A Great Ride
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As the president of Trek Bicycle, I’d like to share my stories about interesting people, places, and the bicycle with hope of inspiring you to find your great ride.


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I'm from Santa Barbara and have done a lot of cycling in the mountains behind S.B.--I usually head up towards Ojai.

This looks like a great ride. I'm going to put a link to this post on my "Santa Barbara California" webpage.

Thomas Guest

JB, thanks for the route details. Like you, I enjoy cycling up hills. I ride a standard road bike. You mention gradients of 15%. It seems to me that the gear ratios on an off-the-peg road bike are poorly suited to this sort of terrain. My bottom gear is 34x27. I can get up an extended 8, 9 or 10% slope on this, no trouble, but I'd struggle to ride far at 15%. By contrast, I almost never need my top gear (50x12).

We aren't all pro-riders. So why should we ride using pro gear ratios?

beachbody coaches

I'm meeting a long-time friend in California this summer and we are planning to bike together like kids. I'll go check you link out. And, I really hope I can take great pictures like these.

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