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Old 08-23-05, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Thank you!

I'd be a liar if I said I never considered the possibility of my 20 year old bike malfunctioning whilst I screamed down that hill. The truth is, it crossed my mind on more than one occaision.

I can't comprehend the magnitude of the physical damage to my person were I to go down at 45mph.......

My previous top speed was 44.3mph, and that was several months ago.

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I live in a flat state so my max speed is 29 or so, I coudn't even imagine ....ouch
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I got to do a short ride today (only about 15-20 miles). I "test rode" the trip from my house to my internship classes. My boyfriend is selling his car (he bought a SWEET new bike this weekend) so we are going to be riding A LOT more. I'll take my camera along tomorrow when I ride. I like all the pictures of the bikes in all different locations.
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Old 08-28-05, 04:58 PM
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On today's ride I felt particularly strong, so picked a ride loop with several smaller (but not insignificant) climbs in them. By 5 miles I had climbed a "stair stepped" road - a climb that rises 3 times with a flat spot between each. At the top, I had averaged 13.4mph, which is a good effort for me. Then it was more or less smooth sailing on country rollers, and for several miles I was cranking out 20+mph. Stopped at a park at mile 18 and sat under a shade tree for a bit, with my average speed at about 16.4mph. Had to climb one more hill, and spent a lot of time tacking through neighborhoods and bike paths for the remaining 7 miles, but still ended up with an overall average of 15.6mph.

It only took me 1.5 hours to finish the 25 mile loop. If I could keep that pace on a century I would one happy fellow!!

Attached is a picture of Mt Diablo (SF Bay Area) as I approached it from the south. It looks benign enough from a distance, but it looms up to around 3600 feet. The road up it is a 12 mile climb. I've been eyeing it with increasing frequency, but every time I have a chance to give it a go either something
comes up or it is too hot. Maybe I'm subconsciously avoiding it..... :-)

The other photo is at the 18 mile mark, siting under the shade of a tree and enjoying
a Cliff bar with water.

In the Diablo, photo, note the wide, well paved and marked boulevards, and the light traffic (10ish on Sunday morning). What I couldn't get photo's of were all the pretty women joggers that waved and smiled as I passed by. I love living and riding in the 'burbs.

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Summer's done, my "job" is back to having no real schedule, so I'm free to piddle about if I want to. I hate it when my rides don't go anywhere, so it's off to hunt for vintage bikes. This sometimes involves crossing the Rivah, and here we see the sign that decorates most of our fair town's bridges. Bah. Walking ain't so bad though, because you get to cross the rivah; in our second photo we look uprivah towards choo-choo rapid. The rivah is a bit low, about 3 1/2 feet, so it's mostly rocks. Once I ran this stretch in a kayak at flood stage (12 feet), whole trees were coming down the rivah and there were six foot high waves to play in. Love to look at it. On to one of the local auctions, nothing here today but a Cannondale MTB which I passed on... one of the dealers wanted it, asked me not to bid on it, and told me he had some old Frenchies he wanted me to look at (I'm such a sucker). Then onto my favorite thrift store, where they play Christian pop and have given up trying to convert me, but I once found an old Lejeune. After that it was back home then out to the west end, but that's boring, so no photos, sorry.
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they don't take the sabath off @ the thrift store?
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Yesterday I rode out to one of my favorite regular places for a ride - Boiling Springs, PA. I didn't take the pictures shown here, but this is where I was, and the day looked quite a bit like it does in the photos.
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Attached is a picture of Mt Diablo (SF Bay Area) as I approached it from the south. It looks benign enough from a distance, but it looms up to around 3600 feet.

It's 3,849 feet, which doesn't sound like that much until you realize the elevation of the surrounding area is about 50 feet. At the summit on a clear day I've been able to see from the Farallon Islands to Half Dome in the Yosemite Valley. In fact from the peak you can see more surrounding area than anywhere on Earth except Mt. Kilamanjaro.
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Originally Posted by mswantak
It's 3,849 feet, which doesn't sound like that much until you realize the elevation of the surrounding area is about 50 feet. At the summit on a clear day I've been able to see from the Farallon Islands to Half Dome in the Yosemite Valley. In fact from the peak you can see more surrounding area than anywhere on Earth except Mt. Kilamanjaro.
Quite so. I've seen the Farallons, The Sierra Nevada, and Mt. Shasta from Diablo's summit. There is ride taking place on October 2, called the Mt Diablo Challenge. They close the road to motorized vehicles until 1pm, and it's bikes only.

If you check out This Link , you can find out more. Click on "Special Features", and then "Virtual Ride up Mt. Diablo" to take the ride from the comfort of your own home.

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Originally Posted by mswantak
Attached is a picture of Mt Diablo (SF Bay Area) as I approached it from the south. It looks benign enough from a distance, but it looms up to around 3600 feet.

It's 3,849 feet, which doesn't sound like that much until you realize the elevation of the surrounding area is about 50 feet. At the summit on a clear day I've been able to see from the Farallon Islands to Half Dome in the Yosemite Valley. In fact from the peak you can see more surrounding area than anywhere on Earth except Mt. Kilamanjaro.
The operative qualifications here are that you can see the most "land" from the summit. I've been to the tops of both Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Haleakala. Very impressive view from the top of both, but at over 10,000ft. essentially rising from the sea, and with no other tall peaks nearby, Mt. Haleakala blows Mt. Diablo away. I imagine that Mauna Kea would even top that - even accounting for the proximity of Mauna Loa. The really cool thing is that you could ride Mt. Haleakala almost any day. (maybe someday...)
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The really cool thing is that you could ride Mt. Haleakala almost any day. (maybe someday...)
As you can with Mt Diablo. Many people do it regularly, and I've always encountered bike traffic when driving up/down the road. I know one fellow personally that tries to do it 3 times a week.

