Revisiting Fall Colors: Kyoto Mountain Cycling Two Weeks Ago
Meeting Up in northern Kyoto -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Meeting Up
in northern Kyoto

Just a quick writeup with some pictures of a nice group ride that I did two weeks ago with some of the stronger riders from Cycling Kyoto!. I was by far the newest, weakest, slowest, least experienced among them, but they're a nice fun group so they made me feel welcome.

今回写真二週間前のサイクリングの事です。

A Serious Group -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Serious Group
Tomas fastest guy in the group ( tied with 20 other folks for nicest guy in the group ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tomas
fastest guy in the group
( tied with 20 other folks for nicest guy in the group )
Vincent wearing a ridiculously high-viz yellow jacket that totally overpowers the camera sensor (This is the same Vincent recently seen doing my bike fitting ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Vincent
wearing a ridiculously high-viz yellow jacket that totally overpowers the camera sensor
(This is the same Vincent recently seen doing my bike fitting)
taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph)
Joshua and Vincent power past an old house; taken while cycling at 12 kph (7 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Joshua and Vincent
power past an old house; taken while cycling at 12 kph (7 mph)
This Time With Autumn Colors -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Time With Autumn Colors
This Time Out of Focus so I did some “ artsy ” processing to see what I could recover from it -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Time Out of Focus
so I did some artsy processing to see what I could recover from it
Andy and Christoph taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Andy and Christoph
taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph)
The Gang's All Here taken while cycling at 39 kph (24 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Gang's All Here
taken while cycling at 39 kph (24 mph)
I Guess You Had To Be There it was really quite pretty in real life taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I Guess You Had To Be There
it was really quite pretty in real life
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
Tomas and Andy taken while cycling at 35 kph (22 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tomas and Andy
taken while cycling at 35 kph (22 mph)
I'm Not Sure What's Happening Here photo by Joshua Levine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I'm Not Sure What's Happening Here
photo by Joshua Levine
All Smiles -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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All Smiles
All Serious -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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All Serious
Gutsy Tomas trying Andy's Insanely Steep climb -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Gutsy
Tomas trying Andy's Insanely Steep climb

It was wet from a recent rain, so quite slippery. Discretion is the better part of valor, so Tomas aborted the attempt. I didn't even try. But as Rick H had suggested, I did measure the slope with the Compass Tool in my iPhone:

Not So Bad! only a 20% grade -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Not So Bad!
Oh Yes It Is So Bad!

UPDATE: I originally wrote that it looked much steeper than the 21% Nasty hill, but that it actually measured less, and postulated that the discrepancy came from perhaps the perspective of being able to stand to its side and view it edge on. However Keven points out that I mixed up 20 degrees (the angle measured) with 20 percent (how slopes are rated). It turns out that an angle of 20 degrees is the same as a slope of 36 percent, which indeed is much more difficult than the 21% slope I used as a reference. What a sloppy mistake on my part, and what a hill! The iPhone compass tool doesn't display slope percent. There are many apps out there that would, but I just made a simple web-based slope tool that'll get the job done next time I want to measure.

Colorful Christoph taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Colorful Christoph
taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph)
Less Color but more smile -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Less Color
but more smile
Three Muskateers Antti seems to have regained his former stature -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Three Muskateers
Antti seems to have regained his former stature
Friendly Chat -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Friendly Chat
Approaching the Top Hanase Pass (花背峠) -- Hanase Pass (花背峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Approaching the Top
Hanase Pass (花背峠)
Fake “ Game Face ” Competition -- Hanase Pass (花背峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fake Game Face Competition
Too Fast to Focus -- Hanase Pass (花背峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Too Fast to Focus

Vincent and I live in the same general part of the city, so after the 80km ride we headed home together. We stopped by Radio Bagel for hot coffee and tasty carbohydrates. Yum.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

A 20 degree slope is actually 36.4% grade. 🙂 That’s pretty steep!

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/slope-degrees-gradient-grade-d_1562.html

Oops, I mixed up percent and degree…. sooooooort of a big deal, so I’m glad you set me straight, thanks. But I wish I found out after I actually tried riding it. Now that I know it’s so much tougher than the 21% road, I probably psych myself out of the ability to do it. I built a little web-based tool to show percent slope that I’ll use next time. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kevin on December 5th, 2015 at 2:23pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Wow! This should have been really adventurous! Thanks a lot for sharing these pictures.

— comment by Richard on December 9th, 2015 at 7:50pm JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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