of the mothball fleet, the Carquinez straight and Mt. Diablo. Northbound we ran along a nice wetlands area and southbound we were on some make you work rollers through oak wooded hills.
Turn Around was a nice lunch at J & O Market/Deli in the Breckenridge development on the outskirts of Fairfield. Nice people, great patio for getting the grub on.

cccorlew 08-26-12 08:22 PM

And just to prove it really happened:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7...6c85acb5_z.jpg
Hobo Roads half a hundred_Dan by ccorlew, on Flickr

UmneyDurak 08-26-12 09:51 PM

I don't know, looks fake. :lol:

Midland 08-26-12 09:52 PM

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budkid 08-26-12 10:02 PM

I just passed you guys going down McGary! It was at this exact location! Good to see you in the area!

This was my ride...
http://app.strava.com/activities/19833364

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Originally Posted by cccorlew (Post 14656442)


bigbossman 08-27-12 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong (Post 14656051)
(thanks to bigbossman for giving me the immortal phrase "hobo roads").

"Trash strewn wasteland" didn't sound nearly as poetic.

UmneyDurak 08-27-12 11:00 PM

Did Vacaville Grand Prix. This is the third year in a row that I have done it. Interesting progression: almost last, top 30, and this year top 10, and got a prim. I think the biggest difference is I am eating better/more.

curbtender 08-28-12 08:19 AM

Anyone ride the trail along '80' from Columbus parkway up to Red Top? Drive by it all the time but I never see bikes on that first hill.

freighttraininguphill 08-28-12 12:00 PM

Last weekend was my third ride with one of the Hammerin' Wheels cycling club riders who always has great climbing rides. This was the hardest ride I've ever done in my life: 66 miles with 6,837' of climbing (forgot to start the timer on the Garmin right away, so the data shows 65.88 miles). That's nothing to the male roadies who did this ride, but to my 30 lbs overweight self, it was a sufferfest!

This was a ride from Auburn to Foresthill and back via the steep Iowa Hill Road climb, which is 1.8 miles long with a 12.5% average grade. After that climb there is about 15 more miles of climbing before Foresthill Road, then it's mostly downhill to Auburn, with a few short rollers thrown in there to keep things interesting.

The part of the ride from Auburn to Plumtree Road was my idea. It is part of one of my favorite loops from Newcastle to Colfax and back. He added the rest of the ride because I wanted to climb Iowa Hill Road. The extra distance was added to avoid the Iowa Hill descent, which sucks because it's so steep that I had to stop several times on the way down to let my rims cool the last time I climbed it.

This video looks like a solo ride, because it pretty much was for the most part :o The Iowa Hill Road climb is the one recorded with my new GoPro HD Hero2 on the chest strap mount. The rest of the video was recorded with my ContourHD on the helmet mount.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgl_3uAoHTM

His ContourGPS camera malfunctioned and wouldn't record, so I loaned him my ContourHD to use on his handlebars for his climb up Iowa Hill Road. Unfortunately I forgot about how much road rattle you get when the Contour cameras are mounted to the bars, so his entire climb was full of rattling noise. Even so, I was still able to decipher most of his commentary and even hear some shifting and breathing, especially near the end when he was pushing really hard. I added captions to make his commentary easier to understand.

http://contour.com/stories/hammerin-...l-road-8-26-12

Same thing with his third-person footage of the last part of my climb up Iowa Hill Road.

http://contour.com/stories/third-per...-climb-8-26-12

Red Rider 08-28-12 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak (Post 14661429)
Did Vacaville Grand Prix. This is the third year in a row that I have done it. Interesting progression: almost last, top 30, and this year top 10, and got a prim. I think the biggest difference is I am eating better/more.

I did that race, too. What category did you race?

I was W3/4. I've worked it as a course marshal for years. GFs signed up and challenged me.

Most. Fun. Race. Ever.

I had no fear and no expectations and had a blast. Finished Top 20, my best placing in a crit ever. Whee!

Most impressive performance: Larry Nolan. Took the Mast. P/1/2/35+ in a dominant sprint, and raced with the P/1/2 and didn't finish DFL. Beastly.

Red Rider 08-28-12 09:54 PM

I started the Winters Road Race on Sat. as the domestique for my much stronger teammate. All I had to do was deliver her across the finish line. We had a plan. :)

Started behind the Jrs. who started with us but soon left us. I went out front, she was on my wheel, and the rest of them strung out in a long single line. I felt really good and had no problem pulling down the frontage road along the 505 (some of you have suffered, er, ridden this with us ;)). I pulled over 7 miles before my teammate came up -- she did some work, charged the rollers, and then moved the line from the right side to close to the middle of the lane. I started moving up on the right, since there was so much room; I quietly announced "on your right" and the young lady to whom I spoke started screaming "rider right! Rider right!" I was surprised at how she overreacted, so I moved in front of her and indicated that I was getting in line again. She told me she let me in because my bike was so pretty. :thumb: Hey, whatever it takes.

I stayed mid-pack, my teammate was about 10 people ahead. We were pretty dense when we hit the rollers. Then a moto ref buzzed up to neutralize us so the P/1/2s could pass. Whoever was next to my teammate overreacted and leaned into her. My friend leaned back, forcing her to stay upright. Lady freaked out, pushed my friend hard as she tried to escape.

I heard the sickening sound of plastic on asphalt and I looked up to see 2 women close to the shoulder fall, and my 'mate fall into the middle of the road. Moto ref warned the men and they whirred through us safely. I was already off my bike and after the men went through, ran over to help my 'mate.

She'd hurt her back and had a foot trapped under the bike in the cleat; she couldn't move it w/o tweaking her back. Her front wheel was taco'd badly. I unshod her (both feet) and helped her into the SAG vehicle. I made sure she was OK before getting on my bike again.

My group was by then 20 mi. ahead. I rode 2 more miles to the neutral feed zone & helped c_gallagh hand out bottles to other teammates riding through, and didn't regret not finishing for a minute.

My teammate is sore but unbroken. She turned out on Sunday to the Vacaville crit to be part of the cheering squad. She's in good spirits and already planning a TTT in Sept. with us.

UmneyDurak 08-31-12 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Red Rider (Post 14665839)
I did that race, too. What category did you race?

I was W3/4. I've worked it as a course marshal for years. GFs signed up and challenged me.

Most. Fun. Race. Ever.

I had no fear and no expectations and had a blast. Finished Top 20, my best placing in a crit ever. Whee!

Most impressive performance: Larry Nolan. Took the Mast. P/1/2/35+ in a dominant sprint, and raced with the P/1/2 and didn't finish DFL. Beastly.

I did it in CAT4. So bright and early. Even 5s raced after us. What a hell? :lol:
Yeah it's definitely one of my favorite courses, comes second to Lodi one.

Lanceoldstrong 09-01-12 11:05 PM

60 mile Mines Road out and back from Livermore to the Junction Cafe. With Bikingshearer, cccorlew and mililpony. It was my first time out there since the Devil Mountain Double in April.
What a treat to ride Mines Road without Diablo, Morgan Territory and 91 miles in my legs like The Devil Mountain Double, not dreading Hamilton and Sierra was nice to.

The best part was the friends to ride with and the perfect weather.


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