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El Jeffe's Avatar Picture El Jeffe – August 10, 2015 04:12AM Reply Quote

El Jeffe – August 10, 2015 04:13AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

ddt – August 10, 2015 10:27AM Reply Quote
Very cool! I promise I will not abuse and spam this thread.... and those are good links, and I've seen discussion about similar in some US cities. Though here in SF, the city tried to remove the stop signs at intersections along a stretch of a urban bike route, replacing them with roundabouts, and drivers refused to understand right of way, complained... and now there are roundabouts PLUS stop signs.

And, bike porn: http://bicycledesign.net


johnny k – August 10, 2015 03:57PM Reply Quote
Cool design site. Wish there was something as nice for other industries, say, appliances.

Good timing. Just got a real bike for my birthday (the only way I'd get one) so I won't be bike-commuting just out of self-hate. Too hot to ride it, though.

This has four wheels, but two of them are casters and it's still about personal transportation, so: http://www.core77.com/posts/39781/Unbelievably-Portable-Personal-Transportation-Device-from-Japan

ddt – August 12, 2015 11:39AM Reply Quote
Got to ride along for a little bit of this, though on the day after documented here. Craig's super nice, and has an amazingly positive attitude. His mom flew out from Boston and was soooo wicked awesome Boston about it: "Hey, you're gonna take forever to eat that scone -- get back out there. And I love ya!"

The Strava link (hi, Tom!) is http://www.strava.com/activities/365791484


El Jeffe – August 12, 2015 05:49PM Reply Quote
What a journey.

tomierna (Admin) – August 12, 2015 09:20PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
ddt, some of your Strava stats make me jelly.

ddt – August 12, 2015 10:15PM Reply Quote
A couple of those days made my legs jelly, too. Or stone. One or the other.

Have you seen these things we have out here in CA? They're called HILLS. The ground goes up and everything! It's like a freeway overpass, but for ages.

(I kid Florida.)


porruka (Admin) – August 12, 2015 10:37PM Reply Quote
Failure is pre-greatness.
Have you seen these things we have out here in CA? They're called HILLS.

Unless you're talking Markleeville ... You're cute. ;-)

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El Jeffe – August 13, 2015 04:38AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Florida's high spot is like 200 ft above sea level, iirc.
Indiana is flat, but not flat like that. :)

I personally need "ALL DOWNHILL" slopes.

Wobs – August 13, 2015 11:33AM Reply Quote
Delaware's Highest Elevation is 63'. Dover AFB is 28'.

For a "Killer" Ride, in more ways than one, The Mt. Washington (NH)
Road Had an Annual Bike Race. Come to mind, a Run too. What it
lacks in elevation, 5,288' (?), it MORE Than makes up for in grade!
And "The Ride" (Ha! Controlled Plummet is More Like It!) Down Is
More Harrowing Than The Grind Up! I climbed, and almost died on,
that Mountain More Times Than I Can Keep Track of.

Pinkham Notch Camp & The Mt. Washington Hotel seem like old friends.

ddt – August 13, 2015 11:40AM Reply Quote
Oh yeah, friends have done the Mt. Washington Hill Climb! Tyler Hamiltion (knew him in Mass, then in Colorado) won it -- but who knows what he was on at the time. If anything.

It's a brutal race, I hear. Wiiiiiind.

I've done the Mt. Evans Hill Climb, which starts in Idaho Springs and goes above 14,000'. Amazing things to see, if you can still see. I got caught in a sleet/hail storm at one point. (Not to mention the Coors Light team had a launch train for the first dozen miles, blowing their riders up like Saturn V stages). If you get to do the ride, carry warm layers to put on at some point -- and there's a book to sign at the top! Highest non-contiguous road in North America. Not super-steep.


El Jeffe – September 27, 2015 07:02AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

ddt – September 27, 2015 10:13AM Reply Quote
Thaaaaaanks for that. NSFR (not safe for riding).

In BETTER news: pic560831702_670.jpg

Meg is a NorCal local and I've ridden and mentored with her -- she's really nice! Sadder news what that Shelly Olds, whom I've ridden and raced against on the track, was crashed out by another rider. She also got 7th at the London Olympics road race, after being in the four-woman break for ages but didn't get a wheel change when she had a flat. That was so crushingly bad luck.


El Jeffe – September 27, 2015 12:42PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
did not mean to make you cringe.
saw that and could not believe it.

ddt – October 02, 2015 02:22PM Reply Quote
Watched some of the UCI World Championships that were held in Richmond VA this year. Stupidly, I watched one race right before bed and my sympathetic nervous system wouldn't let me sleep!

That was some good racing, for a course that didn't have any Alps or other mountains in it.


ddt – November 24, 2015 12:42PM Reply Quote
I kind of hate that first Wired piece. It's not an honest evaluation of whether this fix would preclude more deep, costly, radical changes, and without that, the implication that "sure, this will be better, but not PERRRRFECT' is bullshit. As someone who used to commute that very route, I can say that even that change would make things safer and more pleasant -- there was a serious bike injury from a car just last week that this could have prevented. So, he can suck it. Good is not the enemy of the perfect.

That's the same kind of stance that people who say "If my perfect socialist candidate isn't nominated, I might as well vote Republican/not vote" pull. And then they wring their hands at the destruction that ensues and say, "don't blame me, I didn't get what I wanted".


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El Jeffe – December 17, 2015 05:25AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

ddt – December 17, 2015 02:46PM Reply Quote
No, but I wish I had that headline about me!

The last two mornings' training rides saw temps of 34F and 35F in the canyons. No ice on the roads, at least.


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