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Found a new hilll (and got humbled)
Last Post 07/22/2020 01:35 PM by 79 pmooney. 12 Replies.
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79pmooney

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07/14/2020 02:27 PM
Well, not the first time I've been up[ it but first in a while and maybe third time.  McCormick Hill Road.  Dips into a sweet low meadow, brook and farms.  Rural Oregon long ago.  Then it hits the hill.  Don't even think about sequencing your shifts.  Very quickly it will be so steep you won't want to.  Climbs from what? 200' above sea level to probably 1350'.  There are breaks.  No level, no downhill.  Maybe 2miles to the top.  Narrow pavement.  Actual pavement but texture like better chip seal.

The climb is beautiful wooded country, some fields, good shade over most of it.  Only in a few places can you see very far up the road, never as far as a half mile.

I tested out the good bike and its new Q-factor on it Sunday.  Bike passed nicely,  Rider made it to the top and then over and up a little more to Bald Peak State Park (located at the peak.  Turnaround is maybe 50' down.  I'd have to look but about 1600.

Got home with a bike that thought it was just a nice jaunt.  A hammered rider got off it.  And this with the new gearing - 50-38-24 X 13-28.  I've never been this low before.

Actually the FD of th ebike is still a work in progress.  A Shimano 9-speed FD, a longer Phil BB set further to the right and a 40 mil (ex shelf bracket) steel plate inside the outer cage makes ofr very quick, positive shifting but the chain rubs almost all the time (but the really low gears work perfect!)

In the works, a 34.9 - 31.8 reducer that is offset completely to the tight side.  I'll see if I can find a 9-speed braze-on and use a 34.9 adopter.   (The reducer is being made extra long to hide the paint scrapes of , oh say, 8 different FDs and who knows how many FD changes.)

Now I am going to go out and get humbled by that hill again.  But that 28 is going to see more use and sooner.  24 X 28.  23".  Never thought I was going to be going there!

Ben
79pmooney

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07/14/2020 08:48 PM
Did the ride again today. Went for the easy gears sooner. Noted start and finish elevations. 270 and 1390. 2.35 miles. Using the soon to be obsoleted technology (mathematics), I get 9.1% average. I saw a 10.1% but steeper than that and I am far forward out of the saddlle and I have to use my 2nd brain and its eyes to read the computer.

Felt better, but man! Nothing in my legs coming home!

Oh, forgot above but one of the joys of this climb - the traffic. Maybe 5 cars and a cement truck today. Truck was working harder than me so I got off and let it pass. He was looking for and address and we crossed later as he came down and exchanged waves. Sunday had maybe 3 cars. Ride to is also pleasant. There is more climbing unless I want to descend it. An easy 110' today. Sunday, the much harder climbs to the Park and mountain top. The mountain rewards you with a choice of very fast descents. Today' s easy version has the 4 mile, too gentle to be fast, roll but one with a great view of the county and Tualitin Valley.

We'll see how I feel but for now, a nice roll on the fix gear over the gentle country I was seeing on the descent today sounds just right. Thursday.
smokey52

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07/14/2020 09:24 PM
quite the adventure!
Orange Crush

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07/15/2020 05:11 PM
Ben on a geared bike - who would have thought.

Ben with a bike computer - who would have thought.

The mathematical calculations were verified and confirmed but were overly complicated for lack of use of metric units. No wonder math is becoming obsolete.

I had an interesting hill encounter too last weekend. After spending an inordinate amount of time getting comfortable with railway grade, climbing at a consistent 2% over 50 kms (a marvel of engineering if you consider the terrain we were traversing) we were suddenly faced with the absence of the railway right of way due to the Coquihalla Highway sitting on top of it. After some route finding and the fording of the Coldwater River with shouldered bikes we found ourselves on what turned out to be a natural gas pipeline right of way. Beautifully cleared but the contrast with railway grade could not have been bigger. The last 10 k we went straight up and down each remaining hill, Streets of San Francisco style. A retrospective analysis indicated that we had indeed found one of the recommended bypass routes to connect the trail.
79pmooney

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07/15/2020 06:28 PM
OC the only reason I have that GPS was that aborted attempt to ride gravel last summer.
Dale

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07/16/2020 01:21 PM
Note to self: 1) Get in better shape. 2) Wait for the border to open. 3) Get to BC and hire OC as a guide
79pmooney

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07/16/2020 01:25 PM
Dale, I should have used OC last summer. I would have fared a lot better! Have you two met? He's a good guy to hang with.

