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Old 03-02-23, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
A dozen or so cyclists were huddled in the Post Office lobby, trying to warm up before the descent.
There's a post office on top of the mountain?
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Not me. I did Hamilton once, New Years Day 2000. The climb is long but not hard, but when I got to the top, it was cold and foggy and every stitch of clothing I had on was soaked with sweat. A dozen or so cyclists were huddled in the Post Office lobby, trying to warm up before the descent. It was one of those things that I'm glad I did it, and feel no need to do it ever again. But I do understand the draw.
Hamilton is an amazing descent on a not-so-cold day with dry pavement. I did the New Years Day thing once, when it wasn't so cold or windy. It's always a big bike party.

The sweat problem is manageable. The trick is to take off whatever you can before climbing in earnest. A buddy of mine stores his extra bits of kit in a plastic bag.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Hamilton is an amazing descent on a not-so-cold day with dry pavement.
OK, so maybe not today. But soon.

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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Hamilton is an amazing descent on a not-so-cold day with dry pavement. I did the New Years Day thing once, when it wasn't so cold or windy. It's always a big bike party.

The sweat problem is manageable. The trick is to take off whatever you can before climbing in earnest. A buddy of mine stores his extra bits of kit in a plastic bag.
In retrospect, of course, that was obvious. Hell, it was obvious as I was sitting in the PO lobby trying to warm up and realizing how cold it would be going down! It was worse, BTW, because the cold and fog that plagued the last mile of the climb plagued the first THREE miles of the descent! But I was young(er) and dumb(er) and I'd only had experience doing OLH or Kings or Page Mill on warm days when cooling off on the descent was a GOOD thing!
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Not a big deal, but he/she might want to get her arse down!

Just below the crack, are those black lines standing rigging? Emergency rigging? Interesting construction. Not sure what the round cap like pieces are sticking out. Can't sort out that picture.
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Glad my carbon frame has external cables, I'd hate to have that happen.
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Interesting that they are going to try to fix the crack, while underway, and about 90' above the water while sailing in the Southern Ocean.


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Hey MoAlpha did you get your baby bike bolts unstuck???
Not yet, thanks for asking. I’m waiting for spares to come in the mail before attacking the existing ones.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Not a big deal, but he/she might want to get her arse down!

Just below the crack, are those black lines standing rigging? Emergency rigging? Interesting construction. Not sure what the round cap like pieces are sticking out. Can't sort out that picture.
I think those are continuous shrouds below the halyard.
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Seems I'm really late to the party. Mast has been repaired.

Team Malizia's Will Harris completes grueling mast repair at sea - The Ocean Race 2022-23
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I think those are continuous shrouds below the halyard.
I think you are correct.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
There's a post office on top of the mountain?
For air mail deliveries, obviously.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
There's a post office on top of the mountain?
It is possible it wasn't a Post Office. This was 23 years ago for about half an hour, and I just followed other cyclists looking for a place to warm up. All I REALLY know is it was some kind of lobby, open on New Years Day, and heated.
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I dunno if you can see it in the crappy phone pic but there's snow on the mountain back there!!!

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Mural in downtown Morton, IL. I'm thinking of sneaking over some night and painting the rear part of the bike in the mural to match my Emonda.



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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Not yet, thanks for asking. I’m waiting for spares to come in the mail before attacking the existing ones.
Show them no mercy!
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Interesting that they are going to try to fix the crack, while underway, and about 90' above the water while sailing in the Southern Ocean.


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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Seems I'm really late to the party. Mast has been repaired.

Team Malizia's Will Harris completes grueling mast repair at sea - The Ocean Race 2022-23
That's just cray-cray. I don't like the look of his face: how much carbon dust has he breathed into his lungs. No sign of even a dust mask.
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That's just cray-cray. I don't like the look of his face: how much carbon dust has he breathed into his lungs. No sign of even a dust mask.
I doubt there are dust masks on the boat. Only essential repair tools. Everything else gets left at the dock.

If you thing cyclists are weight weenies, you should hang with really competitive sailors.

I had a really competitive pro sailor onboard my old whale of a boat for a regatta one year. The boat weighed like 8,000 pounds, and my wife brought a nice assortment of sandwich fixings, chips, cookies, afternoon snacks, drinks, etc. for the crew since we would be on the water then entire day. He commented that there was no need for that, and on his boat each team member was limited to two 12 oz water bottles and 2 granola type bars per day in order to keep the weight down.
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I have Lovecraft's idea of the sea.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I doubt there are dust masks on the boat. Only essential repair tools. Everything else gets left at the dock.

If you thing cyclists are weight weenies, you should hang with really competitive sailors.

I had a really competitive pro sailor onboard my old whale of a boat for a regatta one year. The boat weighed like 8,000 pounds, and my wife brought a nice assortment of sandwich fixings, chips, cookies, afternoon snacks, drinks, etc. for the crew since we would be on the water then entire day. He commented that there was no need for that, and on his boat each team member was limited to two 12 oz water bottles and 2 granola type bars per day in order to keep the weight down.
Wasn't named "Bligh" by any chance?
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Interesting that they are going to try to fix the crack, while underway, and about 90' above the water while sailing in the Southern Ocean.
No such ocean found.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Wasn't named "Bligh" by any chance?
No, "Shark."
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
No such ocean found.
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It's there. Mo will confirm.

Might stick with geographic things you know, such as office parks.
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