News & General Discussion 1st General Meeting of 2015view 2015-02-19 Great guest speaker last night! We need an occasional motivational speaker who can inspire motivation and create a "Driven" attitude! Well worth the effort to come out.­ Makes this club special and looking forward to the next meeting.­
Oh and the $25 gift cards weren't bad either.­
Good job Board! :D
News & General Discussion Lost bike rack keys foundview 2015-02-01 On today's yellow ride return I found a pair of bike rack keys in the road at the intersection of Cannon and Serrano.­ Probably a long shot they belong to one of our members but contact me if they are yours!
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.­
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