Today's Ride

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I puked just reading it
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campgottagopee wrote
I puked just reading it
ha - I only had one almost puke moment when the gradient kicked up to about 16-17%.

This isn't a route I plan to attempt again when the temperatures are lower. Not enough fun factor to justify the pain factor.
MC2 5678F589 MC2 5678F589
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Never attempting this one again - it was a ride just to do the distance/elevation combo. There wasn't much redeeming about the ride!
In a couple of months, I bet you guys start talking about doing it again. You can't just quit on a challenge like that (especially with 4 guys egging each other on). Do it again in the fall when your legs are stronger and the weather is nicer.

Quick pic from my ride Sunday morning:
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MC2 5678F589 wrote
billyymc wrote
Never attempting this one again - it was a ride just to do the distance/elevation combo. There wasn't much redeeming about the ride!
In a couple of months, I bet you guys start talking about doing it again. You can't just quit on a challenge like that (especially with 4 guys egging each other on). Do it again in the fall when your legs are stronger and the weather is nicer.
Nah - I will never ever attempt that route again. It was just a poorly designed route with climbs that were too steep spaced too close together. Yesterday my buddy and I did 48 miles with about 4300 feet of climb and probably over half was dirt and gravel roads and we had gorgeous interesting scenery the whole way.

So I mapped out a 108 mile ride on similar terrain, with 10,000 feet of climbing. Going to try it when the weather is cooler in Sept. The biggest problem with the route is lack of places to fill water and get food. Goign to have to carry a lot, or even stash some things along the way - I"m sure we can find some good samaritans who will let us stash a cooler at their house or something like that.

Here's the planned route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30544126

Maybe I can pay my kid to drive SAG for us...haha.

PeeTex PeeTex
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I always like the Teddy Roosevelt ride, start at Tahawus, ride to North Creek, then the Blue Mtn Lake, Long Lake and the back to Tahawus. I have done it in a few years.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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Rode Mt Creek on Sat..95 deg , but riding a lift wasn't so bad...It was National MTB Day..Creek was giving out free 2hr private lessons.. Worked out the kinks on big drops and clearing table tops..
"Peace and Love"
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Went out for 69 miles and 5000 feet of elevation gain today, the majority of the actual climbing in the first 35 miles.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/37868804

Wasn't particularly fast - back was hurting and limiting my ability to really put down power, and the wind hindered the first half and seemed to disappear when I expected some help in the last part heading east.

Hit a new gravel climb that I wanted to check out - Jenksville Road in Newark Valley, NY - and it was killer. The ridewithgps stats show it maxing at 13% but my gps showed about 16% as I was climbing (the app smooths it based on distance). Plus it was a steady 8.5% on loose gravel, double track forest road...500 feet in a bit over a mile. Not terribly hard on tarmac, but it was a rough one on gravel.

And the descent was a bit sketchy. I should have put some wider tires on for the ride, or even run my pressure a bit lower (was on 28x700 wiht about 90psi). But I didn't, and here's what I got for it - a 1" hole in my Campy Zonda rear wheel!!



Noticed it when I was working on changing a bunch of shit about my bike fit that's been pissing me off this year. Time for a new wheelset and it's getting hard to find road wheels with traditional 130mm quick release. So I used that as an excuse to get a dedicated gravel frame that i'm going to build up

Fairdale Rockitship in kelly green - can't wait to get this thing on the road with some nice 700x40 tires

https://shop.fairdalebikes.com/collections/fairdale-frame-fork-kits/products/rockitship-gravel-frame-and-enve-fork-kit

The "road" bike I"m on now I picked up on Craiglist for $900 in 2009 (it's actually a cross bike - Tricross Comp) and I've put 24,000 miles one it in that time so I think it's time for a new whip! Once I get it build up I'll put some pics up. I"ll keep the Tricross with some skinny tires for regular paved road rides which I do fewer and fewer of - most of my road rides these days include at least some gravel and dirt.


ADmiKe ADmiKe
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Did you rent a bike there or ride your own?  If you rode your own, what kind of bike is it?

I've been wanting to make it up to creek for a while, never been.  Wondering if I should bring my bike there (Devinci Troy).

Also, been wanting to make it back up to Sterling Forest to ride the recently completed full loop - any regular group rides up there?
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Mike
hit me up when you want to ride sterling or the creek

I ride a 130 mm at the creek no issues..
"Peace and Love"
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The new whip...getting it out for a 62 mile loop near the Pepacton Res tomorrow. Can't wait!

I don't love the natural color bar wrap - thought it would like good but it's meh. WHen it comes time to replace I'll put some black wrap on there. Besides that happy with everything else.

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