Hills

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Hector's House
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Hills

Postby Hector's House » 4 Nov 2008, 1:34am

Here's a conversation I usually find myself having when I'm in Edinburgh.

"i would cycle, but there's so many hills in Edinburgh". True enough, Edinburgh does have seven of 'em.

But my reply is one of the following - it depends on who i'm speaking to...
to the older generation, I reply "ahhh, you get used to them... and once you've done a hill once, you're not feared to do it again - and you'll do it better"

And to the younger generation? "ahhh, I LOVE the hills!"

It's true. sometimes I don't like a hill, but usually I love 'em.

I've noticed a funny thing on Spokes and Go Bike rides... I sometimes fall behind on the flat, always do on the downhill - others have the advantage of drop bars (i have to choose between stability or speed at an uncomfortable position with no braking - i generally choose comfort and braking power). But when we get to an uphill i'm away! Perish the man who happens to be infront of me! well, not really - i'll just overtake.

it seems i'm incapable of maintaining a slow but safe speed when going uphill - i end up being more tired than if I had done it quickly!

There is one notable exception to this, and this is the hill that connects Craighouse and Myresside. I like going down (not love - it's a bit tricky, especially with morning traffic), but I despise going up it. It's a short sharp VERY steep one... I've managed to do it a total of three times without being so tired I feel like collapsing. eee, i hate that hill. Myreside road can give some momentum if the wind is with you, but not very much...

Glasgow is the same as Edinburgh. Many people I've spoken to cite the hills as being the major obstacle to them getting a bike. Rubbish! The worst hills happen to be in the centre, either going toward Sauchihall Street, or going out of town to the West, via Bath Street - in which case, the journey will be full of many hill starts because of the traffic lights, which give a nice breather!

Is anyone else in the same boat?

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EdinburghFixed
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Postby EdinburghFixed » 4 Nov 2008, 9:18am

I wouldn't mind hills if I had more than one gear!

As it is, I have to attack them to keep my cadence up (although I can manage the Mound, just about, so it's not too bad)...

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Postby mac111051 » 4 Nov 2008, 4:54pm

a firm in Japan and one in Italy have now invented a device that allows you to have more than one gear

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Postby Mick F » 4 Nov 2008, 4:56pm

Good grief!
What will they think of next!?
Mick F. Cornwall

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Postby johnmac » 4 Nov 2008, 11:52pm

pneumatic tyres?

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Postby Beakyboy » 5 Nov 2008, 11:28am

Here's a novel idea, what about an electric bike?!
May the wind always be at your rear!

mac111051
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Postby mac111051 » 5 Nov 2008, 12:02pm

What are tyres,

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Postby random37 » 5 Nov 2008, 12:54pm

So what you're saying is, these machines have two wheels?

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Postby mac111051 » 5 Nov 2008, 1:05pm

Whats a wheel ?

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Postby Beakyboy » 5 Nov 2008, 1:18pm

mac111051 wrote:Whats a wheel ?


Isn't that something Vera Lynn sang about?

"wheel meet again......." :lol:
May the wind always be at your rear!

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cranky1
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Postby cranky1 » 7 Nov 2008, 1:06pm

Beaky boy you did'nt hear right Vera sang about her favorite fish supper

''Whale meat again''

It was very popular and much sought after during the war apparently.
Be carefull out there.

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Postby Coffee » 7 Nov 2008, 3:06pm

oh deary me. :roll: :lol:

Personally I don't like hills, I struggle on the little ones we have here in the fens.

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Postby Beakyboy » 7 Nov 2008, 3:21pm

I only like the sort of hills that go down.
May the wind always be at your rear!

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Postby jezer » 7 Nov 2008, 4:52pm

Hills are no problem for my 2 litre Skoda. Oh sorry ... did you mean on the bike? :lol:
Power to the pedals

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Postby Beakyboy » 7 Nov 2008, 5:13pm

jezer wrote:Hills are no problem for my 2 litre Skoda. Oh sorry ... did you mean on the bike? :lol:


Now if i was really mean i could start on the Skoda jokes, but .............
May the wind always be at your rear!