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Old 04-15-21, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark Dominck View Post
good guess but Oregon of all places

Must be that all downhill Oregon bike infrastructure we're all hearing so much about.

Kind of like the Idaho Stop where you just keep going.
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Originally Posted by Mark Dominck View Post
good guess but Oregon of all places
That explains it.
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Old 04-15-21, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Must be that all downhill Oregon bike infrastructure we're all hearing so much about.
Oregon has been going down hill ever since "Animal House" was filmed there.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Oregon has been going down hill ever since "Animal House" was filmed there.
THAT was Peak Oregon?!
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Old 04-15-21, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
THAT was Peak Oregon?!
'Fraid so.

During a supported tour there in 2007 we stayed on the outskirts of the town (Cottage Grove) where the homecoming parade scenes were filmed. Took the shuttle into town and walked around. Still hanging was a restaurant sign that can be seen for a split second in the film. "Listen to me. I think you'll be glad later if you weren't here now."--Hoover

The University of Missouri turned down a request by the studio to film in there. The University of Oregon said ok as long as the school was not identified. Got paid a paltry $20K.

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Old 04-15-21, 05:27 PM
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I never get downhill and downhill. I do get wind out and wind back fairly often.

A local mountain climb takes me about 4,000 ft up then another 1,000 on the way down. Who in the heck puts uphill on the downhill?
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
You are old and you forgot to turn around but thought you did.
Well you got it half right
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Old 04-15-21, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
You are old and you forgot to turn around but thought you did.
Well you got it half right
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Old 04-16-21, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark Dominck View Post
Well you got it half right
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Well you got it half right

On this evidence, I'm going with the "forgot" half.

Just kidding.
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Old 04-16-21, 10:04 AM
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This is why I hate e-bikes.
my wife was an avid cyclist and we used to do many rides including centuries until she developed a severe case of RA. It was far too painful for her to ride so she gave it up for 7 years until she got an e-bike and now I can't tell you how much joy her e-bike has provided being able to ride again. This is also true for a long time female friend of the family who also got RA and had To give up cycling (she rode the entire west coast in one trip). Now she is back at it and is thrilled.

So hate away, but for many, an e-bike is life changing.
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Old 04-16-21, 10:13 AM
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my wife was an avid cyclist and we used to do many rides including centuries until she developed a severe case of RA. It was far too painful for her to ride so she gave it up for 7 years until she got an e-bike and now I can't tell you how much joy her e-bike has provided being able to ride again. This is also true for a long time female friend of the family who also got RA and had To give up cycling (she rode the entire west coast in one trip). Now she is back at it and is thrilled.

So hate away, but for many, an e-bike is life changing.

Pretty sure you're scolding him for a pretty good joke about it being downhill both ways, but I think it's always good to have the reminder about why ebikes have been liberating for a lot of people.

I don't have any interest in them for my use, but I don't get the hate for them that people often express. I think we should be happy for your wife and glad to have her company on the roads and paths.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Pretty sure you're scolding him for a pretty good joke about it being downhill both ways, but I think it's always good to have the reminder about why ebikes have been liberating for a lot of people.

I don't have any interest in them for my use, but I don't get the hate for them that people often express. I think we should be happy for your wife and glad to have her company on the roads and paths.
i can be thick as a brick at times so appreciate the reality check. Always enjoy a good chuckle.

