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6/19/12 11:31 A

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I'm plenty comfortable staying in the 30's, but thanks for the article. One thing I'd already learned was to relax my death grip on the handlebars.

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6/17/12 8:54 P

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Thanks, Don. I've gone over 50 many times, but never over 55. I'd love to do so, but don't live near the mountains. We do have some steep hills near where I live but they're not long enough to hit those kinds of speeds.

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6/16/12 7:57 P

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emoticon 73?!? dude. I've hit mid-40s w/ knobbies & a riser bar on pavement. That was...unwise. Death wobble is distinctly unfun.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,997
6/15/12 9:27 P

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I'm a long, long way from Hawaii, both geographically and monetarily...perhaps someday...! :-)

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6/15/12 4:03 P

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Don, go to Hawaii! 6 days 450 miles of either going up or down. Into a 30 mph wind or with a 30 mph wind. That descent starts where the Old Pali Hwy runs into new Pali hwy.

Old Pali hwy is a long climb from Punch Bowl crater, then it turns into the new Pali Hwy, through tunnel and fly, you have to time one stop light.



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6/15/12 12:10 P

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73 mph and a TUNNEL?!? OMG...BARRONVC...! Could not BEGIN to imagine!

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6/15/12 12:01 P

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73 mph for me, 2 lane coming though a tunnel! It was darker, then bright, you should have seen me crap myself. Got to pinch your knees into the top tube. If you come up on the bars you will really slow down.

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6/15/12 11:13 A

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I've hit 50+ mph on some long, steep descents where the road condition was terrific and I felt safe in cutting loose...woo hoo!

Don

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6/15/12 11:09 A

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Thanks! I've been slowly getting more comfortable with descents. I ride a paved trail that is uphill for miles so downhill on the way back. I used to ride the brakes and my hands would cramp and my husband would make fun of me LOL. Now I don't hold the brakes and I pedal but I still don't like to go really fast. I have to share the trail with people walking etc. though. I see other cyclists blazing down but I don't feel comfortable doing that. I think I'll feel differently when I hit some roads though.

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6/15/12 8:20 A

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Often we read about improving our CLIMBING skills, but how about ripping down from heights that border on the terrifying...? ME, go down THAT?!?!

"6 Keys to Mastering Descents

Few things in cycling are as blissful as a long, winding descent, but if you want to maximize speed, you need to do more than kick back to admire the scenery. Downhill scorcher and former national criterium champion Antonio Cruz shares his advice on finding the mix of speed, stability, and maneuverability that results in the fastest safe way down.

These six tips will have you flying down hills with confidence."

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Enjoy the FULL rewards of those mammoth hills we can climb!

Don

ps...missed this one: How to Bike Ride In the HEAT! :

www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition
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"Just Cool It: Riding When It's Hot
Refreshing rides, cooling gear, and other smart strategies to prevent summer cycling meltdowns."

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