Speeding downhill

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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:33 pm

high_tea wrote: Coot-tha isn't that long or steep.


+1, the goat track from Mt Tamborine down to Canungra, now that's a scary descent, and that is one where i would be worried, but Coot-tha is no worry at all. I've only ridden it during the Coot-tha challenge rides, the first time it was dry and i didn't know the limit was 50 so i hit about 87 down past the botanic gardens, the second time it was wet and i kept it to 40-50 all the way.

I ride old steel bikes with single pivot or centrepull brakes a lot and never have an issue keeping things under control with those. If you are concerned about your tyres blowing out from heat, pull over and stop to let them cool down for a bit. Doesn't take as long as crashing, going to hospital and sitting at home recovering for days or weeks.
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby AKO » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:51 pm

il padrone wrote:Truckies avoid long steep hills. The risks are too great.
That's not the case at all. The drivers select low range, use a low gear and used compression or exhaust braking to control their speed. They will only use the service brakes if absolutely necessary to avoid burning them out. While they don't enjoy descending steep hills they still do it. They're kind of the exact opposite to us if you like. While we prefer to descend they prefer to climb.
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby il padrone » Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:04 pm

AKO wrote:
il padrone wrote:Truckies avoid long steep hills. The risks are too great.
That's not the case at all. The drivers select low range, use a low gear and used compression or exhaust braking to control their speed.

Yes, realised this was the case after I posted that. Meh, everything else still applies
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby outnabike » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:25 am

A report from the UK. Very sad. Just shows the care needed on steep hills.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/others ... crash.html
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby g-boaf » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:40 am

outnabike wrote:A report from the UK. Very sad. Just shows the care needed on steep hills.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/others ... crash.html


I think this just goes to show the risks that are involved, especially if you are in the situation of that rider. He died doing what he loved. It's still sad.

I think a quote from Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen) is order:

When you´re racing, it's life, anything that happens before or after is just waiting.

It's a controlled risk. Accidents can happen, no matter how much care you take.
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:03 pm

AKO wrote: They're kind of the exact opposite to us if you like. While we prefer to descend they prefer to climb.


Not all of us, i much prefer climbing.
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby VRE » Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:17 pm

ldrcycles wrote:
AKO wrote: They're kind of the exact opposite to us if you like. While we prefer to descend they prefer to climb.


Not all of us, i much prefer climbing.

Same here.
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby AKO » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:17 pm

OK then. Opposite to me :lol: .
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Re: Speeding downhill

Postby dontazame » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:31 am

The Mt Cooth-tha back climb is the most popular Strava segment in the country.
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