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01-24-14, 07:19 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

I started back riding in Oct. '98 and that next...

I started back riding in Oct. '98 and that next Sept. I rode almost 500 miles and 48,000' of climbing in 9 days for the whole of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'd say just start riding and have fun when...
12-11-13, 05:03 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

I'll b on the Big Island this coming July but...

I'll b on the Big Island this coming July but without a bike. You can bet I'll be doing some recon for a future loop around.
10-29-13, 07:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,291
Posted By BikeWNC

Town for me is Sylva. There is a back road that...

Town for me is Sylva. There is a back road that takes us up to the BRP, then on to Waterrock Knob.
10-28-13, 07:23 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Waterrock Knob is a good climb but we locals...

Waterrock Knob is a good climb but we locals don't count it unless you start in town or in Cherokee. Both about 18 miles up, one with 3900' the other with 4700'.
10-25-13, 07:08 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Saw the first flurries of the season yesterday. ...

Saw the first flurries of the season yesterday. It seems cooler temps are here to stay now.
10-25-13, 07:06 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Our collective bonk on the AoMM that year was...

Our collective bonk on the AoMM that year was probably due to not being able to get into our pockets to get food. It was raining hard the first 4+ hours and in traffic there were lots of slowing,...
10-25-13, 06:59 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Come on down! Neal and I will show you around.

Come on down! Neal and I will show you around.
10-25-13, 06:58 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

It rained for most of those first 80 miles as I...

It rained for most of those first 80 miles as I recall. I also bonked, though at mile 96. That left a very long 20+ miles of climbing to go. Ah, memories.
10-23-13, 09:12 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Hmmm, "climbing above it all" eh? Sounds like...

Hmmm, "climbing above it all" eh? Sounds like fun to me. Glad you had fun. The BRP is one of the best roads to ride anywhere.
10-22-13, 09:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 913
Posted By BikeWNC

Glad I didn't try them. lol Personally, I'd...

Glad I didn't try them. lol Personally, I'd wait for the next generation of hydraulic brakes. I think they will do some refinements to the system, like level throw adjustments, weight and size. ...
10-20-13, 02:22 PM
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Views: 535
Posted By BikeWNC

I've not done a Carmichael camp but I did use...

I've not done a Carmichael camp but I did use their coaching service for several years with good results. I talked to my coach about the camps but never attended one. From what I was told, they, at...
10-20-13, 01:53 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

NealH and I attended a Specialized Demo ride in...

NealH and I attended a Specialized Demo ride in Asheville this morning. I test rode a Venge while Neal tried out a Tarmac SL4, Roubaix disc and a Venge. We had a short spirited group ride of about...
10-19-13, 05:16 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

66.5 miles today at the Tour de (green) Leaves...

66.5 miles today at the Tour de (green) Leaves out of Tryon, NC. Not much color down that way yet. NealH and I did the distance under overcast skies but no rain, which had threatened at the start. ...
10-14-13, 10:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By BikeWNC

Oh, so it wore out, though I have similar miles...

Oh, so it wore out, though I have similar miles on wheels without issue. Was it an Open Pro rim? Did you have the same problem with the rear wheel? I would expect that one to fail before the...
10-14-13, 09:20 PM
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Thanks. We have a some good climbs here. The...

Thanks. We have a some good climbs here. The approach from the other side starts with a 3240ft climb in 10 miles then a 3 mile descent followed by 1480ft in 4.5 miles. So that's 4720ft in 14.5...
10-14-13, 07:27 PM
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Views: 535
Posted By BikeWNC

Not sure I've ever heard of the spokes on the...

Not sure I've ever heard of the spokes on the front wheel breaking. Unless something got caught in between the spokes how does that happen?
10-14-13, 12:16 PM
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NealH and I rode from town this morning up to...

NealH and I rode from town this morning up to Waterrock Knob about 18.5 miles up with 3750ft of climbing. The road to the parking lot at the top was closed due to the gov't shutdown so we turned...
10-13-13, 01:34 PM
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NealH and I got out for a summer like ride around...

