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Choose a new route to ride - see what I've found!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Today, I thought to spice up a little bit my daily exercise, and decided to try a route I didn't choose before. It's a more hilly one, although it goes in total 220m up, and the same down, but not in once, but up and down, and up and down, keeping me entertained all along.

This is not a problem to the roadbike comrades with 30 gears, but as I have only 8 gears on my Shimano nexus, these hills are a bit of a challenge, what I lack in gear, I had to substitute with stamina... :-) Before, I had to get off for these uphills, but somehow, since we do all these bike tours, and especially since last week in the Italian Alps, I have much more power to go up hills.

Looks like almost the elephant inside the BOA snake in the Petit Prince...

One of the bicycle books I'm reading says that once bikers get pass the first big mountain tour, they get addicted, and just want to do the altitudes... I'm far from that, at least with my gear ratio it's quite out of quesiton to climb up to 2-3000 m, but anyway, it's good that these hills are passable now.

If you want to have a look, here's my workout route on the map in Endomondo:

I even reached my all time high, 58 km/h on a long descent! Probably I will need to upgrade my brakes to disc brakes, as on these long descents in Austria the rims heat up, and my tires also heat up, and I don't want to finish a descent with a blown up tire.

In one of the curves, I found a group of animals, silently eating...

Do you bike in the hills?
How is your experience?
How often do you take a new path?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLAIREINPARIS 9/24/2013 3:16PM

    It looks like deers! Such a beautiful place to be out and riding a bike (or hiking!)... Good for you for making your exercising more challenging!

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SWEDE_SU 9/22/2013 8:43AM

    beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing! our bikes have gathered dust in the garage for years, partly because we each saw "close calls" in which the other was almost hit by a car, and partly because we never trained our border collie to run while we biked and our outdoor time has to be for him. but we walk a lot in areas like where you bike!

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INGMARIE 9/22/2013 8:35AM

    Lovely trip ,thanks for sharing,
I have a bike ,do not use it much ,I live in the city and there is no bike lanes safe enough. emoticon
I do however Run. emoticon

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    Lovely trip! What bike computer do you use?

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 9/15/2013 12:01AM


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    Looks like a nice find for your ride!

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/14/2013 10:20AM

    I don't ride, because seats hurt my butt, but I do walk the mountains and love it!

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MEXGAL1 9/14/2013 9:40AM

    I don't bike where we live in Mexico as there are too many cobblestones. I do hike up and down the cobblestones streets of the mountain we live on. Good exercise.
Nice photos. I like trying new routes.
Have a terrific day.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/14/2013 9:00AM

    Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing. We have a little cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains and when we can get there I love to walk in the mountains - the ups and downs give me a good challenge and I never know what I will see around the curve (deer, wild turkeys, etc.) but the only bike I ride is a stationary one.

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NANFITGRAN 9/14/2013 8:27AM

    Thanks for the inspiring blog. I love the photos. It's good to hear that maybe enjoyment of this exercise will develop if I stick with it. I'm signed up for a cystic fibrosis cycling fundraiser. I'm a VERY novice biker, and this will be a real challenge for me. I find riding alone is perhaps a bit discouraging. I'm hoping that riding with 2 dear friends may "ease my pain" a bit. Keep on cycling, and YES! Get the disc brakes! Be safe!

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LYNNIERN 9/14/2013 8:10AM

    Great blog..thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and the hill story. I totally get what you mean about the hills. I'm a bike riding tortoise...if you passed me on the road you'd zoom by me. I mostly trail ride on walking/biking trails near my house; some incline, not many hills.

A couple of weeks ago we did a ride and a lots of folks passed me by...well until we got to the hills. There was nothing better than being able to ride up all the hills when those other people who passed me on the flats were off the bike walking up the hills. Yep, the hills are a thrill, going down and up!

Yikes, 58K...get those disc brakes!!


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ALDEBARANIAN 9/13/2013 7:41PM

    Well, wow.

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ZELLAZM 9/13/2013 6:19PM

    Took my first bike ride in Germany for YEARS today - funny that you posted this blog just a little later! There are rolling hills all around here and I look forward to navigating them on the bike with my 7 gears!

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KRISZTA11 9/13/2013 4:08PM

    Looks wonderful!
I don't bike much at all, because we live on a hill and it takes a lot to get down and up...
But it was a huge non-scale victory to me when a year ago I biked all the way up - before that I had to push the bike most of the way.
I can imagine getting used to it - must be similar to runner's high.
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