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indyfabz 04-18-22 02:28 PM

Just saw some Raptors outside The Four Seasons. Game 2 is tonight at 7:30.

big john 04-18-22 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22476388)
No thanks. I do love me some good hills, but I am perfectly happy with 8-10%, even for miles and miles. I don't even mind shorter pitches of 15% but more than that is too steep.

15% is pretty tough, especially after miles of climbing to get there, like Mt Baldy ski lifts. I've done the 23% climb of Balcom canyon 3 times, don't really want to do it again. I don't know what the steepest grades I've done on the mtb are. I've been to the Fargo Street event a few times but never tried to climb it. Years ago it was only road bikes but then people started bringing mtb's and even building special funny bikes just for the event. It's 33%.

genejockey 04-18-22 02:30 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22476441)
15% is pretty tough, especially after miles of climbing to get there, like Mt Baldy ski lifts. I've done the 23% climb of Balcom canyon 3 times, don't really want to do it again. I don't know what the steepest grades I've done on the mtb are. I've been to the Fargo Street event a few times but never tried to climb it. Years ago it was only rod bikes but then people started bringing mtb's and even building special funny bikes just for the event. It's 33%.
Visiting with Huell Howser: Bike Race - YouTube

Those old TT bikes with the 650 wheel in front would be perfect. You'd feel like you were riding on a level road!

LAJ 04-18-22 02:35 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22476319)
You'd have to look in somebody else's collection for those. I know the C&V folks love them, but I tend to think that "It takes a while to break them in" means the rider is adapting to the saddle, not the other way 'round.

That, and it just smells like saddle soap or whatever it is that they do to them to season them. A true butt/saddle sniffer wouldn't settle for that, would they?

big john 04-18-22 02:44 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22476443)
Those old TT bikes with the 650 wheel in front would be perfect. You'd feel like you were riding on a level road!

Right! That and add a jackshaft to get a super low gear and up you go. I even saw ElliptiGO type things going up there the last time I went by.
Here is a pic I took of the ATOC on Balcom Canyon just above the 23% section.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3c2dbe9d78.jpg

Mojo31 04-18-22 02:54 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22476435)
The posting about the worst climb made me look at the pitch of another climb I like, County Park. It's listed as 0.4 miles at 11%, but it has some sections in the middle where I MUST use my bailout gear and I MUST stand up. Strava says those little *****es are 17-18%. That's plenty steep IMO.

​​​​​​https://www.strava.com/segments/4266154

I don't see you on the top 25 leaderboard.

Of course, that little nugget would leave me gassed and likely dead from an assploded chest.

genejockey 04-18-22 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22476452)
That, and it just smells like saddle soap or whatever it is that they do to them to season them. A true butt/saddle sniffer wouldn't settle for that, would they?

I wouldn't know.

Mojo31 04-18-22 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22476441)
15% is pretty tough, especially after miles of climbing to get there, like Mt Baldy ski lifts. I've done the 23% climb of Balcom canyon 3 times, don't really want to do it again. I don't know what the steepest grades I've done on the mtb are. I've been to the Fargo Street event a few times but never tried to climb it. Years ago it was only road bikes but then people started bringing mtb's and even building special funny bikes just for the event. It's 33%.
Visiting with Huell Howser: Bike Race - YouTube

Marigold jacket just like Dr. Doug's.

genejockey 04-18-22 03:00 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22476464)
Right! That and add a jackshaft to get a super low gear and up you go. I even saw ElliptiGO type things going up there the last time I went by.
Here is a pic I took of the ATOC on Balcom Canyon just above the 23% section.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3c2dbe9d78.jpg

Another video showed a picture of the bike used to break the world speed record. The main chainring fed another chainring, presumably through a small gear. You could do the same in reverse - small ring feeds large ring which feeds small ring. Really, really low gear. So low you'd probably fall over.
EDIT: Ah, jackshaft. Had to look it up.

datlas 04-18-22 03:11 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22476479)
I don't see you on the top 25 leaderboard.