As for e-bike unlove, they are banned from a good number of local single track trails. As a mtn biker too, I dont quite know how I feel about that, but it would sure make those long climbs a whole lot easier, plus can get in more downhill runs.
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Through waist-deep snow also. Like when we were kids walking to school.
while it's 111F being drafted by an albino grizzly bear.
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I get the same feeling when I "accidentally" shift to 34/32 gear!
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I mostly road bike but occasionally I take my mtn bike up to our local trails where we have to climb 3 miles up to the trail head. Before I left to make the climb I spoke to four riders sitting at a table having a break and said they'd made one trip and were thinking of doing it again. I left and began my climb and about half way up the mountain here come these two guy pedaling casually past me with the leader towing his friend with a rope. I said hey how bout letting me join in just joking and that was before I even knew Ebikes existed. I thought boy that's one strong rider to pull like that. Well later I started hearing about these Ebikes and the light came on that was what he was riding. Now I really think that making the climbs is all part of mountain biking and would spoil the whole experience for me but seems like Ebikes are becoming the thing for a lot of Mtn bikers. I've been past by many of road bikers on Ebikes too, so get use to it everybody is doing it.
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I mostly road bike but occasionally I take my mtn bike up to our local trails where we have to climb 3 miles up to the trail head. Before I left to make the climb I spoke to four riders sitting at a table having a break and said they'd made one trip and were thinking of doing it again. I left and began my climb and about half way up the mountain here come these two guy pedaling casually past me with the leader towing his friend with a rope. I said hey how bout letting me join in just joking and that was before I even knew Ebikes existed. I thought boy that's one strong rider to pull like that. Well later I started hearing about these Ebikes and the light came on that was what he was riding. Now I really think that making the climbs is all part of mountain biking and would spoil the whole experience for me but seems like Ebikes are becoming the thing for a lot of Mtn bikers. I've been past by many of road bikers on Ebikes too, so get use to it everybody is doing it.
What doesn't change are having flats or breaking a link. As I organically move along, passing an E-motorized bike with a broken part, I'd feel less inclined to stop to assist. Chances are, my "standardized" bicycle tools might not have much use with the E-motorized bike.
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I took off on a ride towards the coast and most of the ride was downhill, at about the fifteen mile mark I knew the trip back would be harder so I turned around but to my surprise it was downhill on the return also and actually took me less time to return anybody ever expereince such a ride?
No.
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i can be thick as a brick at times so appreciate the reality check. Always enjoy a good chuckle.

As for e-bike unlove, they are banned from a good number of local single track trails. As a mtn biker too, I dont quite know how I feel about that, but it would sure make those long climbs a whole lot easier, plus can get in more downhill runs.

Not directed at you or your wife, but if someone isn't fit enough to work their way up a single track hill, they may not be likely to have the skills and experience needed for the safely riding the single track downhill. Not a perfect screening mechanism, but I can see the logic.
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Was it one of those 'gravity hills'?

https://weirdnj.com/stories/gravity-roads/
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A nod to M.C. Escher! Well played.
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Not directed at you or your wife, but if someone isn't fit enough to work their way up a single track hill, they may not be likely to have the skills and experience needed for the safely riding the single track downhill. Not a perfect screening mechanism, but I can see the logic.
Except the guys who have the highest skills tend to take chairlifts on ski hills. They could pedal up but they might only get one run in a day vs many if they ride the chair. Presumably e-bikes allow more runs. On the local, non-chairlift assisted, trails riders normally ride up a gravel road and then down the trails. They are mainly looking for the downhill experience so an e-bike would give them improved access if they didn't mind getting teased along the way.
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I mostly road bike but occasionally I take my mtn bike up to our local trails where we have to climb 3 miles up to the trail head. Before I left to make the climb I spoke to four riders sitting at a table having a break and said they'd made one trip and were thinking of doing it again. I left and began my climb and about half way up the mountain here come these two guy pedaling casually past me with the leader towing his friend with a rope. I said hey how bout letting me join in just joking and that was before I even knew Ebikes existed. I thought boy that's one strong rider to pull like that. Well later I started hearing about these Ebikes and the light came on that was what he was riding. Now I really think that making the climbs is all part of mountain biking and would spoil the whole experience for me but seems like Ebikes are becoming the thing for a lot of Mtn bikers. I've been past by many of road bikers on Ebikes too, so get use to it everybody is doing it.
Well before e-bikes, we had ski lifts to haul us up the mountain. The descents were sometimes scary and so not for this MAMIL anymore.
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Was it one of those 'gravity hills'?

https://weirdnj.com/stories/gravity-roads/
Indeed we had a famous one in Indiana that was a common destination for bored and/or romantically inclined teenagers. Brethren to the false flat, which draws no such attention.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_hill
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Wow you discovered a real life Penrose route?
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Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
if he was cycling towards the coast, its possible he was going downhill into the wind on the outbound leg, and uphill with the wind on the way back.
that just makes a whole lot of sense
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