|I am not bulletproof; finally met a hill the onespeed...||onespeed|
Aug 18, 2003 5:43 AM
|Some friends of mine talked me into doing Bear Mountain on Saturday. I have done it before on my onespeed and decided to do it again. 107 miles with some monster climbs but 6-8% grades mostly and a few 10's. Like I said, I had done the ride before on the onespeed.
Well one of my friends had decided to switch up the route a bit and we took a different route. The name of the climb is Skyline Drive in NJ. It is close to a 3 mile climb at about 10-11% grade with the first part of the climb plateauing at the 1.5 mile mark.
I had no choice but to do it, so I attacked it. At .5 miles I was thinking that the curve up ahead better have a flat spot, at .7 miles I was thinking that I was going to have a hard time if the next curve didnt have a plateau I was in serious trouble. It kept going like that with every little green tenth of a mile marker that I passed until I got to the 1.3 mile marker. I just couldnt pull the pedals around again and had to get off my bike and walk it for the next 2 tenths of a mile. I was devastated.
I couldnt believe that a hill could stop me. I know I was on a track bike and my friends had gears-I still beat them up every hill-it was just the realization that I cant do every ride on the track bike. I sill logged 107 miles for the day, with 6000 feet of climbing which is not a bad tally for the day, but the 2 tenths of a mile I had to walk ruined my whole ride...or did it?
|re: I am not bulletproof; finally met a hill the onespeed...||twowheelMarc|
Aug 18, 2003 6:18 AM
|I know skyline drive, I haven't biked it but I have ridden my motorcycle up it, even on the motorcycle its a good idea to down shift before taking the hill, (of course thats so I can accelerate up it and go around the corners at very illegal speeds). One speed + Skyline Drive + Bear Mountain = 1 crazy man.|
|Sounds like you went up the Ringwood side...||biknben|
Aug 18, 2003 6:56 AM
|I know that climb well. I grew up in the valley nearby. When I was in my teens, that climb was only for the immortals. Now, I do it whenever I get a chance. :-)
I can't say I've ever done it in better than a 39x21. What gear were you running?
|skyline drive on your fixed...||velocity|
Aug 18, 2003 7:09 AM
|you think you're superman?!?
It's amazing that you do Bear Mountain on it and that you completed this particular ride -- other than the 2 tenths of a mile -- on your fixed. No way those two tenths take away from the rest of it.
|You gotta do the ride again, I bet you make the hill!!!!||bigrider|
Aug 18, 2003 9:10 AM
|That is why we ride my man. You talked me into doing a fixed 107 miler and I did it and wasn't sure what it was going to be like. You did that ride and weren't sure what it was like. Now you know and I bet if you did nothing different prior to riding the ride again the knowledge of the ride itself would get you the extra two tenths. You would mentally sandbag on a couple of hills prior to the nasty one and have enough to get over the top. Do it again. It is calling your name. Do it again.|
|without faith it is impossible ...||BergMann|
Aug 18, 2003 10:12 AM
|Dude, riding a fixie full time is not a pasttime, it is a religion!
I'm not a believer myself, but I can identify because it took me the better part of a decade after I stopped racing to put something bigger than a 12-21 on the road bike.
If riding the fixie stokes your ego more than walking deflates it, then you still come out ahead.