NealH and I got out for a summer like ride around the Ring of Fire, a local loop. It's a hard ride with steep grades and I had to take it slow at times given my current fitness level. Beautiful...
09-24-13, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By BikeWNC

Remember, the temp on top of Mitchell will be...

Remember, the temp on top of Mitchell will be very different than down in Asheville. I'd expect towards the end of Oct. the highs on the mountain are in the mid 40s to 50º at best. Climbing in the...
09-23-13, 07:55 PM
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Views: 490
Posted By BikeWNC

Yeah, the Tour de Leaves is a nice ride. One...

Yeah, the Tour de Leaves is a nice ride. One good steep 2 mile climb and one longer more mellow climb.

As for weather that time of year, I'd expect near freezing temps in the morning warming...
09-23-13, 07:48 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,496
Posted By BikeWNC

My SWorks Tarmac is plenty comfy. I'd say it is...

My SWorks Tarmac is plenty comfy. I'd say it is the most comfortable bike I've owned. There is less high frequency vibrations from this frame than my IF Ti. Metal rings, carbon dampens. The...
09-23-13, 11:35 AM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Well, you are right to a point. Carbon does...

Well, you are right to a point. Carbon does require more diligence in use. There is nothing wrong with a well made Ti frame. If I needed a super durable travel, randonee bike it would be Ti from a...
09-23-13, 11:18 AM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Sounds like carbon to me, only a carbon bike...

Sounds like carbon to me, only a carbon bike would be lighter, stronger, corrosion proof and under most conditions just about as durable. Ti frames crack too, welds break. For the money, under most...
09-23-13, 11:13 AM
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Posted By BikeWNC

I sold my last Ti frame a couple years ago. I...

I sold my last Ti frame a couple years ago. I think there is still a market for Ti but it is ever decreasing in scope. For me, I would consider a Ti frame if I valued absolute durability over...
09-20-13, 11:53 AM
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Views: 1,485
Posted By BikeWNC

I ride 25c tires at 190# (currently). I use...

I ride 25c tires at 190# (currently). I use about 95-100 psi. When I rode 23c tires I usually inflated them to about 105-110psi. There is no need to ride 23s at 120 psi unless you ride on glass...
09-18-13, 08:23 AM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Where are the pictures? You can't ride that road...

Where are the pictures? You can't ride that road and not post pics.
09-17-13, 07:24 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

I've been riding the last couple days on my mtb...

I've been riding the last couple days on my mtb up Wayah Bald while the kid is in gymnastics. It's been perfect weather with temps in the 50s-60s at 4100-5300ft. Today I rustled up a bear that ran...
09-15-13, 07:48 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Maybe north of the 60th.

Maybe north of the 60th.
09-14-13, 01:40 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Unbelievably epic last mountain stage on the...

Unbelievably epic last mountain stage on the Angliru today. No spoilers. Go watch.
09-13-13, 09:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,602
Posted By BikeWNC

My driveway has a 21% grade on the corner. It's...

My driveway has a 21% grade on the corner. It's not too bad but then it's not very long and I usually don't have a hundred miles in my legs before I ride it. I'm happy for Horner. He's sort of...
09-09-13, 07:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By BikeWNC

By a local. IDK the circumstances of the...

By a local. IDK the circumstances of the incident other than what is stated in the article. However, I have noticed lately in the morning and evening the sun angle is low enough to blind a driver...
09-09-13, 06:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By BikeWNC

Lost a Local Rider this Weekend

One of our local summer residents, Dean Davis age 84, was killed while riding his bike this weekend. He was struck by a car on a road I ride all the time. Dean was an Ironman triathlete and...
09-07-13, 07:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,185
Posted By BikeWNC

Except for the young Cat 1/2 riders, all the guys...

Except for the young Cat 1/2 riders, all the guys use compact cranks where I live. Some of those guys are pretty darn fast.
09-07-13, 02:52 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

20 miles this morning after the fog burned off...

