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Old 12-21-17, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
Oops. Some typos are pretty consequential.

My drivetrain is 3x10, but i didn't need to use the small ring yesterday.
What's the lowest chainwheel/cog ratio you used? Mine was 39/28, and I wish I had something lower.
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I am back in my hometown of Westlake Village visiting family over the holidays, so of course I had to bring a bike and ride some of my favorite routes from my youth.

First, some photos from yesterday's ride. I went on a popular climb called the Rock Store climb along Mulholland Hwy, along a mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific (when not covered in clouds) and back inland down Decker Canyon to Westlake. A nice hilly 28-mile loop.



Malibu Lake:


Roadside attraction:


The Rock Store:


View from top of the Rock Store climb:


Some nice rock formations along the side of the road:


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Originally Posted by johnlink
What's the lowest chainwheel/cog ratio you used? Mine was 39/28, and I wish I had something lower.
I used my biggest cog, 25T, so 42 inches. My chainrings are 53/39/30.
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@gaucho777, fantastic pictures, and I bet the ride was fantastic, too.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I used my biggest cog, 25T, so 42 inches. My chainrings are 53/39/30.
So your lowest ratio yesterday was 39/25? I'm impressed! While I was struggling up Alpine Hill with 39/28, you were riding away from me with ease.
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Originally Posted by johnlink
So your lowest ratio yesterday was 39/25? I'm impressed! While I was struggling up Alpine Hill with 39/28, you were riding away from me with ease.
Yes, as you know, I've done a lot of hill work this year. I've made big improvements. I highly recommend dead lifts and squats. They're fun! It probably also helps that I'm smaller, only 160 lbs.
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Cold, foggy and below freezing this morning on my commute to work. We've had a few mornings like this and not had any road traction issues. But all of the moisture lead to some black ice on the bike path, especially at the entrance (which takes a sharp turn once you enter it). I stupidly leaned into the turn at too much speed and then kept leaning till I hit the ground. The soreness on my hip and elbow will help to remind me to be a bit more careful. No notable damage to the bike, other than cosmetic scratch damage on the brake lever. Though on the rest of the ride to work the cassette was making some noise -- only during pedaling forward and not when coasting or pedaling in reverse. The noise was kind of like when wiping cleaning solution off a window. Maybe with the 100% humidity there was some moisture buildup that froze? I suppose I'll find out when it gets above freezing.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Yes, as you know, I've done a lot of hill work this year. I've made big improvements.
So have I, but I haven't ridden Hillier Than Thou.

I highly recommend dead lifts and squats. They're fun!
I'm going to start doing more of both of those.

It probably also helps that I'm smaller, only 160 lbs.
So am I, although I'm taller. Or is it just that my legs are longer?.

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Thanks, @noglider.

And here are a few more shots from this morning's ride through Westlake Village & nearby Hidden Valley. It's like a someone dropped a piece of idyllic farmland next to a SoCal suburb.











I forgot to get a pick of the bike until I got back to my brother's house, so here's an obligatory shot of the bike against his wall.

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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I forgot to get a pick of the bike until I got back to my brother's house, so here's an obligatory shot of the bike against his wall.
Why are the water bottle cages upside-down?
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Originally Posted by johnlink
Why are the water bottle cages upside-down?
Those are the King Cage Iris cages. That's how they work. The little tab at the bottom supports the bottom of the bottle.

edit: Just noticed that Sir Name, in the post above mine, gave you a picture showing how they work...
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Old 12-21-17, 07:12 PM
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Ok Gaucho and Sir Name, you win.

Beautiful pics, beautiful bikes.

Thanks for sharing.
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now I want steamers
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@gaucho777, Riding my local ride. The next time you're in town we should go for a ride.
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@velomateo, sounds good. I miss all the wonderful places to ride in the area.
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Those mountain locales always look so exotic to this flatland, urban dweller...
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@gaucho777 the Merlin is HOT!!!
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Thanks, @Vonruden!

Now I'm down a bit further south. I got out for a quick ~20 miles on the Strand (a path the runs along the coast near Venice and Santa Monica) this morning before the rest of the family got started.





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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I am back in my hometown of Westlake Village visiting family over the holidays, so of course I had to bring a bike and ride some of my favorite routes from my youth.

First, some photos from yesterday's ride. I went on a popular climb called the Rock Store climb along Mulholland Hwy, along a mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific (when not covered in clouds) and back inland down Decker Canyon to Westlake. A nice hilly 28-mile loop.



Malibu Lake:


Roadside attraction:


The Rock Store:


View from top of the Rock Store climb:


Some nice rock formations along the side of the road:


Great pictures! I especially like the lake shot. I've ridden those roads many times, never saw a lake shot like you got. Pretty chilly this morning. I skipped the club ride out thru Westake to Stonehaus. Just took the old Super Course up thru Porter Ranch, only 11 miles. Leaving town tomorrow, so we still have lots to do. Best thing about your pictures, no more smoke! Here's a Porter Ranch view from a few days ago. I haven't gotten the Super Course up to Rock Store yet. It my "cheater" Eroica bike, with a Sugino 30,40,50 triple and a 34t 6 speed Megarange.
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Got out this morning for a birthday ride. 30* along Lake Erie. Snapped a pic of snowy vineyard on way home. Happy holidays To you all!
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Got out for a pre-feast 15 mile path ride on the Kona Cinder Cone with freshly mounted studded tires (huge difference between studded and non). No traction issues with what would otherwise have been a soapy slide.

Happy holidays everyone.
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After ride weather report.

Current conditions at
St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS)
Lat: 38.56°NLon: 90.15°WElev: 410ft.

Light Snow and Breezy
26°F
-3°C
Humidity 71%
Wind Speed NW 24 G 39 mph
Barometer 30.17 in (1022.0 mb)
Dewpoint 18°F (-8°C)
Visibility 2.00 mi
Wind Chill 11°F (-12°C)
Last update 24 Dec 1:53 pm CST

I have been baking. Blackberry cobbler yesterday and an apple crumb pie today.
Worried that the ice cream stash was low. Off to the store before closing time.

[IMG]IMG_1317 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG][IMG]IMG_1319 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1320 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]

Only the bridges had snow. No one else on the trail.
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I like your style. Bike pics are great but crumb apple pie.....with 4 scoops of ice cream....looks delicious.
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