Ben
Orange Crush

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07/16/2020 02:33 PM
Dale. Forget about 1) I am not in particularly good shape, just stubborn and don’t mind very long days. 2) you guys are a hot mess that border (boarder) better stay closed. 3) beer aside my services are free so if and when it will be a pleasure.

It’s been an interesting year and certainly boundaries and understanding of what is “normal” are being reset with every new ride. Saturday again. I must say it is becoming mentally sapping (more so than physically) and Friday was hard to recover from. Only today am I starting to feel ready for next one.
Cosmic Kid

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07/16/2020 02:42 PM
2) Wait for the border to open. 3) Get to BC and hire OC as a guide


3) beer aside my services are free so if and when it will be a pleasure.


I'm sensing a post-COVID VN road trip....just sayin.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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07/16/2020 03:04 PM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 07/16/2020 01:25 PM
Dale, I should have used OC last summer. I would have fared a lot better! Have you two met? He's a good guy to hang with.

Ben


I don’t know Ben. I recall crashing as much as you did on Stage 1. The only difference is I have yet to involve my head in any crash and concussions are something that have never happened. Fingers crossed. I did end up breaking a frame tho. And likewise it was a pleasure.
Orange Crush

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07/16/2020 03:08 PM
CK - bring it on.

If it happens I’d recommend a Clinton, Fraser Canyon trip. That has been the most scenic to date and the gravel riding is suitable for any skill level (epic mud that will eat your bike alive notwithstanding). Plus there’s a proper local guide, the Tutti Gravel Inn “gravel is the new gold”.
Orange Crush

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07/16/2020 07:25 PM
Btw on that “gravel is new gold” the Cariboo area where Clinton is was our Gold Rush area (gold mining still happening). Just as with Covid now the Royal Canadian Mounties had to keep you American fortune seekers (many came up from California) in check and behaving and sometimes we had to boot you back across the then still contested border.
79pmooney

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07/22/2020 01:35 PM
I tried to do the hill again Sunday but it was warm and I knew 2/3s of the way I was going to pay big for not having electrolytes.

(Funny story - I love Vitalyte; the stuff that's been around unchanged - except the name; 5 times? - for 50 years. Used to come in 40 WB tubs, now self-sealing packages. I like the tubs so I still use them. Well, apparently the fruit flies found the last crumbs and laid eggs there. I was down to an inch to go on the next batch and started seeing dead fruit flies at the bottom of my bottles when I got home! Where did they come from? They certainly weren't in the powder 4 hours ago! A lesson in the life cycle of those little buggers. They live fast! Egg (or tiny larvae) to adult in hours.)

So, knowing that, I tossed the rest and have been electrolyte free. Ordered more but it arrives today(?) Sunday, hot, hard and just water - if I rode to the top, the payback wouldn't be pretty. Turned around. Added a couple of easy miles but generally didn't feel good about the "wasted' ride. Last evening, still electrolyte free, I took Jessica out for a nominally flat ride. Put on the 16. 43-16, biggest gear I've used in a while. Out and back, more or less upwind going out, and favorable coming home. I knew I had to be kind to my body. I've got a hernia staring and will be "meshed" when it's COVID safe and a pulled something in my back. I felt good. Strong enough that I could do the big gear pull smoothly. The uphill stretches had my wind up a lot.

Got home not "spent" but feeling like my whole body really did something! Very much an aspirin before bed night. Slept well but need both a hot shower and real stretching to function today.

I am far from "there"; still a week and a half from that "ahhh!" ride 3 weeks into a routine but last night was a small breakthrough. And a reminder why I love riding fix gear so much and that Jessica is such a dream ride for this guy. (Fix gear - so much more of a whole body workout than geared rides. And Jessica, the full on, perfect fitting racing bike for that fictonal world where freewheels and gears were never invented. Now, when she gets sew-ups, and she will, then she's all there!)

The thing I live for - the ride.

Ben
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