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Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:10 pm

Took our new 2012 up nearby Mount Diablo to give it a good workout. Performed quite admirably. The regen in Eco mode gave good control for modulating speed on the way up. And on the way down got about 2 bars back into the pack.

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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:14 am

That's a nice little mountain climb. Beautiful! I have fond memories of bicycling to the top of Diablo about 20 years ago, during a summer spent in the Bay Area. How many bars of charge did you use?
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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:06 am

You've inspired me to drive up there tomorrow. I remember that if it's clear enough you can see Half Dome.
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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:35 am

abasile wrote:That's a nice little mountain climb. Beautiful! I have fond memories of bicycling to the top of Diablo about 20 years ago, during a summer spent in the Bay Area. How many bars of charge did you use?
Started the climb from north gate road with 8 bars, By the top that had dropped to 3 bars and a guessometer range of 14 miles. At the end of the descent it had just popped into the 6th bar with a guessometer range of 60.

Literally hundreds of cyclists taking on the mountain. I've got to get over there this Spring too. But I prefer a quiet weekday. I like to minimize the number of people that get to watch me suffer :) Much more pleasant with light traffic on that road for bikes, especially on the descent.
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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:00 am

Nubo wrote:Started the climb from north gate road with 8 bars, By the top that had dropped to 3 bars and a guessometer range of 14 miles. At the end of the descent it had just popped into the 6th bar with a guessometer range of 60.
That's some good regen! It undoubtedly helped that you were not able to drive fast on that twisty descent. I typically get less regen than that on a longer descent down CA-330 (5000 feet), partly because of the higher speeds, and partly because of starting the descent with a higher state of charge (7 or 8 bars).
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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:14 am

Nubo wrote:Started the climb from north gate road with 8 bars, By the top that had dropped to 3 bars and a guessometer range of 14 miles. At the end of the descent it had just popped into the 6th bar with a guessometer range of 60.
What is the total driving distance from the north gate to the summit and back?
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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:48 pm

linkim wrote:
Nubo wrote:Started the climb from north gate road with 8 bars, By the top that had dropped to 3 bars and a guessometer range of 14 miles. At the end of the descent it had just popped into the 6th bar with a guessometer range of 60.
What is the total driving distance from the north gate to the summit and back?

Just shy of 11 miles from the gate to the summit, elevation from about 330 to 3800 ft.

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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:53 pm

abasile wrote:
Nubo wrote:Started the climb from north gate road with 8 bars, By the top that had dropped to 3 bars and a guessometer range of 14 miles. At the end of the descent it had just popped into the 6th bar with a guessometer range of 60.
That's some good regen! It undoubtedly helped that you were not able to drive fast on that twisty descent. I typically get less regen than that on a longer descent down CA-330 (5000 feet), partly because of the higher speeds, and partly because of starting the descent with a higher state of charge (7 or 8 bars).
It was a lot of traffic, and rarely above mid-20's on the speed; often less. Was consciously trying to anticipate and modulate the brake to get max regen without flipping to friction; not sure if that helped but it was fun though a bit of work. On the way up the regen made things super-easy.
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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:03 pm

Nubo wrote:
abasile wrote:That's a nice little mountain climb. Beautiful! I have fond memories of bicycling to the top of Diablo about 20 years ago, during a summer spent in the Bay Area.
Literally hundreds of cyclists taking on the mountain. I've got to get over there this Spring too. But I prefer a quiet weekday. I like to minimize the number of people that get to watch me suffer :) Much more pleasant with light traffic on that road for bikes, especially on the descent.
Back before many of you were born ('64 or '65) my wife and I climbed that mountain on our bikes. We both had 3-speed Sturmey-Archer hub gears. She did OK, because her bike had rim brakes, but I had an old style with the brake in the hub. (You pedaled backwards to apply it.) Don't ever try to come down Mt. Diablo with a hub brake! The graphite separating the brake disks literally melted out, leaving the brakes nearly useless. That was the most frightening event in my entire life.

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Re: Mount Diablo run (large pics)

Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:36 pm

planet4ever wrote:Back before many of you were born ('64 or '65) my wife and I climbed that mountain on our bikes. We both had 3-speed Sturmey-Archer hub gears. She did OK, because her bike had rim brakes, but I had an old style with the brake in the hub. (You pedaled backwards to apply it.) Don't ever try to come down Mt. Diablo with a hub brake! The graphite separating the brake disks literally melted out, leaving the brakes nearly useless. That was the most frightening event in my entire life.
That you both did the climb on an old-school three-speed is impressive. I can imagine that the gear ratios were not ideal. Thank God that you survived the descent!
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