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Old 07-13-05, 11:04 PM   #551
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Hi. Sorry to jump in here but, speaking of the tour, now that they're in the alps we're hearing a lot of talk about the steepness of the climbs. This has me wondering the % gradient some of our local hills here in Toronto. One of the climb's in today's stage was average 6.1% I believe. Anybody know what that translates to in Toronto terms? How steep are the hills we ride? Avenue Rd., Ellis Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Don Mills, Beech, High Park, Bayview, Pottery Rd., etc...
I've been told the Yonge stretch just before York Mills (long downhill) maxes out at 10% at the steepest.

I don't think the problem is the steepness but the steepness and the speed in which they're going up. I'd love to try some massive climbs. There are none around here. Unless I bulk up the only thing i'd be moderately good at is hills. I get my ass kicked on the flats regularly on club rides.


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Old 07-14-05, 10:32 AM   #552
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Anyone for a ride anytime between 4-6pm today? Say yes I'll be at the wheat sheaf at 4-4:10

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j-walkers on university ave. cutting accross queens park and trying to run through 3 lanes of busy morning traffic... a whole bunch of drivers in front of me flipped out, tried to dodge the pedestrian by switching lanes, screetching tires, horns beeping etc.... I was riding at warp speed and not paying close enough attention either, so it's just as much my fault. No room to stop or hop the curb by the time I clued in, so I slammed into the back of one of the stopped cars (an SUV), bent the fork on my bike, put my elbow through the rear window and my knee through his tail light. The driver was out of his car though and yelling at the pedestrians...so he didn't hear what I was up to in the back of his truck. I picked myself up, brushed off the glass/plastic and fled before he knew I was there...

my old [bent] bike vs. rear ending some rich guy in his new SUV, I thought I'd better just leave while no one was looking.

so yeah....I'm thinking of converting a newish road frame into a SS... kind of like a Langstar I guess...
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Old 07-14-05, 11:39 AM   #554
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hey wasted, i'm glad you managed to bike away in one piece... although i'm not sure how you did it with a busted fork and elbow! traffic goes warp speed around that queens park loop.. i have no idea what pedestrians are thinking to even try jay walking through that.

rob, i don't think i'll be able to make the wheat sheaf today.. sorry.

how about this heat.. damn.
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in case anyone is interested, cycle therapy is having their 1 year anniversary sale (1233 Dundas Street East 416 778-6473) SATURDAY JULY 16, 10:00AM - 6:00PM
25-75% off stuff.
i got on their mailing list somehow and received the mass email.
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no comparisson, if you will double the Mt. Pleasant and make it a little steeper, maybe, extend the Scarborough Bluffs maybe, there's a climb I can,t remember the road its at Moore Street near loblaw,its a dead end road, and extend the climb, again maybe....


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Hi. Sorry to jump in here but, speaking of the tour, now that they're in the alps we're hearing a lot of talk about the steepness of the climbs. This has me wondering the % gradient some of our local hills here in Toronto. One of the climb's in today's stage was average 6.1% I believe. Anybody know what that translates to in Toronto terms? How steep are the hills we ride? Avenue Rd., Ellis Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Don Mills, Beech, High Park, Bayview, Pottery Rd., etc...
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Of coarse you can't compare the length of the climbs. I was just wondering the grades of the hills around town. I read an article that said Lance and the Spanish rider on stage 10 averaged 24-25 km/h on the final climb. They estimate that Lance was putting out 450+ watts for the 53 minute climb based on his weight and the grade of the climb. That's funny because most of us can ride for only about 2 minutes at that power output, which is just long enough to get up most hills around here. Not to mention this was at the end of the stage.
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For me, my Tour De France type hill (although not comparable on length either) was the Hamilton Mountain. We did that on our fixies (52/16). We had to ride on angles for part of the climb since it was so steep. Of course we had just ridden 100km, but man...if there was a peleton we would have been dropped off the back!
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j-walkers on university ave. cutting accross queens park
Yeah the students on our campus are morons. I'm guessing you were heading southbound where it was slightly downhill.

If you want to watch the TDF, there's a bunch of torrents going around in the road cycling forum. You could leave it downloading while you're at work or something come home and voila.

I think Cavern ran out of those steel forks gokibiuri and me got on our bikes not sure.
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that's alright about the fork... the frame is old, designed for 27" wheels, low BB... other reasons why I won't fix it up for a second time. Looking to build something new.....

yeah I've been downloading the torrents of the stages I missed for the TDF... good effort by someone out there....
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WW - PM me. I have some frames etc.. (all new) and will try to help you get back on the road as affordable as possible.
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thanks bikeo, PM sent.
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in case anyone is interested, cycle therapy is having their 1 year anniversary sale (1233 Dundas Street East 416 778-6473) SATURDAY JULY 16, 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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i got on their mailing list somehow and received the mass email.
Thanks for the heads up. Got a set of Arkel 42l bags, two seat posts, various tools and a Brooks champion flyer saddle for under $250. Yay!
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Our next trip down will be Saturday July 30th. Anyone who would like to join us is welcome. Let me know if you are interested and we can make arrangements to get you down there. K.
Hey Cavernmech, is there one room for one of my friends to go down on the 30th as well?
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Thanks for the heads up. Got a set of Arkel 42l bags, two seat posts, various tools and a Brooks champion flyer saddle for under $250. Yay!
Nice Score! I was going to head down myself just to check out the place (I've ridden by a lot of times but never stopped in) but didn't get a chance..
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Any fixed gear guys into a long ride on Sunday? No gears allowed. The Toronto Fixed Gear Group is doing a 100km ride (but if you leave from Toronto, it will be 160km since the starting point is 30km away)
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Any fixed gear guys into a long ride on Sunday? No gears allowed. The Toronto Fixed Gear Group is doing a 100km ride (but if you leave from Toronto, it will be 160km since the starting point is 30km away)
Possibly....Have to see if I'm free this wkend. 160 is a lot on a fixie...
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It's a lot on any bike in my opinion. But I've done it a few times (mind you I was in much better shape then)...Should be fun!
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Hey shiznaz, there's other fixies on campus!
Ran into a chick on a fuji track at SS, she was all decked out in messenger gear, know her?
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no, was she hot?
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My fixed is around campus whenever I am, with the ludicrous number of students at UofT I doubt the people can be the only ones on fixed. Though a hot girl on one would definately be a plus.
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Ran into a chick on a fuji track at SS, she was all decked out in messenger gear, know her?
Do you think that maybe she was a messenger making a delivery on campus? I have a bunch of friends who are now grads, but rode Fixed while at UofT...
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Do you think that maybe she was a messenger making a delivery on campus? I have a bunch of friends who are now grads, but rode Fixed while at UofT...
She didn't have a radio but I had the feeling she was a student. She was definitely hot.
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So this is just a reminder that there is a FIXED GEAR ride tomorrow. From Toronto the total milage will be about 160km.

I am leaving around 800am from the corner of Yonge and Front Street. From there, I have to make a couple stops along the way (meeting with other Fixie buddies) getting us to the starting point in Mississauga around or before 10am.

If anyone is interested, the easiest would simply to show up before 8am at Yonge and Front...

Again, this is a FIXED only ride.
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