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sf peninsula hillsbaby doc
Apr 18, 2001 10:40 AM
for those who've ridden up old la honda and king's mountain, what are your best times. according to chainreaction site, king's mountain starts at tripp rd. haven't climbed king's but i go really slow at la honda ~35 minutes, using 39x27. is there hope for me, without resorting to weight-lifting? i hate dieting as well.
Can't help with times, but how's the traffic there these days?Cory
Apr 18, 2001 2:04 PM
I grew up in Redwood City and used to ride those roads often in the late '60s and early '70s. You could ride for a week at a time without seeing another cyclist, and there wasn't much car traffic except on weekends.
Haven't been back except for short visits since then, but I'll be housesitting for relatives in June and July and I'm looking forward to heading over to San Gregorio and some other places I remember. Am I going to get mowed down by SUV morons on the no-shoulder roads, or can you still ride there?
Thanks--
Lottsa Moronsgrz mnky
Apr 18, 2001 2:30 PM
Gotta watch out - it's a war out there. Riders have been hit (sometimes on purpose) and killed on all of these roads. Seems if you buy an SUV and you live in one of the posh cottages in the hills it gives you license to drive like and @sshole and scare the crap out of cyclists. Even more so if you're a angry white male who is balding and fat and your IPO/dot bomb company just failed. Really watch out if you're in Woodside - there is a battle going on between militant cyclists and militant property owners - guess who the cops ticket for rolling a stop sign? The further you get from Silli-Villi the better it gets - check out the riding on the coast and down Santa Cruz way. Stay off Steven's Creek out by the reservior during normal working hours - the tandem gravel trucks going to and from the quaries are deadly - and they don't stop.

But that's just my opinion - YMMV.

BTW - I typically use a 3rd Eye Mirror so I can check my six.
"Check your Six???"biknben
Apr 19, 2001 6:57 AM
That's funny. I remember you once mentioning you had a military background. Us civilian types get a kick outta all the terminology.

I once rode with an ex-army guy who used to carry a ton of crap when he rode. His excuse was that "you always have to be Combat Loaded and have plenty of MREs" which I soon learned were "meals ready to eat".
Roger Thatgrz mnky
Apr 19, 2001 11:38 AM
Yup, you got it. Flew jets for the Navy - checking your six meant looking behind you so some one didn't sneak up on you and start putting BB's through your head - real or imagined. It also carries over into other pursuits - what's behind you can hurt you. Purposely went off the road last year (and took the guy drafting me) when I saw a huge logging truck bearing down on us with zero attempt to make some room on Hwy 1 with no shoulder. Scared the crap out of us - we would've been street pizzas.

Those MRE's are totally disgusting - pretty much like a sponge that has been dehydrated and pressed flat - just add water. However, there's a thing in everyone's head called the "chicken switch." Once you're hungry enough this little switch in your brain gets flipped and *everthing* tastes just like chicken. If it doesn't taste like chicken then you aren't hungry enough, try again later. BTW - the Marines taught me to save the MRE instant coffee for later - when you start to get tired and need to stay awake you put a pinch between your cheek and gum just like dip, but you get an instant caffine rush instead.

You should see the crap I get for carrying some small light tools - funny how it all goes away the minute someone needs your help..... ;-)
Can't help with times, but how's the traffic there these days?baby doc
Apr 18, 2001 5:31 PM
actually most of the mountain roads here are pretty safe. especially compared to NY or LA. SLIGHTLY more dangerous in the flat areas of silicon valley. people even slow down and give way in the narrow parts of old la honda and page mill, even down 84. motorcycles fly through but their easy to avoid. king's mountain does seem more dangerous because of the heavy traffic for such a narrow road(i drove up to check it out).
Can't help with times, but how's the traffic there these days?grz mnky
Apr 19, 2001 11:41 AM
Well, in the not too idstant past people have been hurt or killed on pretty much every road mentioned. Some were honest accidents and some were intentional. Results are the same: the bicyclist loses every time. We still ride these roads, but you just have to be heads up.
OLH 22:35grz mnky
Apr 18, 2001 2:20 PM
Keep plugging away. Remember you don't have to diet if you simply ride your @ss off.