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The most cycling pain I have known!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by betty swollocks, 27 Mar 2008.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I used to ride 72" fixed all the time and once a year took the bike up Streatley Hill, just to prove to myself that it was there and that I could still do it.
    Then the bike broke and a break of several years from the above ensued.......until this morning that is, when I took my new fixie (42x16) up.

    'what's the worst that can happen (apart from intense lactate burn, blurred vision and extreme nausea... ahem...)?'.........yeah and the rest!
  2. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Maybe I should have put that in the Cafe?
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Hehehe! I rode up Stock Hill in Biggin Hill the other day, I was most chuffed with myself for making it all the way.
  4. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Please keep all extreme nausea ot of the Cafe, ta!
  5. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I think I've done that one too. not 100% sure.
  6. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    The Timetrial site recommends a 39x21 and let's see, you used a 42x16.

    Right: This might account for the pain then. You made it though didn't you?

    What's the average gradient on that then and how long is it?
  7. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I did make it...but only just! I'm pretty sure the time trialers do it quicker;)
    I suppose it averages 1 in 6 over the best part of a mile. There's a sting in the tail though, where it gets just that little bit steeper near the top.
  8. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Oooh! :smile: I wouldn't have made that on a 42x16. I'd have struggled on a 39x21. I just make it to the top of a short 1:5 on a 42x25/23. I am truly crap at climbing, s'why I struggle so much around here. Hats off, good effort.
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    I do the evil that is Cudham Hill (In bromley), a horrible 25%er at least once a week. Some days it's easy, some days it bites back..
  10. Stig-OT-Dump

    Stig-OT-Dump Über Member

    I nearly threw up on the way in yesterday, and on the way home, but managed to get max heart rate for this year (on the bike). Does that mean I can join in?
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Good effort BS, no doubt you're feeling good about it now and pleased you overcame the pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    There is worse pain to be had than hill climbing, and that's intervals. I presume they're fairly similar on a bike, though I've only really done speedskating intervals.

    The breathless agony in your thighs and butt can be exquisite, and lead you to throwing up by the end of a set. 500m x 10 x 3min rest inbetween each, less than 5 minutes of actual skating. Who'd think that short distance could be so painful!!!
  13. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I have a pair of inline skates, which I have not used for many years.
    Perhaps I should dust them off. I'd love to have a go at speed skating.