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TonkaToys
07-06-2010, 11:04 AM
I quite enjoy a bit of cycling - going out tonight on an 8 mile bike ride with 6 pub stops on the way. :cheers:

I'm doing a Hitchin to Brighton bicycle ride in September for charity, which is near enough 100 miles and has a tough looking (for me) climb at the end! 700ft in 1.5 miles; a grade 9.8 climb whatever that means! :-ss

I normally cycle about 15 miles at most.

Any advice welcomed!


***edit: not feeling so bad now, just checked out the Tour De France and on an easy section of mountain they are doing a grade... 70 climb! @-)

TrojanTeacher
07-06-2010, 12:28 PM
Grading system for cycling can be very subjective. A grade 70 climb could mean that they are on a steep hill for 70 miles, 70 meters, 70 cm, 70 feet...etc. All I know is that it is a hill. Haha!

johnboy
07-06-2010, 12:31 PM
Grading system for cycling can be very subjective. A grade 70 climb could mean that they are on a steep hill for 70 miles, 70 meters, 70 cm, 70 feet...etc. All I know is that it is a hill. Haha!

I'd like to see someone struggle to get up a 70cm hill.

TonkaToys
07-07-2010, 04:16 AM
I was struggling to get up a 70 cm hill last night after 7 pints, a lasagne with chips and a 16 mile bike ride... Not sure how my 8 mile ride ended up being 16 miles.

johnboy
07-07-2010, 05:29 AM
If I've worked out that gradient right for you its actually 8.8% Its the vertical gain ft / horizontal distance ft. If you need any more help try this link (http://www.bikeforums.net/)

woodbutcher
09-10-2011, 10:23 PM
I'm a ustacould on a bike. Did triatholons and such as a kid and I still have a road bike but I just ride on a roller every now and then cause there's a lot of a-holes to deal with on the roads out here. Still ride some 'BMX' but I had to pretty much put it away when the family came, it's extremely difficult to be a carpenter with busted bones. We just don't heal like we did as kids, lol. My youngest boy really enjoys riding and wants to hit my ramps, but I told him he's gotta be able to bunnyhop first.
One of me 'in the day'
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff388/carbombkid/scan0004.jpg

TonkaToys
09-12-2011, 08:33 AM
Whoa! That looks pretty high. I'm just waiting for my 7 year old to come back with broken bones - he saw the UK TV Channel 4 Concrete Circus programme and now keeps trying these things on his scooter or heavy mountain bike!

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woodbutcher
09-12-2011, 08:52 AM
Wicked video, thanks!!! I had buddies that were gifted with that kinda balance, it's an art on wheels. I had to stick to the go big or go home philosophy. The crane cable at about 2:50 blew my mind.

BirdDawg
11-04-2011, 03:13 AM
Cool video. I have been watching Macaskill ride for years on Youtube, and he is amazing at what he does. I don't ride trials like him, but I used to race locally on single track mountain bike

Major Stains
08-15-2013, 07:58 PM
Any cyclists? Don't try this at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZmJtYaUTa0&sns=em

TonkaToys
08-30-2013, 09:25 AM
The closest I get to doing any of that is when my (now returned) new bike folded itself in half in the middle of London traffic.

Major Stains
05-14-2014, 05:30 PM
Bike rack anyone?
Freak, I'm looking at you!

http://www.mtb-downhill.net/she-does-it-right/