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Old December 2nd 18, 02:33 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8:49:43 PM UTC-5, Frank Krygowski wrote:

For me, it depends on the ride. If I'm just doing a normal recreational
day ride, I'm fine with attacking a hill, i.e. going hard to get up it.
But if I'm doing an unusually long ride or doing a multi-day ride, my
priority is to make it easy on myself. I downshift at the first
indication of increased effort.

- Frank Krygowski

I used to ride with a friend a lot before I moved away from that city. He used to downshift to his lowest gear at the start of every steep hill. I'd wait for him at the top.

Hereabouts I often see bicyclists walking up a hill. When I ask them if they had a breakdown or flat they reply that the hill is too steep for them to ride. I look at their bicycle and 99% of the time the bike is in the highest gear or at least on the big chainring of a triple. I usually tell them how to use the gears simply = big ring for downhill and tailwinds, middle gear for the flats and the small ring for the hills. BTW, those riders are usually on BSOs.

Old December 2nd 18, 03:16 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:10:02 -0800, jbeattie wrote:

Wasn't Warm Showers part of the Steele Dossier? Totally OT, but I was
riding across southern Illinois and stopped somewhere near Carbondale at
a KOA or some camp-dump that was where we ran out of gas and figured we
would stop. The next morning, we ride maybe two or three miles east,
through a pleasant neighborhood and there is a Grant Wood-esque husband
and wife running a mini-hostel/shower facility for cyclists. He was on
the front lawn when we rode by and corralled us into stopping for a
sweet roll -- or part of one. As I recall, it was the sort of fare you
got in the parish hall after Sunday service. Nice cozy home where we
could have stayed instead of some miserable urban camp site.
Pre-internet, I can only wonder how they informed riders of their
operation. They weren't in our used Bikecentennial tour book.

As I vaguely remeber, "the warm showers" concept(name?) started about the
time BikeCentennial under is original name spring up. It was a printed
list that you could get a copy of by being on the list. We had a similar
list in Australia that followed that model. The Australian version passed
before the internet started due to the cost of printing and sending

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