20 miles this morning after the fog burned off and while the kid was at gymnastics practice.
09-06-13, 11:41 AM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Yikes. What needs to be done for $4500?

Yikes. What needs to be done for $4500?
09-04-13, 11:51 AM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Needed to take a day off the bike so I went for a...

Needed to take a day off the bike so I went for a hike this morning in Great Smoky Mtn NP. I hiked 5.5 miles to Cliff Tops on Mt LeConte, 2850' up then back down for a total of 11 miles and 3000'...
09-03-13, 07:37 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

In an attempt to lose a few pounds before the...

In an attempt to lose a few pounds before the winter sets in, I rode for the fourth day in a row today. I left my daughter's gym for a ride up Wayah Gap and back. It's mostly a climb up and fly...
09-02-13, 09:31 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Got out this morning for a short 20 mile loop...

Got out this morning for a short 20 mile loop with around 1200ft of climbing. It was humid but cool. A cold front is coming through tomorrow to reduce the moisture to more typical Sept. levels.
09-02-13, 12:24 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

The pavement issues have been fixed. It's pretty...

The pavement issues have been fixed. It's pretty smooth and I can't even remember seeing a pothole, but I do remember what it was like a few years ago. It was outright dangerous coming back down...
09-01-13, 12:20 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Yesterday, NealH and I left the Folk Art Center...

Yesterday, NealH and I left the Folk Art Center on the BRP near Asheville, NC early AM for a ride up to the top of Mt Mitchell. Unfortunately the weather had different plans. When we got up to the...
08-28-13, 04:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

For those interested in an organized ride, the...

For those interested in an organized ride, the Tour de Franklin aka Fall Classic (http://tourdefranklin.blogspot.com/) is a moderate metric on beautiful roads in WNC. If I can recover from my...
08-24-13, 07:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

Neal is riding the best I've ever have seen him...

Neal is riding the best I've ever have seen him ride at this time. I guess retirement is letting him get out on the bike more. I'm pretty slow right now but have hope that I can get back in shape...
08-23-13, 07:05 PM
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Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

Well Jim, just let me know and we'll ride it next...

Well Jim, just let me know and we'll ride it next year. I had to take my time on this one. I'm just not in the shape needed to ride it any other way. You probably have ridden most of the course at...
08-22-13, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By BikeWNC

For a Florida bike, I'd get a Specialized Venge...

For a Florida bike, I'd get a Specialized Venge with some deep or mid aero wheels. That ought to get you where you want to go. :thumb:
08-22-13, 01:39 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

NealH and I took out our mtbs and rode 44 miles...

NealH and I took out our mtbs and rode 44 miles with nearly 4000 ft of climbing today in Smoky Mountain NP. The NPS has kept the Balsam Mt Rd closed all season, which is a 17 mile gravel...
08-20-13, 05:13 PM
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Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

It's a great hike, one of the best and most...

It's a great hike, one of the best and most popular in the Park. It can get dicey in the winter though. LeConte can often have 3-4 ft of snow sitting on the ground. But, most any other season it...
08-19-13, 07:43 PM
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Posted By BikeWNC

Looks like a good ride. Maybe some year I'll...

Looks like a good ride. Maybe some year I'll make it up there. This year though I'll be hiking into Mt LeConte Lodge in the Smokies for the weekend.
08-18-13, 08:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

We do have plenty of valley rides too. Still...

We do have plenty of valley rides too. Still plenty of climbing but usually shorter in length. It's a pick your pleasure kinda place.
08-18-13, 08:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

As great as our climbs are, they are not the...

As great as our climbs are, they are not the Passo Gavia. :) I'll check out that post though.
08-18-13, 08:17 PM
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Views: 957
Posted By BikeWNC

Well you'll never know if you don't try! I'm in...

Well you'll never know if you don't try! I'm in horrible shape, having been off the bike, eaten too much and traveled a lot lately. I took it slow and did ok. I didn't set any records, slowest...
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