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My first Road Ride!!!(5 posts)

My first Road Ride!!!retbchboy
Aug 22, 2003 8:49 AM
Where: Western North Carolina (mountains)
Me: I'm 50 6'4" and weigh 238 down from 250 2 months ago and on my way to 190. I stopped smoking the end of April and started MTB in May. I have been going out to Pisgah 3 to 5 times a week since May. I wanted to start Road riding to help my endurance and with the weight loss. I put on a pair of sliks on my MTB yesterday and went out on the Road today.

My Stats:
Time out: 68 min.
Ped Time: 64 min.
High Speed: 32.8
Avg Speed: 14.3
Distance: 15.44
Alt Gained: 814 (there are NO flats here!)
Avg HR: 135

Lifers, any help on the stats will be appreciated. Remember if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

Observations:

My first thought was of Granny on Beverly Hillbillies "Road Kill".
It sure is easier climbing hills with pavement and sliks
Drivers, at least around here, seem to be a lot more courteous than I was afraid of.
53 foot, 18 wheel Trucks are BIG!
I didn't know that road was an incline!
I didn't know they had a dog!
There are NO flats here!
Some of these roads around here need paving
I sure do live in a beautiful place!!!
Congrats!! The specs look fine...Marketing Dept
Aug 22, 2003 9:20 AM
I grew up in Waynesville, are you near there? I am now in Winston.

Anyway, my opinion, you live in road bike heaven as far as I am concerned. You could not live long enough to ride every mountain road and trail. The first thing I would do is get a cross bike. You times will get a bit better right away, better position, get some 28-32 cross (semi smooth) tires and go at it!

Some years ago I had a short cut from Edwards road, sneak past the watershed and in an hour, come out on the park way. Turn left, ride to Bethel, turn lright come out near the BIG CROSS.

Keep at it, stay off the roads with those 18 wheelers.

Don't think of them as dogs, rather interval trainers.

Who needs flat roads anyway. As far as the paving goes, a CX bike will never notice.
Congrats!! The specs look fine...retbchboy
Aug 22, 2003 9:34 AM
I live in Arden and work in Fletcher.
I rode mostly around Cane Creek Valley (yes it's the Cane Creek)
To get there I had to go on Mills Gap road and that's where the 18-wheelers were.
You are absolutely correct this is Bike Heaven!!!!
Great location...Marketing Dept
Aug 22, 2003 11:07 AM
You need to hook up with an LBS there in Fletcher or Asheville. That area seems to be a growing bike area, perhaps the Denver of the East, Mills Creek, Cane Creed and Tsali just up the road.

A bit further is Brevard, also a growing bike mecca. It figures, I move away and then things start exploding up there.

Seriously, take my advice on the cross bike. With the Cross tires you can tackle fire roads and tame single track, put some 23mm slicks on it and you can hang with the roadies.

Stick with 48, possibly 50 teeth on the front big ring and maybe 26 on the rear. That should get you up any road that doesn't require 4X4's to climb.

I am jealous. Too many mountains, not enough time.
The Big Number Here...Gregory Taylor
Aug 22, 2003 9:41 AM
The big number here is the "Grin Factor". Forget the over-the-road stats for now...are you enjoying it? Does it make you smile? Sounds like you had a nice ride.