Dalewood is an average 14.8%, including the flat bit at the start. If you only take the real climb (aka steep bits) into consideration, it shoots up to 21.8% average. It's brutal.
My ride report with more pictures and video is here.
I'm not ruling out cycling shorts completely. I don't want to wear them now. I think anything tight will be more comfortable once the weight's gone.
I estimate the grade on Hill St. to be at least 27% or 28%. After my first-person footage there is some third-person footage from my friend, who was standing at the top of the hill as I climbed it.
Sorry for calling you a guy...I was on my ipad and the photos were tiny.
I can't blame you for not wanting to wear the spandex...I find it a bit depressing when I have to go up 2 sizes just to find something I don't look melted and poured into.
Oh man. I haven't done Hill Street, yet, but I've heard the tales. Last year for my birthday, I took the SF Wolfpack Hustle on the Seven Hells of SF course from 2011. Strava activity here. Some highlights:
21st St. (OUCH)
Medical Center to Twin Peaks (it was damp on the road and I spun my back tire a lot on the really steep bits - scary)
Divisidero, heading south from the Marina, by comparison, was a cake walk.
I don't care to look like a sausage either. I know I felt like one when I went swimming at the home of a Hammerin' Wheels (the other club I'm a member of) cycling club member, who loaned me a pair of cycling shorts to swim in since I didn't have a swimsuit. It was after a ride on a hot day, so it was spur-of-the moment. When I put those shorts on I felt like I had to squeeze into them .
Other cyclists reaching the top of 29th St.
Mount Sutra, back of UCSF Medical Center
Here's a ride report with pictures and video from my trip to SF in November 2011. I climbed several of SF's steepest, including Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth, Jones, and several others.
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Hah, a couple months ago I dropped my grandma off at the UCSF medical center, and my all wheel drive SUV had trouble keeping traction on some of those hills.
Can't even imagine riding up those.
freighttraininguphill, those videos totally inspired me to go tackle a hill tonight. Of course, I'm saying this from my office chair, so I'd say there is a solid 50% chance of me actually doing it tonight. But I was truly inspired!
I took the Langster on a much longer ride yesterday with more steep hills.
Here's the easier part near the bottom of Park Drive in Rocklin, which has plenty of 12%-13% grades. Average grade is 9.5% for 1/2 mile. This is a screenshot from my riding partner's helmet-mounted GoPro.
Another screenshot from further up the hill, where it was steep enough that I had to traverse. My bike has a 42x16 gear.
Here's my riding partner after he passed me on the first part of the climb. He's much stronger than me and is riding 48x17 fixed. This is a screenshot from my helmet-mounted GoPro.
Here he is after he passed me a second time later in the climb when I was traversing. His foot came out of the pedal and he had to restart, but he still caught me.
Here's my video of the climb. Yes, there's lots of heavy breathing and even a couple belches in here, but I love natural sound because I enjoy suffering up hills and I like to relive that suffering while watching the videos. My videos also document my rides exactly as they happen, so I refuse to put music over them.
Here's my riding partner's footage. No belches, but you can still hear how hard the hill was by his breathing. It takes a lot to make him sound even remotely as loud as me on a climb .
Now I want to go ride some real hills. The race I did last weekend had some 15-20% grades, but they were gravel roads with a lot of sand mixed in. No climbing those without walking. Even the guys in the P/1/2 race were walking up those hills.
Since I've never posted a picture of myself before. From last fall.
this dude rudy took this picture of me last week. still havent gotten my 27" fixed gear wheelset yet.... so in case youre wondering why no foot retention its because its a coaster brake hahahhhhhh yeap, razz away
you can always rock cycle shorts under whatever else you wear. i have a cheap ass hatchet saddle and let me say, i love sitting on the belgian waffle padding in my specialized shorts.
I'm stealing it and adding it to my wallpaper rotation.