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GoPro POV Hill Climb - 32% grade

Old 12-16-12, 06:23 PM
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GoPro POV Hill Climb - 32% grade

For each revolution I was gaining two feet elevation, continuously, all the way up.

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Old 12-16-12, 06:27 PM
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my legs are whipped just 'cause I watched this.
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Old 12-16-12, 06:31 PM
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You are a beast.

Just went and did a lot of hills today in Albuquerque (what they call Fingers). Gained 1500 ft in 10 miles. I wish I had a triple. Holy crap.
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Dang. On a unicycle even.
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That's not a bicycle. Nor is that a road.

Just sayin'.
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I'm Just sayin' that's friggin' awesome! Love your videos... they make me want a uni.
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Thanks guys! This is like a "mini Fargo". About the same grade but a little more than half the distance. A big difference is also that there is no way to "snake" this climb, since it's less than 3 feet wide. It has to be ridden straight up. Really good training climb for sure!
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My knees hurt just watching you come down that.

I like how you come to just about a complete stop after each pedal revolution.
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Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
My knees hurt just watching you come down that.

I like how you come to just about a complete stop after each pedal revolution.
Yeah I have to half rev it while standing it's so steep. I thought about experimenting with clipless so I would have "pull" as well as "push", but that would be asking for a faceplant if I were to fall unexpectedly, and couldn't get my feet out in time! If I had a low (internal) gear I might be able to keep a consistent spin going, but it doesn't exist yet for unis. I do have a geared 26er that kicks into 1:1.5 high gear, and that baby can move pretty fast for one wheel! The one downside to a geared hub is that it adds a significant amount of weight; not too bad for off road and normal riding, but a real negative for climbing, where every ounce counts!

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Nice work (as usual).
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How was the grade measured?
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
How was the grade measured?
I used a level and straight edge, and used the formula: % grade = (rise / run ) X 100. You can go here and input the numbers. 274' length, 90' gain.
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Can you disclose the location?

Looks like the average speed is 3.3 mph for 1 minute, average power in 350-400 W range depending on your exact weight. I could probably get up THAT on 2 wheels, though the last time I tried anything above 20%, there were moments when I felt I was about to fall off the bike backwards. Pushing 350 W and balancing yourself on a unicycle at the same time, I don't know how you do that.
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Nice!

When you tune a tough piano, do you find yourself grabbing the bench like you do on your uni?
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Can you disclose the location?

Looks like the average speed is 3.3 mph for 1 minute, average power in 350-400 W range depending on your exact weight. I could probably get up THAT on 2 wheels, though the last time I tried anything above 20%, there were moments when I felt I was about to fall off the bike backwards. Pushing 350 W and balancing yourself on a unicycle at the same time, I don't know how you do that.
I've climbed it a little faster on a previous visit with a different wheelset. I think I was a bit apprehensive on this particular climb because in addition to having my gopro mounted to my uni, I was riding on a new wheelbuild with a super light Ergal hub that weighs only 250g.

What was concerning me is that I was only able to get my isis cranks little more than 1/2 way onto the splines of the axle. I was worried that at any moment I might sheer off the axles under so much pedaling down force! Turns out that the manufacturer had machined them out of tolerance range and therefore will not properly fit any of my isis cranks. So he's sending me a new one, from Italy!

Here's a previous climb at the same location, and it was filmed by a local. You can see the entire climb clearly from bottom to top. I think this climb also came in at just about 60 seconds. (My apologies if I posted this elsewhere on the forum, but I don't remember. Closing in on 60, I may be getting a bit forgetful! )


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Much better way to film climbs as it gives the viewer a better perspective of the difficulty.
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Found the place. Mapping software says its 295 feet horizontal and 80 feet vertical, sidewalk to sidewalk (27%). It may be off, of course.
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^^^ What's a few degrees between friends?
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
^^^ What's a few degrees between friends?
Not sure what you're trying to say. Horizontal distance from the satellite photo is 0.0543 miles = 287 feet (not 295, my markers were slightly off). Google reports elevation of 160 ft above sea level on the bottom street and 238 ft above sea level on the top street. No idea how accurate these numbers are, terrain is crazy. All I can really say is that numbers are in the ballpark.
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...All I can really say is that numbers are in the ballpark.
That was my point; 27% or 32% both are hellu steep.
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Originally Posted by hamster View Post
Found the place. Mapping software says its 295 feet horizontal and 80 feet vertical, sidewalk to sidewalk (27%). It may be off, of course.
And I thought I put the "dan" in pedant.
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Originally Posted by maidenfan View Post
Much better way to film climbs as it gives the viewer a better perspective of the difficulty.
Agreed. But not always possible unless there's another person there to film you. In that case I was lucky that a local resident came along at just the right time, and did a great job too! When I did my Fargo climb I had one of the owners of my local bike shop do the filming, and he said he almost passed out just *walking* up! This was no doubt the hardest thing I've ever done, and I ended up doing it twice. Next year my goal is to do five climbs.

But that may just be wishful thinking! Fargo is so unrelentingly steep that I had to start traversing (like most on bikes have to do) after about 1/3 of the way up, so as not to lose momentum and stall out. Not a lot of choice without low gears. But the irony is, it's almost harder because I had to keep making sharp turns and corrective hops to stay balanced, and that took a tremendous amount of energy that was already in short supply! You can even see (at 3:20) that when I hopped to correct balance, gravity pulled me down a good foot!


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