News & General Discussion Are any of the ride routes available to download?view 2014-12-22 Not sure if anyone has routes in tcx, gpx, or gps files but I"m looking at the medium route for this Saturday and even looking at it on a map I'm still pretty lost as I'm a fairly new rider and have never ridden most of the roads on my bike or the paths.­
Just throwing it out there to see if anyone has put the route into one of the major gps sites for download or not.­
Thanks in advance.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-12-22 Randy, thanks for the tips, but I picked up a new to me tarmac SL3 with a lot lower gearing and was able to get through the entire Santiago canyon loop by downshifting and just going 5mph after several additional tries.­ The first time I tried to downshift into a really low gear I got half way then practically fell over onto the curb and puked my lunch up.­ I figured I was spinning too much.­ After about 5 min of gasping for air I realized I needed to re-think it.­
The next few times I geared up 1 and went between spinning and mashing and didn't make it even after stopping a few times.­ Then I learned how to gear up a few gears and stand and push forward and then gear down to spin and that seems to work the best.­ I did have to take a few stops for about 5 min after the big hills, but I did finish eventually.­
According to the strava report the hills portion of the ride was 17 miles and 1500' of elevation.­ Some spots shows the grade going as high as 8.­7.­ All in all the entire route was 34 miles with a little over 2200' of elevation.­
Now I'm gonna try and do the 2 cannon hills next!
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-12-10
Another hill you can try is Orchard Hills on Culver and Portola.­ It's a lower grade hill and fairly safe.­ It's a good place to do repeats.­
Coco is right, Orchard Hills from Culver is about 3 to 4% Coming in from Portola near the fire station it goes from 4 to 5%.­
Another great hill repeat workout that I do is Portola from Portola Springs up to the Toll Road intersection where it dead ends.­ This is a steady 5-6% with a bit of 7 towards the top.­ It gains about 250 feet in about a mile.­ Go back and do it again.­ Three repeats is a good place to start.­ Don't worry about your speed.­ Find a cadence and gear that will allow you to do the hill 3x.­
Remember, climbing doesn't get any easier with exercise and practice.­.­.­you just get faster.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-08-26 Something else you can try is working on your cardio.­ Do you have gym membership? 24 hour fitness has some good classes you could take to help you with that.­ Another thing is to work on breathing and staying relaxed.­ It's very important to remember to breathe especially when you're about to blow up.­
Another hill you can try is Orchard Hills on Culver and Portola.­ It's a lower grade hill and fairly safe.­ It's a good place to do repeats.­ If you want something a little more of a challenge, you can go to the end of Portola to where the toll road is (241? 261?).­ It's a pretty steady climb and it's over a mile long and also good for repeats.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-08-26 Ok thanks for all the tips.­ I don't know much about bikes just yet and I'm pretty bad when it comes to mechanical things so I basically just ride what came with the bike.­ I did find it was a lot easier once I found the correct gearing.­
I ride an older Specialized Roubaix Comp and the front gears say 53/39 130mm BCD.­ I don't know what the back gears are, but the wheels I got are Fulcrum Racing 7 with an SRAM cassette.­
I actually ride Irvine blvd from Jamborree to Bake and then from Bake to Murilands and Murilands to El Toro park often.­ The first time I rode that route I had to stop 3 times, then twice, and then not at all.­ I essentially cut the ride down from 1 hour 45 min to about 1 hour 15 min.­
I guess I'm doing ok, but just need to put more time in the saddle.­ Hopefully I can get out and do a Saturday or Sunday ride with everyone once I'm not such a wuss.­.­
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