Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: Trek Mountaineer modified with a NuVinci; Montegue Paratrooper folding mountain bike; Greenspeed recumbent; Surly Big Dummy with Stokemonkey
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A real scream.
For those of you not familiar with Charleston, WV, it is located, essentially, in the bottom of a canyon; we have 'the flats' down by the river, and then roads going up what are practically cliffs.
Not long ago I went up one of those near cliffs, Wertz Avenue. And up. And up. Sometimes I was going very slowly, in my lowest gear, but I was going. Then the road dead ended onto Oak Ridge. The 'Ridge' designation was accurate--it mostly went along the top of a ridge. Then it started going down the other side.
Now, if going up Wertz was a challenging strain, going down Oakridge (which deadended into Greenbrier, which went down to the river) was a bigger, if very different challenge.
Have any of you watched the Winter Olympics, especially the luge? Have you wondered what it was like?
I think I now know. I haven't a computer on my bike so I don't know how fast I was going exactly. But it was a real scream.