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28 miles up hill (sorta)

Old 10-07-19, 04:21 PM
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28 miles up hill (sorta)

Yesterday was a great day on the bike. Wind was howling like no other day. Crosswinds pushing me all over the road, tailwinds pushing me to an easy 25, and headwinds enough to simulate an up hill ride. Spinning around 100rpm, creeping along at 13mph into the wind for 28 miles allowed me to appreciate the previous 25 with tailwinds and dangerous crosswinds. The first half of the ride I psyched myself up for the return leg.
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Old 10-07-19, 05:41 PM
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Headwinds. Great for training. When else can you ride 30 miles on a 20 mile course?
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Old 10-07-19, 06:23 PM
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The Albany bike show was memorable a couple of years ago.

50 miles to Albany in the morning pushing hard into a headwind.

50 miles back home with a strong tailwind (and pushing 20+ MPH for much of it).

I met a couple of people who had ridden the opposite direction, down from Salem (maybe 30 or 40 miles). I knew that the headwind I had battled in the morning had been blowing them along. So, I had to wish them a strong headwind for their return trip (which, of course, meant a tailwind for myself).

Another 150 mile or so ride up to Portland in the spring had been a most unique ride. Light sleet, not enough to stick, but it could have been bad if it had been blasting in my face. Fortunately that time, I had a tailwind, and it was like riding in my own personal weather bubble.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The Albany bike show was memorable a couple of years ago.

50 miles to Albany in the morning pushing hard into a headwind.

50 miles back home with a strong tailwind (and pushing 20+ MPH for much of it).

I met a couple of people who had ridden the opposite direction, down from Salem (maybe 30 or 40 miles). I knew that the headwind I had battled in the morning had been blowing them along. So, I had to wish them a strong headwind for their return trip (which, of course, meant a tailwind for myself).

Another 150 mile or so ride up to Portland in the spring had been a most unique ride. Light sleet, not enough to stick, but it could have been bad if it had been blasting in my face. Fortunately that time, I had a tailwind, and it was like riding in my own personal weather bubble.
When did Albany get a bike show? I ask as I grew up there (graduated West Albany High in 1988). Also got my first real bike (one not pieced together with parts found in the junkyard and bearings/seals purchased new from the bike shop) a Centurion Le Mans 12 speed from Bike 'n Hike. In fact my mom hired one of the mechanics from Bike 'n Hike to teach me how to perform bicycle maintenance.

I still have that bike that was given to me Christmas of 1985.
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When did Albany get a bike show? I ask as I grew up there (graduated West Albany High in 1988). Also got my first real bike (one not pieced together with parts found in the junkyard and bearings/seals purchased new from the bike shop) a Centurion Le Mans 12 speed from Bike 'n Hike. In fact my mom hired one of the mechanics from Bike 'n Hike to teach me how to perform bicycle maintenance.

I still have that bike that was given to me Christmas of 1985.
I have no idea when they started, but they seem to do a big show every spring. I don't remember exactly where, but in an industrial part of town on the north side of downtown.

Here's a thread from this spring, and some photos from earlier when I had gone.

Albany Vintage Bicycle show

More custom cruisers than racers.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I have no idea when they started, but they seem to do a big show every spring. I don't remember exactly where, but in an industrial part of town on the north side of downtown.

Here's a thread from this spring, and some photos from earlier when I had gone.

Albany Vintage Bicycle show

More custom cruisers than racers.
Very cool. Thank you.

My dad still lives in Albany and runs a furniture refinishing business. The old Gray's Home Furnishings on the corner of 2nd and Ellsworth was my grandpa's store.

I rode my bike all over that town, and eventually when I got older would ride to Corvallis or Philomath and back. It wasn't uncommon for me to ride 10 miles to school, 10 miles home, 30+ miles to the west side of Corvallis and back (to get service or reeds for my saxophone), and then to ride to the football game at school for marching band and home... another 20 miles round trip. 70 miles spread out through the day back then was nothing (unfortunately I am nowhere near the shape I was in then).
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Yesterday was a great day on the bike. Wind was howling like no other day. Crosswinds pushing me all over the road, tailwinds pushing me to an easy 25, and headwinds enough to simulate an up hill ride. Spinning around 100rpm, creeping along at 13mph into the wind for 28 miles allowed me to appreciate the previous 25 with tailwinds and dangerous crosswinds. The first half of the ride I psyched myself up for the return leg.
Pro tip: Always ride the headwind leg first!
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Pro tip: Always ride the headwind leg first!
Negative! The wind might shift, and then were would you be? I know, it's a personal preference issue; but I'd rather take it easy on the way out knowing I will probably have to work on the way back. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised and get tailwind both ways.
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In my racing days living in Boston, I used to check the weather forecast on stormy days, find a town 50 miles upwind and ride there for lunch on my fix gear. Spin home. Those rides were brutal. But the spinning home meant my legs weren't "heavy" after.

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