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I am not bulletproof; finally met a hill the onespeed...(6 posts)

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.