I would hate having to pedal down the hill more than pedaling up it.
You pedal down hills? You're mad!
Geritol is a PED...
Is it the hill in New West? Or one of those terrible hills in Burnaby? Or on the north shore? Ughso many hillsssss
I'm a member of a walking group and the old ladies are the fastest! Gibbly me, I'm generally at the back with the moms and their baby buggies as they try to soak up as much adult human contact as they can.. :D
Oxford St in White Rock? :D
That was my first thought too! My Mom has a scar above her right eye from an amusing childhood event involving her best friend's bike and that hill.
One day in January, I took my mom to visit her old school chum out in White Rock at the top of that street. There wasn't any snow in Richmond when I picked her up. I'd only been driving a couple of years at that point. By the time I could see how steep it was, it was already too late to get back up to the top. We went down with the right hand tires in the snow at the side of the road. Everything else was glistening hard pack. We made it ok.
Oh yeah I remember my dad told me how people back in the 60s riding single gear bikes for kilometers/miles on unpaved/dirt road for work/school/any other activities. Those people are as tough as steel.
Meanwhile hipsters can only ride their single gear bikes on a paved road.
The first few Tour de France's were on fixies only. After 5 or 6 years, freewheels were allowed. After another several, a derailleur.
Those badasses raced thousands of kilometers over the Alps and Pyranees.
On an unrelated topic, I want a single-speed bike.
Oh man that's badass! Crossing Alps and Pyranees with fixies? I think Tour de France need to create a special class challenge for that.
Also I want a single speed bike too. Screw hipsters, those bikes are built tough and not just for show. Especially the one made years ago.
I believe they'd change the rear cog (maybe also front?) when they got to the start of a big climb. Big wingnuts instead of quick releases. But, still, fixies and no support! Had to carry their own spares (bandolier style), etc.
I have two major hills that I have to cross on my commute to and from school. I once had a homeless guy pass me on the hill. I almost cried.
I've one hill on my commute to the way through my home to work. import management software
Make way for grannies on fixies, son! They been rocking that hill since before you got off your training wheels!