I am keen to give Bellbird Hill a try. The biggest rear sprocket I have is 25, it's got a 52/39 on the front.
Am I going to get up it with those or will I be needing a 28 on the rear or a compact front? I was thinking a 28 would be a nice cop out gear!
For those that have given it a go, what gears are you using?
While you're at it, do the nearby Bowen Mountain
I've ridden them a few times with 39 on the front and 28 on the back. Depends on your riding style, if you're more of a grinder or a spinner. I err towards higher cadence, and I don't think I'd get up the hills too well with 25 on the front. But I've got mates that do hills like that with 25, so you might be fine.
I'm gonna get a compact crank sometime for these kind of hills.
I live not too far from there so I was going to do both of them, although one at a time first!
This is another steep one I've tried http://app.strava.com/segments/802454
I did that with the 25 but that is a lot shorter although a bit steeper in points at a bit over 24%. I am thinking with the length of Bellbird I would need the 28 as cop out/resting gear rather than stopping.
I didn't do it this morning, I went for a ride with my wife and dad instead. I just went for a drive over to Bowen Mountain, I think I will do that one first. It will be less traffic and a bit safer.
Thursday morning I'm going to do Bowen Mountain on the 25 cassette, that should give me an idea whether I'm ready to have a crack at Bellbird Hill or need to go to a 28 cassette.
I first did Bowen with a low gear of 34x25 and was OK till that really steep bit through the houses, about 600m from the top. I struggled and almost had to stop but just kept it going.
I did it again a few weeks back (stronger, fitter and lighter, with a better bike) with a 39x25 and was fine.
Bellbird Hill looks like fun, but it's an 18 wheeler raceway, so no weaving around, and even turning around might be tricky too. Do it when traffic is light, Sunday morning maybe, or early on Anzac Day possibly. Do Bowen and other steep stuff first so you get a good feel for how hard you can push, before you take on Bellbird.
First attempt at Bowen Mountain http://app.strava.com/activities/50049081
Got off work early so I raced home and jumped on the bike. I'm pretty happy my first go at it and I've only been riding for a month. It felt like I was riding into a 20k head wind the whole way there, I was fairly buggered before I even got to Bowen Mountain!
I was on the 25 basically all the way up. I think with the 28 I would ride up on the 24 then change to the 28 for a rest. I ended up stopping twice, at Grandview pl for a bit over minute the again at the next intersection for about 30 seconds. Although, a few more attempts at it and I think I wouldn't need the 28, I am going to just stick with the 25 and man up!
I'll keep on trying Bowen Mountain, when I can get up it without even thinking about stopping with the 25 I'll give Bellbird Hill a go.
The descent was fun, 7th overall on that!
Downhill is the fun bit tim.. =)
nice work mate
I haven't been to bowen in a while, but every time i do get out there, its granny gear all the way.
that right hander about 600 to the top is an absolute b1tch.
Make sure you can get up there without stopping before you even think about upping the gears. You will be surprised how much tougher it is. Also you are better off holding about 80RPM on the 28 then 60 or so on the 24 (or 25)
I'm not surprised! Even a 39x28 at 80 rpm would have you travelling at 14 km/h. Maintain that and the strava KOM would be yours. The reality is, low rpm is unavoidable up such steep climbs, 50s and 60s, almost whatever gear you are using. Lower gears will always be easier and more efficient, but you just aren't likely to be able to get the rhythm required to hold a normal cadence up such a climb.
Nice! Top 10.
I'm going to go tomorrow morning. I'm want to do Mill Rd, Crooked Lane/Slopes Rd and Bowen Mountain from the bottom at North Richmond and Tennyson Rd. Just need to work it into some sort of loop.
Anyone keen to come?
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