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  1. Sun: 49mi group ride.. the wind kicked up more...

    Sun: 49mi group ride.. the wind kicked up more than i hoped and beat me up. being skinny and light helps on the hills but not in the wind. clicked over 1000mi for the year though :)
  2. Sounds like you dressed perfect.. if you're...

    Sounds like you dressed perfect.. if you're chilly starting out then you'll be warm enough. if you dress for starting out then you over did it :)

    accuweather is showing wind speed at an...
  3. that is when you need to deploy Bailey into sled...

    that is when you need to deploy Bailey into sled dog mode :P
  4. Sat: 20mi on bike path uber slow. ran into a...

    Sat: 20mi on bike path uber slow. ran into a hand cyclist that i talked to last week and rode along with him and talked. Also ran in to 2manybikes and Bailey and said hi. group ride...
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    he won't have to worry about dropping a chain on...

    he won't have to worry about dropping a chain on Washington... it'll be small ring from the get go and then just playing with cogs. differences in sitting to standing could be any number of gears...
  6. Thurs: windy windy 38mi ride with a friend of...

    Thurs: windy windy 38mi ride with a friend of mine. he only has a tri bike and man can he go when it's flat or downhill. (doesn't help that he has 50-80lbs of muscle on me) the one bigger hill i...
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    99% pavement. the very last few hundred feet...

    99% pavement. the very last few hundred feet are/used to be hard dirt but is where it is 20%. the average is 11.9% not sure where you got 9%

    Northeastcycling.com - Hillclimb Races
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    you're saying that Alp d'huez isn't a mountain...

    you're saying that Alp d'huez isn't a mountain then? because the stats are pretty damn close.. except Washington is more difficult
    Alpe d'Huez - Climbbybike.com
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    They should have a 56 and a 58 for you to try...

    They should have a 56 and a 58 for you to try out and see how you feel. different bikes have different geometry's so they should try both. 54 for someone 5'11 is definitely small though.
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    go check out Mt Greylock too.. not as steep but...

    go check out Mt Greylock too.. not as steep but longer.

    i may do the Kanc this summer if i can get up there during my class break. which is down right casual compared to these other things...
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    dunno what part of the state he lives in.. we...

    dunno what part of the state he lives in.. we ride, not talk most of the time ;) this weekend we were trying not to drown for about a half hour haha (he wasn't in our group if he was there his...
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    If i see him sunday at westport maybe i'll...

    If i see him sunday at westport maybe i'll remember to ask. he's also done big stuff out west like Mt Evans in CO
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    I haven't done it. I ride with at least one guy...

    I haven't done it. I ride with at least one guy at NBW that does it every year.. along with many other hill races. i'm not spending 300 bucks to ride up there.
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    well it will be well over an hour for him to do...

    well it will be well over an hour for him to do it.. winning time last year was 58mins.. Tommy D's record is 49mins. Tyler Hamiltons former record was EPO based so that could be another top tip ;)
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    Aerobic capacity is only half of it. he still...

    Aerobic capacity is only half of it. he still needs miles in his legs to become strong and proficient/efficient. he has 3 months to train and see what happens. Washington also tends to be windy. ...
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    So you're saying that a noobie that has 2 weeks...

    So you're saying that a noobie that has 2 weeks under their belt should just go head up Mt Diablo or alpe d'huez or the Stelvio? because those climbs are easier than Washington and Ascutney...
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    meh.. too many freaking people. most of which...

    meh.. too many freaking people. most of which drove up in a car. There are far better mountains in the Presi's with similar views... but you have to hike there ;)
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    Luckily, you're not allowed to ride down Mt...

    Luckily, you're not allowed to ride down Mt washington, you need someone with you to bring you down in a car. no driver, no race. Ascutney on the other hand is open all the time and is...
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    you have the smallest chainring that can fit on...

    you have the smallest chainring that can fit on your current crankset. to go any smaller you will need to swap that out. When you swap that out you will also need a new front derailler, front...
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    whatever you say boss.

    whatever you say boss.
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    And how long has your buddy been riding? ...

    And how long has your buddy been riding? you're saying that you want to run a 15min 5k what brand shoes will make me run faster.

    2 weeks is not enough time to show any training effect. ...
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    actually, you're the one being a dick. you...

    actually, you're the one being a dick. you asked a question. got an answer that required work instead of equipment changes that you said you didn't want to do.

    you've only been riding a few...
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    riding hills takes work like zymphad said.. ...

    riding hills takes work like zymphad said.. 34-28 is a pretty damn low gear. if you are awaiting a surgery perhaps you shouldn't be doing anything that needs more gear than that. quick...
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    new tube and a tire boot in your saddlebag. fix...

    new tube and a tire boot in your saddlebag. fix your stuff. i can walk in my spd-sl's perfectly fine at any rest stop i take. the only time i really take a stop of any time is on centuries and i...
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    Sun: 48mi group ride. Hung with the fast guys...

    Sun: 48mi group ride. Hung with the fast guys and survived the hour long downpour about 15mi in. got spit off with 2-3mi to go when they really layed the hammer down for the end stretch but I...
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