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A ride around Baltimore City on my Titan. . .

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Originally Posted by bigbossman
As you can with Mt Diablo. Many people do it regularly, and I've always encountered bike traffic when driving up/down the road. I know one fellow personally that tries to do it 3 times a week.

John D.
Been there. Seen that. Believe it or not, Mt. Diablo would only be a category 1 climb. Mt. Haleakala, however... would qualify as a category 1, with an HC on top of that.
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Been there. Seen that. Believe it or not, Mt. Diablo would only be a category 1 climb. Mt. Haleakala, however... would qualify as a category 1, with an HC on top of that.
Hmmmm..... not familiar with the categories, although I would assume the scale might be like rapids or hurricanes, maybe?

I haven't climbed Mt Diablo yet, but I plan to. I have been up there several times in a car, and it looks like it would be an arduous task for me to accomplish. If Mt. Haleakala is tougher than that, sign me up for the bus to the top and I'll ride down.....
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Gwynns Falls Trail in Baltimore City

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I rode the MS150 in New Bern, NC, on my Raleigh over the weekend. It was a great ride, but a little windy! ;-)
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I was making this my daily ride until about June 1st. Just started riding it again. From home to Indian River Drive (site of the photos) and back. Depending on route chosen it can be from six to 16 miles through Sebastian and Roseland. Nice to ride along the water and dodge the pedestrians!
The six old grouches alluded to on the welcome sign are the town council. Earl's is a biker joint of some repute. Never seen another human propelled bike there for some reason! Ride on!

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I rode the Sierra Fall Classic century this weekend, over by Mammoth Lakes, CA on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Absolutely stunning scenery that defies description, and a wonderful ride.

The weather was clear and sunny, with a steady light wind in the morning The temperature started out in the low 40's but climbed into the mid 60's by noon. The ride involved three major climbs into passes that were all at 8,000' or better, so it was fairly arduous (but thoroughly enjoyable) ride for me.

Over the course of the ride I broke three personal records:

Max Speed: 56.2mph
Slowest speed: 2.5mph (actually got the speedo to register 0.0 momentarily!)
Longest time "on saddle": 8hrs 5mins

I attained the 56.2mph on one of the most exhilarating decents I've ever had, on the flip side of Sagehen Summit (see pic). Smooth, gentle esses with unlimited visibility and no traffic in sight - just an endless and stunning high desert vista. The slow climb was on the way to WildRose Summit, where the road, always steep, pitched up wickedly for the las 100 yards or so. I was actually doing ok until on my average speed until about 75 miles into the ride, when the wind came up for real. As I made the 20 mile run for home, the head wind became vicious and unrelenting - at times the best I could muster was 7-8 mph on flat ground - it was the most horrible wind I've ever had to battle with.

Wind aside, I had a great time. The Miyata did ok, but it is a little limited for this type of riding (or maybe I am!) If you've never seen the east slope of the Sierra Nevada, you need to. an amazing place.

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These were taken on my phone, so they're not the clearest pictures.
If I remember correctly, the first pic on HWY 11 in near Table Rock in SC. The second pic was one of the many scenic turns. What a fun ride!
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Maybe we should start an old Trek thread since they're sooo popular.[/QUOTE]

I like that idea. That blue Trek with the decals on the downtube is unusual. My Trek TX500 frame (Ishiwata 022) was built in '76, and it originally had the same blue paint, but with the standard decals on the seat tube. I bought it new from my LBS in early '77. One of the seat stays broke off the seat lug in 81. Trek repaired and repainted if for me, and I ended up with silver paint and the newer decal with the dark panel behind the lettering, with yellow bands top and bottom. I'll get around to posting pictures one of these weeks.

I agree, what a fantastic ride this bike is. My bike has a real variety of equipment, having started its life with parts scavanged off my '72 Gitane Interclub, and moving up from there. Since '81 I've had campy record hubs with Weinmann concave rims, what a difference that made! The last holdout parts from the original Gitane are the handlebars, stem and Huret chrome cable guide for the front derailleur.
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Yesterday (Saturday 10/1) the family and I did a metric century to benifit a local middle school music department. The loop was essentially a flat one, with some rollers and a few moderate climbs tossed in. We started in Dublin, CA, looped through the vineyards of Livermore over to Patterson Pass, and back over by Mt Diablo. There were some headwinds, but it was an excellent ride with excellent weather. A good time was had by all. Attached is a picture of Mt. Diablo from a distance, looking west.

On Sunday (10/2), I climbed Mt. Diablo, participating in the "Diablo Challenge". While Mt. Diablo is no Mt. Haleakala , it was something I'd never done and had always thought about doing. So, off I went. It was a pretty fair grunt, but it really wasn't that bad (except perhaps the last 200 yards ). 3300' of climbing in 10.8 miles, and I did it in 1:50. Not a record to be sure, but not Dead Ass Last, either. Since it was officially a race, my finish was officially recorded as #795 out of a field of 1100. Attached is a pic of me at the top.

Descending in a peleton was a real eye opener......
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Sealy, TX... uphill, against the wind that was blowing at 20 mph for all 35 miles (the wind shifted when we made the turn to go back to town)
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Well done bigbossman. Tell your wife you're going to take a cycling vacation in Maui. You've earned it.
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