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Liggettology: what exactly is a "false flat"?(6 posts)

Liggettology: what exactly is a "false flat"?funknuggets
Apr 3, 2003 7:35 AM
In many of the Worldwide videos, and in a lot of race coverages, you can hear Phil say, "And the riders are on a bit of a false flat here." What exactly does that mean? Does it mean that it just looks flat from the angle on the television, or does it mean that there is only a small incline, say 1-4% or is it a part of a climb that is less severe, say they are climbing a grade of 12%, then it drops to 4 or 5%, then angles back up?

Thanks in advance.
Chris
sheldonDougSloan
Apr 3, 2003 7:38 AM
False flat: A section of road that looks level, but is actually slightly uphill.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_e-f.html#falseflat
doug, you sure are fast, even on false flats! ;-) (nm)velocity
Apr 3, 2003 7:45 AM
That means every flat I'm on is a false flat :-) (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 3, 2003 8:03 AM
easy to figure on a fixed gearDougSloan
Apr 3, 2003 8:06 AM
There are some areas around here that I swear are flat, but when I'm on the fixed gear, I can definitely tell are climbs (especially on an out and back). You get so used to the effort and cadence needed for a certain speed that you can almost instantly tell.

Doug
That's when you ride up behind your buddy...Ken of Fresno
Apr 3, 2003 7:53 AM
and make a loud "PSSSSSSS" sound and quickly tap your hand over your mouth. ;)

Warning: This is not recommended at speed or when riding in groups, as this may cause you to quickly lose friends or worse.