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Old 03-07-14, 07:47 PM   #1
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I did it!

For the first time in my life, today, I climbed Ardsheal Drive in La Habra/Hacienda Heights (not sure which). I've tried it a half-dozen times, each time I've either turned around or had to stop. It was... a ***** and I had to weave across the road for the more aggressive parts of the climb, but I effing did it.

For what it's worth, I would rather do hill repeats on Turnbull than climb Ardsheal. Ye gads.
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Old 03-07-14, 08:12 PM   #2
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Sweet! Time to hit up Nyes Place in Laguna Beach
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Old 03-07-14, 08:13 PM   #3
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What kind of gearing did you bring to that dog fight?

Sounds like you're ready to tackle Descending, which is the most inappropriately named road in all of LA county. I tried that one once and walked up it once.

I did a little jaunt around hacienda heights this afternoon too - up colima all the way to brea cutover, back on pathfinder to East. Up east to Hacienda and then West back down to Janine. The only cyclists I saw were mormons, where were you hiding?
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Old 03-07-14, 09:08 PM   #4
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I discovered Ardsheal in 2009 as a safer way to the top of Hacienda Drive (thats before they repaired it).

This time of year the wildflowers will bloom (any day now). Many of the owners at the bottom of Ardsheal plant them on the hillside along the road.

Anyone else that rides it should post wildflower photos when they startup and bloom.

The top of Ardsheal might have several unchained dogs running loose (happened a handful of times). And where else in SoCal will you see so many 1970's compact cars. Some houses have 5 or more hanging around.

If you like panoramic golf course views, go on the other side of East/West and ride up Avocado Crest. It looks right down onto the Country Club from 200 feet up.


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Old 03-07-14, 09:42 PM   #5
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What kind of gearing did you bring to that dog fight?
53/11, of course.

I'm running standard double (52/39) with a 12-27 cassette. I'd love to say that I used anything other than 39/27, but I'd be lying.

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I don't even want to think about that one right now.

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I did a little jaunt around hacienda heights this afternoon too ... where were you hiding?
Here: http://www.strava.com/activities/118552347 I was planning on going a little longer - cutting across East to Fullerton, down to Whittier, and back home - but after Ardsheal I cut it short and went home with a victorious smile on my face.
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Is Ardsheal harder one way than the other? I don't think I've ever been on it.

And for god's sake man, get a compact. Dear lord, my knees are hurting just thinking about it.
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Old 03-07-14, 10:45 PM   #8
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Is Ardsheal harder one way than the other?
Yes, it's either uuuuuUUUUUUP! Or DOWWWwwwn. It's not like Turnbull where it goes up and down; it goes from the bottom (off of Encanada, I think) to the top (at Skyline) and that's it.

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And for god's sake man, get a compact.
I'm sure I'll eventually wind up doing just that, but I'm the sole income in my house so I don't have a lot of bike money. If it gets to be too bad before I can get the compact, I'll drop in a 12-28 or even 12-30 on the back.
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Yes, it's either uuuuuUUUUUUP! Or DOWWWwwwn. It's not like Turnbull where it goes up and down; it goes from the bottom (off of Encanada, I think) to the top (at Skyline) and that's it.



I'm sure I'll eventually wind up doing just that, but I'm the sole income in my house so I don't have a lot of bike money. If it gets to be too bad before I can get the compact, I'll drop in a 12-28 or even 12-30 on the back.
I've got a new-in-box R700 compact crankset I'll never use, if you're interested.
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Congrats! I'd never get up there in a standard double!
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Sweet! Time to hit up Nyes Place in Laguna Beach
what did iamtim ever do to you to deserve such harsh treatment?
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