Of course, that little nugget would leave me gassed and likely dead from an assploded chest.

My PR on that is 3:24 which is way off the leaderboard. I donít have Strava premium so can only see top 10.

Must work harder. Top 10 is 2:24.

big john 04-18-22 03:13 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22476484)
Marigold jacket just like Dr. Doug's.

I don't know that guy but there are several club members I know on the video. The video is almost 20 years old according to IMDB.

datlas 04-18-22 03:17 PM

This one is my favorite local climb. It’s long enough (more than a Km) and plenty steep. My PR would give me QOM if I were a female, but clearly only mediocre for a guy.

https://www.strava.com/segments/580148

big john 04-18-22 03:20 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22476488)
Another video showed a picture of the bike used to break the world speed record. The main chainring fed another chainring, presumably through a small gear. You could do the same in reverse - small ring feeds large ring which feeds small ring. Really, really low gear. So low you'd probably fall over.
EDIT: Ah, jackshaft. Had to look it up.

https://www.copakeauction.com/ws/wp-...-1920x1076.jpg

Mojo31 04-18-22 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22476497)
My PR on that is 3:24 which is way off the leaderboard. I donít have Strava premium so can only see top 10.

Must work harder. Top 10 is 2:24.

Hate to break it to you but top 10 is now 2:21 according to the link you posted. :(

Not to worry though, I wouldn't be in the top 1,000,000.

A few weeks ago I tried to best my time on a flat 5 mile stretch that I've ridden a lot. I was trying to bust into the top 1,000 for that segment that day. It was balls to the friggin wall the whole way. But, alas, all for naught. I was slower than my best and got nowhere close to busting into the top 1,000.

It was about then that golf became my realistic retirement endeavor. The miniature kind.

genejockey 04-18-22 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22476513)

The record is currently 183+ mph, held by a woman, whose motorpacing vehicle appears to be a fuel dragster!
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...abe9796315.jpg

Mojo31 04-18-22 03:47 PM

I need that.

Trsnrtr 04-18-22 03:50 PM

I got to spend 40 minutes in the Nashville parking lot. Could have been worse, I guess.

LesterOfPuppets 04-18-22 03:54 PM

Big news all you East Coast Parrotheads!

https://www.wnep.com/article/news/lo...zvv0XiqD8r_Yaw

big john 04-18-22 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22476539)
The record is currently 183+ mph, held by a woman, whose motorpacing vehicle appears to be a fuel dragster!

Yeah, John Howard coached her. That's the same car they used the last time the record was set in the 90s. I think it's gasoline and a Chevy big block.

genejockey 04-18-22 04:11 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22476574)
Yeah, John Howard coached her. That's the same car they used the last time the record was set in the 90s. I think it's gasoline and a Chevy big block.

That's about 4 x as fast as I've ever gone on a bike, and when I did it, it was downhill with a big ass tail wind. I don't want to imagine crashing at the speed I was going, let alone 184 mph. They'd need a pancake turner.

genejockey 04-18-22 04:12 PM

We're supposed to be getting some unseasonable rain this week, which is fine with me.

ls01 04-18-22 04:17 PM

We have about 3 inches of snow so far today

LesterOfPuppets 04-18-22 04:38 PM

ATTN: Velo Vol

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/compe...-set-giveaway/

genejockey 04-18-22 04:38 PM


Originally Posted by ls01 (Post 22476588)
We have about 3 inches of snow so far today

I'm seeing pics from my orchard-owning FB friends, back in PA, with snow on the peach blossoms. I don't know what that means for this peach season. Late frost is bad, but snow isn't as cold, IIRC.

big john 04-18-22 05:00 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22476578)
That's about 4 x as fast as I've ever gone on a bike, and when I did it, it was downhill with a big ass tail wind. I don't want to imagine crashing at the speed I was going, let alone 184 mph. They'd need a pancake turner.

John Howard crashed over 100 mph, maybe 120, back when he was trying to set the record. He had some injuries but not as bad as you might think. They are wearing full leathers and there is nothing to run into. Still, don't sign me up.


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