Hills

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unknown
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Postby unknown » 8 Nov 2008, 12:12pm

I love hills. All that effort is worth it when you're bombing down the other side! :D

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Postby vernon » 9 Nov 2008, 8:57am

unknown wrote:I love hills. All that effort is worth it when you're bombing down the other side! :D


it doesn't always work out that way. After a gruelling and protracted climb from Machynlleth to Llanidloes I was so tired I couldn't enjoy the descent because I didn't have enough energy to pedal up the upward undulations on the descent.

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Postby Beakyboy » 9 Nov 2008, 9:42am

I sometimes find that its almost as knackering coming down as it is going up as I try to maintain a high cadence to get the fastest speed.
May the wind always be at your rear!

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Postby Dee Jay » 9 Nov 2008, 10:27am

I am growing to enjoy the challenges of the hills of Devon, and although I will admit to being a speed fiend, I am sometimes gripped by terror as I hurtle down thinking .... what if ....?
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Postby unknown » 9 Nov 2008, 3:21pm

Yeah, since I got knocked off last week I am the most paranoid cyclist ever. I think I may have to abandon the roads and start mountain biking and using the velodrome.

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Postby banger » 19 Nov 2008, 4:01pm

pedal up the upward undulations on the descent


You are either going up hill or down hill???????????? :roll:

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Postby EdinburghFixed » 21 Nov 2008, 9:08am

mac111051 wrote:a firm in Japan and one in Italy have now invented a device that allows you to have more than one gear


Maybe. I run Dura Ace and the total cost of the whole drivetrain is under £65 (and it's a joy to ride).

I just priced up the matching 'geared' drivechain and it comes to over £400 (not including the STI shifters which go for about £280 alone!)

I think I will just attack the hills, thanks! :wink:

(PS before anyone takes me to task, I know that I don't need DA to ride to work. But I enjoy it and it didn't cost much!)

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Postby FatBat » 21 Nov 2008, 2:11pm

There's a nice little tool in Google Maps* that plots a gradient profile for a chosen route. On my five-mile commute, it reckons I gain a total of about 1 metre, so I have don't know what yer on aboot.

*It is called "Route Profiler".

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Postby jonbott » 21 Nov 2008, 6:39pm

its all down hill to my workplace








then all uphill home :D
I`m def too old for this!

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Postby byegad » 21 Nov 2008, 7:27pm

jonbott wrote:its all down hill to my workplace








then all uphill home :D


Shouldn't that read;
'It's all downhill at my place of work?'

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Postby jonbott » 21 Nov 2008, 7:31pm

byegad wrote:
jonbott wrote:its all down hill to my workplace








then all uphill home :D


Shouldn't that read;
'It's all downhill at my place of work?'

you`ve been there then! :D
I`m def too old for this!

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Postby drossall » 21 Nov 2008, 9:24pm

The trouble with not having hills is that you're exposed to the wind.

With hills, you're sheltered from an unfriendly wind on the ups, and it doesn't matter on the downs. A friendly wind helps on the ups and (for that matter) the downs.

Riding 50 miles on the flat into a wind is soul-destroying.

Which is why the popular cycling areas have hills.

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Postby squeaker » 22 Nov 2008, 3:26pm

FatBat wrote:There's a nice little tool in Google Maps* that plots a gradient profile for a chosen route. On my five-mile commute, it reckons I gain a total of about 1 metre, so I have don't know what yer on aboot.

*It is called "Route Profiler".
Where (in Google Maps), please?
"42"

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Postby Gisen » 23 Nov 2008, 1:36am

squeaker wrote:
FatBat wrote:There's a nice little tool in Google Maps* that plots a gradient profile for a chosen route. On my five-mile commute, it reckons I gain a total of about 1 metre, so I have don't know what yer on aboot.

*It is called "Route Profiler".
Where (in Google Maps), please?


I looked for it too; doesn't seem to be a standard option.

But here is a link to it: http://www.heywhatsthat.com/profiler.html

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Postby jonbott » 23 Nov 2008, 6:03pm

Gisen wrote:
squeaker wrote:
FatBat wrote:There's a nice little tool in Google Maps* that plots a gradient profile for a chosen route. On my five-mile commute, it reckons I gain a total of about 1 metre, so I have don't know what yer on aboot.

*It is called "Route Profiler".
Where (in Google Maps), please?


I looked for it too; doesn't seem to be a standard option.

But here is a link to it: http://www.heywhatsthat.com/profiler.html

thats cool 8)
I`m def too old for this!