Oof. Berkeley Hills Are Steep.
I am house sitting in Berkeley for two weeks over the holidays, and knowing that I would be frequently dining with my Berkeley friends, I decided to bring my bike and ride in the hills every day, in hopes of making the holidays calorie-neutral.
I lived in Berkeley for years, but have been away for some time, and my memory of the Berkeley Hills was faulty. It is a lot steeper here than I remembered. I brought a road bike with a 53/39 and 12-21.
As a result, I am suffering. I can ride the north-south roads fine, but the east-west ones that climb straight up into the hills are tough. Yesterday I started at the Marin Circle and went up Los Angeles, Euclid, La Loma, Centennial and was trying to get to Grizzly Peak. I made it as far as Lawrence Hall of Science.
I even went to Missing Link in hopes of finding a different 7 speed freewheel for cheap, but they are closed for the holidays.
Well, lesson learned. Next time I come down here with a bike, it'll be a mountain bike or at least a road bike with a granny triple.