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Rapha Continental Cold Knob Frankford, WV

Old 11-27-09, 01:28 PM
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Rapha Continental Cold Knob Frankford, WV

"Riding out of the saddle is not an option on pitches nearing twenty percent."

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Old 11-27-09, 02:18 PM
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I'd say it's the only option on the steepest roads. Having ridden short stretches of 25%+, I can say that seated climbing at that pitch invites tumbling backwards down the hill.
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Old 11-27-09, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Terex View Post
"Riding out of the saddle is not an option on pitches nearing twenty percent."

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If Rapha says so, it must be true. Of course they have a secret weapon...Rapha cyclists don't wear helmets, thus saving precious weight on such challenging climbs.
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Old 11-27-09, 07:25 PM
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im sure its not an option cuz they get off and walk...pansies...then they take sepia photos of it and call it an "epic walk" because they got blisters on their feet.
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I like this one:
"No more than a passing remark, albeit one scrawled nonchalantly on a napkin in red Sharpie and shoved into the back of my saddle. It said, simply, ‘Rapha = Poser’."

However, I will give it to Rapha on well done use of nice pictorial rides and descriptions for marketing. At the same time, I envision Peterman siting back coming up with some of those descriptions. And hey, if we all could afford Rapha we would have some.

oh, and of course you can stand on 20%
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Rapha is about posing, not riding, and would be the second to last people I'd take riding advice from (the last being Rivendell). But perhaps by "not an option" they mean mandatory.
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so the riders who climb fargo street in l.a. (33%) out of the saddle are doing it wrong... ... who knew?
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Old 11-28-09, 12:45 AM
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I run a 18% grade short hill regularly...I can do either, but the spinning is harder.
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Old 11-28-09, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
so the riders who climb fargo street in l.a. (33%) out of the saddle are doing it wrong... ... who knew?
There's so much wrong with that picture on so many levels

Good thing they don't get snow in LA...that road would be impassable 4 months out of the year here in MN.

Honestly, I'm surprised they could even pave that thing.
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"Riding out of the saddle is not an option on pitches nearing twenty percent."

Why did not some the above posters think the meaning of this sentence bassackwards?

I served as the "host" for a Rapha ride this past summer. The Rapha cyclists were superbly conditioned, of course they all wore helmets, and any of them could ride most BF posters into the ground (which is probably not be saying much). Pics of the ride, which traveled from the desert to pine-forested slopes in Arizona, are here.

(I'm also the three-time record holder for most ascents in one day on the Fargo Street Hill Climb and yes, climbing a 20% - or 33% - grade means climbing out of the saddle.)

Although Rapha clothing costs way more than I usually want to spend, the photos and writing on their website are, like their products, first rate.


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^ - Amen! Love you photos of the ride.

Originally Posted by bigtea View Post
If Rapha says so, it must be true. Of course they have a secret weapon...Rapha cyclists don't wear helmets, thus saving precious weight on such challenging climbs.
Yea, we know you don't like Rapha. Get over it already! BTW, the quote means that one has no other choice but to get out of the saddle when riding those kinds of grades.
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Originally Posted by blacksquid View Post
^ - Amen! Love you photos of the ride.



Yea, we know you don't like Rapha. Get over it already! BTW, the quote means that one has no other choice but to get out of the saddle when riding those kinds of grades.
sorry...I won't get over it, so deal with it
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Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
"Riding out of the saddle is not an option on pitches nearing twenty percent."

Why did some the above posters get the meaning of this sentence bassackwards?

I served as the "host" for a Rapha ride this past summer. The Rapha cyclists were superbly conditioned, of course they all wore helmets, and any of them could ride most BF posters into the ground (which is probably not be saying much). Pics of the ride, which traveled from the desert to pine-forested slopes in Arizona, are here.

(I'm also the three-time record holder for most ascents in one day on the Fargo Street Hill Climb and yes, climbing a 20% - or 33% - grade means climbing out of the saddle.)

Although Rapha clothing costs way more than I usually want to spend, the photos and writing on their website are, like their products, first rate.


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There you have it!

The hill that was 20 % was dirt\gravel on that ride. Standing while climbing dirt is not such a good idea.
You can go there and do it yourself, i think that is the idea they give the route slip, map etc. Go for it or maybe its easier to just slag it off here!
Haters..
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