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Flats - do they really exist?(16 posts)

Flats - do they really exist?must_pedal_harder
Apr 22, 2001 3:11 PM
Okay, I live in NY, an hour north of the city and the area I live in is very hilly, your either going up one or comming down from one, about to go into another. Some of them are rolling, many are the kind where it looks like the cars going up the street are going vertical, and then you have the 3-4 mile climbs that eat at the soul.

The longest flats I have ever honestly seen here is maybe a half mile strech next to a lake, or some short 300 to 400m strech on leveled ground.

Honestly, are there areas in this world where you're actually on flat road for a mile, or dare I say two? If so, please send some over here :)

-Drew
If your lookin for flat, don't come lookin here...Jim A
Apr 22, 2001 5:24 PM
...in the Burgh that is. There's nothin flat in Pittsburgh. That's why I'm going to the TarWheel Century (Elizabeth City, NC, 4/28) next weekend to kick off the season. All flat english and metric centries!
yes, and in nyfuzzybunnies
Apr 22, 2001 6:04 PM
I ride just outside of albany and have come accross a 41/2 mile stretch of road that is almost completely flat, 2 small bumps that'll drop your speed 2mph and you don't have to stand to make them. The wind also blows straight down it and gives you an idea of how the pro's feel. The other day I did the stretch never dropping below 23.5mph and even held 26.5mph for half a mile. TTFN
Flats all we got here...Kristin
Apr 23, 2001 7:30 AM
But I have a question about climbing.

Fuzzy, are you familiar with Rte 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake? My dad lives on that hill and I've tampered a couple times with the idea of trying to do this ride--in the VERY distant future, mind you. What would it take to do something like this?

Just curious,
George
re: Flats - do they really exist?Larry Davidson
Apr 22, 2001 6:19 PM
I live in central AR and if I go south or east it's completely flat, you can do a century with no signs of a hill, but you will face strong headwinds in every direction. Heading north or west you will run into almost any type of hill you wish to train on. Within 15 miles of the house, I can have a variety of training rides. A dream area for cyclist.
Yes they dotommyb
Apr 22, 2001 6:28 PM
Come on out to the coastal plains of South Carolina. Mile after mile after endless mile of perfectly flat tobacco and cotton fields. We actually go out of our way on rides to climb the 'hors categorie' expressway overpass. When a breakaway does form, you can see them up the road until the next county.

On the other hand, a few hours in the car and we're up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with some of the best climbing east of the Mississippi....
I was in your neck of the woods today...biknben
Apr 22, 2001 6:58 PM
66 mile ride that included Seven Lakes Drive and Bear MT. Did over 5,000 Ft of climbing. I feel your pain...literally
awesome!must_pedal_harder
Apr 23, 2001 12:38 PM
I usually never go farther then around CV, Greenwood Lake, or Goshen (being from Monroe)...

66 miles, awesome, my longest endurance rides are maybe 40-50 miles so you're definatly a better man then me.

If you ever see a 16 year old rocketship who likes to draft off cars going down 17m - then that's me!

BTW, some great running near Bear MT, though the little zoo, down by the water, across the bridge - I love it there.

-Drew
The only flats I ever see ...ACE
Apr 22, 2001 9:41 PM
is when all the air goes out of my tires!
re: Flats - do they really exist?Bike Fool
Apr 23, 2001 7:24 AM
Well, the guys around here complain that the only hills to ride on are two bridges and an old ammo bunker! Virginia Beach-Norfolk is F-L-A-T, flat! No complaints from me though.
65 miles of flat at the Chico Wildflower Century (they say...)Cory
Apr 23, 2001 7:56 AM
Along with the hilly Wildflower 100 (which I was going to ride if I got in shape, but...), there are two "Flatflowers," of 65 and 35 miles. Since I've managed to keep myself in week-after-Christmas physical condition this spring, I'm thinking about doing the 65. They promise no hills at all.
Take a trip to Houstonmike mcmahon
Apr 23, 2001 8:16 AM
Two years ago, I was in Houston for about 24 hours. The place was so flat that it gave me the willies. In southern California, I've always been able to get my bearings by looking for the mountains. Assuming I can see them through the smog, I know that I'm generally looking east. In Houston, on the other hand, I couln't find a single natural landmark that stood out: not even a bump. It looked like you could ride 100 miles in any direction without shifting or changing speed.
Take a trip to Houstonsimstress
Apr 23, 2001 9:33 AM
I did the Houston-Austin MS150 over the weekend. I don't think there was a hill until about 75 miles west of Houston!
I'd take that problemDaveG
Apr 23, 2001 8:44 AM
Here in southern NJ its mostly all flat (and boring). I have to toss my bike in the car and drive to find some hills to climb. Count yourself lucky.
re: Flats - do they really exist?Maui
Apr 23, 2001 6:40 PM
There are plenty of flats southwest of Cleveland. I was commuting home from work earlier today and had about 20 miles of flat ground. It was quite nice spinning in the low 20's with a tailwind.

The flats are nice, but every time I vacation on the west coast my friends put a hurt on me.
Flat land hereFL Rider
Apr 24, 2001 11:49 AM
Plenty of flat riding here in Florida, also plenty of wind. Though I'm on the coast where the seabreeze love to whip up most days. However, we do have hills in the central part of the state, I just haven't made it out there yet.

I think the change of terrain would be nice. Not so sure how good it would feel the next day:) Anyway hope you find a flat mile or two to ride...

david