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Old 07-01-20, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
How epic is epic?
It’s a ride to and up Hawk Mountain. I think about 110 miles and lots of climbing. Epic enough.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It’s a ride to and up Hawk Mountain. I think about 110 miles and lots of climbing. Epic enough.
Dang!

Will you be climbing the eastern or western slope?
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Dang!

Will you be climbing the eastern or western slope?
Lemme check. Here is the tentative route.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191159

edit: looks like up the West and down the East side
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Which bottles did you get? I need to get a couple new ones too, and probably will get the Camelbak Podium 24oz.
No idea. They have something printed on them, but they are entirely generic and standard and the usual 24 oz (?) sort of size. However, they are clear plastic and clean, unlike the ugly, mismatched, white ones they're replacing.
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No idea. They have something printed on them, but they are entirely generic and standard and the usual 24 oz (?) sort of size. However, they are clear plastic and clean, unlike the ugly, mismatched, white ones they're replacing.
Scarred up yet clean bottle just show that you're a serious cyclist.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Lemme check. Here is the tentative route.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191159

edit: looks like up the West and down the East side
How nice that you get to climb over the ridge, descend back down, and then climb back up again

Knowing how RWGPS likes to underestimate elevation, that is an epic day indeed.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Scarred up yet clean bottle just show that you're a serious cyclist.
The old ones aren't clean either, but who cares how they look on the inside.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Lemme check. Here is the tentative route.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191159

edit: looks like up the West and down the East side
That won't be much fun in anything under 94º F.

And at least you'll be near Intercourse.
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Old 07-01-20, 01:36 PM
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No idea. They have something printed on them, but they are entirely generic and standard and the usual 24 oz (?) sort of size. However, they are clear plastic and clean, unlike the ugly, mismatched, white ones they're replacing.
It’s personal, but I like the camelbak valves, compared to the usual bite to drink close on your butt ones.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It’s personal, but I like the camelbak valves, compared to the usual bite to drink close on your butt ones.
Me too. They only had one of the model with that sort of valve and they have to match. I have one top like that which I may transfer to one of the new bottles, but it will give me the OCD pruritus.

I don't close the other kind.

Incidentally, I am thinking of starting to carry green tea, which I have been using as a stimulant and euphoriant for the past year. I'd love to start slugging that stuff on the second half of a ride long ride.

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Old 07-01-20, 01:46 PM
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The old ones aren't clean either, but who cares how they look on the inside.
That's how I always felt. I lent one to a friend, and when she couldn't get it clean to her specs, she threw it out. I raised such a fuss that she went back and picked it out of the trash can.
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Old 07-01-20, 01:49 PM
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Are stores limiting the number of shoppers allowed inside up there?
The line to get into Costco, today at noon, resembled the immigration line at Hartsfield Jackson Airport. And was moving about as fast. I bugged out.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
That's how I always felt. I lent one to a friend, and when she couldn't get it clean to her specs, she threw it out. I raised such a fuss that she went back and picked it out of the trash can.
There's no funk like y'own funk.
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Old 07-01-20, 01:51 PM
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I am aware of only one type of valve. I don't normally close them either.
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There's no funk like y'own funk.
She called it mold. I have since been soaking them in cloro solution when they turn black inside. It can't hurt.
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Old 07-01-20, 02:00 PM
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That's how I always felt. I lent one to a friend, and when she couldn't get it clean to her specs, she threw it out. I raised such a fuss that she went back and picked it out of the trash can.
Was it IN the trash or ON the trash?

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Lemme check. Here is the tentative route.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33191159

edit: looks like up the West and down the East side
I’d probably die doing that
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I’d probably die doing that
You are in Saratoga. Ever ride up Whiteface?? It’s a blast. I highly recommend it if you like climbing.
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You are in Saratoga. Ever ride up Whiteface?? It’s a blast. I highly recommend it if you like climbing.
I plan on going sometime soon. The summit is closed but they’re letting people up.

I love climbing, I’m just too fat to be any good at it.
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I plan on going sometime soon. The summit is closed but they’re letting people up.

I love climbing, I’m just too fat to be any good at it.
I did it 2 years ago. It’s a consistent climb. Roughly 8% for 8 miles. Find a gear combo you can sustain for 8% without going into the red zone, and you can do it.
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It’s personal, but I like the camelbak valves, compared to the usual bite to drink close on your butt ones.
CB valves are nifty.

I use bottles with ye olde valves, and just leave them open after I take my first drink. Gotta make the first drink a big one so not too much sloshes out
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I did it 2 years ago. It’s a consistent climb. Roughly 8% for 8 miles. Find a gear combo you can sustain for 8% without going into the red zone, and you can do it.
Hmmmm... If I find a gear combo that I can sustain on 8%, then the challenge becomes keeping the bike upright at such low speeds.
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Hmmmm... If I find a gear combo that I can sustain on 8%, then the challenge becomes keeping the bike upright at such low speeds.
I don’t get into trouble until I hit 15%.
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Wawa break at mile 37. 26 to go. Humid as heck.
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