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(BBC-US)   A tour of the steepest streets in England, where egg-rolling contests proliferate. "Pushing a double buggy up was a bit tricky for me but I've never been so fit in my life"   ( bbc.com) divider line
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2017-03-19 08:48:02 AM  
22% gradient? Hardknott Pass laughs at your feeble slope.

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2017-03-19 08:53:04 AM  
"Please check your brakes" #2 - cyclist version

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2017-03-19 08:59:18 AM  
Cornhole!
 
2017-03-19 09:00:04 AM  
Whoops, wrong thread.

Pardon me!
 
2017-03-19 09:45:33 AM  

Curate's Keg: 22% gradient? Hardknott Pass laughs at your feeble slope.

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TFA is measuring gradients in degrees. I'm not sure how that translates to the normal method of expressing gradients as either simple ratios or percentages.

The author most probably meant to use %, I guess? And, a percentage point is a kind of a degree... ?
 
2017-03-19 10:03:56 AM  

iron de havilland: The author most probably meant to use %, I guess? And, a percentage point is a kind of a degree... ?


Ah. Who knows what a journalist is doing when you arm them with numbers.

The percentage is usually the sine of the gradient. "1 in 3" or 33% is "1 metre ascent per 3 metres along the road" - or 19.5 degrees.

22 degrees - if accurate - would be 37%
 
2017-03-19 10:27:42 AM  
She didn't say pram? Suspicious.
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2017-03-19 10:37:19 AM  
Who wants to go on a climbing expedition?

Climbing The North Face Of The Uxbridge Road - Monty Python's Flying Circus
Youtube DaoYSiNDnI0
 
2017-03-19 10:40:57 AM  
Pittsburgh has the Dirty Dozen bike ride where masochists race the steepest hills in the city.
 
2017-03-19 10:45:48 AM  
I remember grinding up the streets of Portland during my roady days.
I remember having to stay in the saddle to keep my rear wheel from slipping on the damp/slimy roads of Germantown.
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2017-03-19 10:46:10 AM  
I think it's really cool to have such interesting landscape in the same city as The parliament building and Big Ben. London is so full of history, going back to Roman times. It's kinda amazing the hills haven't eroded away in the multi thousand years the city's been around.

So much history. Awesome.
 
2017-03-19 11:01:27 AM  

litespeed74: I remember grinding up the streets of Portland during my roady days.
I remember having to stay in the saddle to keep my rear wheel from slipping on the damp/slimy roads of Germantown.
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Do you still live in Portland and did you do the Ronde?  There's two, one for the west side and one for the east.
 
2017-03-19 11:04:42 AM  
Ya know, I had a rather substantial hill between my home and my school. Yeah, I had to walk three miles, uphill, both ways.
 
2017-03-19 11:08:30 AM  
Unless the sidewalks are stairways for entire blocks, I think SF gets to point and laugh.

I quite enjoy the moment of turning on to a particularly steep street and not being able too see *anything* in front of / under the hood. Just go - there's a road there. Probably.
 
2017-03-19 11:38:00 AM  

dbrunker: litespeed74: I remember grinding up the streets of Portland during my roady days.
I remember having to stay in the saddle to keep my rear wheel from slipping on the damp/slimy roads of Germantown.
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Do you still live in Portland and did you do the Ronde?  There's two, one for the west side and one for the east.


Only did the course with some friends. We did detour a bit but still painful. No longer in PDX.  I'm sure there are multiple 'secret' races here and there nowadays.  I used to climb mcnamee road back up to skyline. I lived in Bethany area.  Great road rides out the door.
 
2017-03-19 11:39:36 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Whoops, wrong thread.

Pardon me!


Yet oddly appropriate. Never fails.
 
2017-03-19 12:14:59 PM  
Thanks for free marketing survey for Midas brake repair shops
 
2017-03-19 12:19:41 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I think it's really cool to have such interesting landscape in the same city as The parliament building and Big Ben. London is so full of history, going back to Roman times. It's kinda amazing the hills haven't eroded away in the multi thousand years the city's been around.

So much history. Awesome.



In the off chance that this is not b8, a few of those hills were pretty well far from London.  Average American Guy indeed.
 
2017-03-19 12:41:22 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Marcus Aurelius: Whoops, wrong thread.

Pardon me!

Yet oddly appropriate. Never fails.


Yep.  "Pushing a double buggy up" sounds like something I've seen Bobbi Starr do.

/google that with the door closed and locked
//nasty, nasty girl
///more power to her
 
2017-03-19 12:49:16 PM  
The street in Lincoln is awesome. Lots of shops and places to visit and eat. At the top is the cathedral, castle, and lots of historical supporting buildings. I been up and down it a few dozen times in my life. At the bottom is the historical city centre. Lincoln is an awesome city.
 
2017-03-19 03:27:12 PM  

On-Farkin-On: Pittsburgh has the Dirty Dozen bike ride where masochists race the steepest hills in the city.


And that's not counting the paper streets that are just staircases now.  It's not unusual to see a street sign that references a staircase.

Hell, behind my house there's a street sign at the intersection of two such staircases.

/will probably call DVE to report an overturned beer truck there on April 1st.
 
2017-03-19 03:32:53 PM  

Goimir: On-Farkin-On: Pittsburgh has the Dirty Dozen bike ride where masochists race the steepest hills in the city.

And that's not counting the paper streets that are just staircases now.  It's not unusual to see a street sign that references a staircase.

Hell, behind my house there's a street sign at the intersection of two such staircases.

/will probably call DVE to report an overturned beer truck there on April 1st.


My understanding is that those staircases were considered streets from their creation because the workers used them to get down to the factories closer to the river.
 
2017-03-19 03:55:13 PM  

Curate's Keg: 22% gradient? Hardknott Pass laughs at your feeble slope.

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If you look at the picture closely, you can almost still hear a series of expletives then jubilation in one yawning instant...
 
2017-03-19 04:00:59 PM  

Lord Jubjub: Goimir: On-Farkin-On: Pittsburgh has the Dirty Dozen bike ride where masochists race the steepest hills in the city.

And that's not counting the paper streets that are just staircases now.  It's not unusual to see a street sign that references a staircase.

Hell, behind my house there's a street sign at the intersection of two such staircases.

/will probably call DVE to report an overturned beer truck there on April 1st.

My understanding is that those staircases were considered streets from their creation because the workers used them to get down to the factories closer to the river.


Some yes, some no.  The staircase from Troy Hill Road has no name that I can find, and has no evidence of pavement.  You can certainly see, however, evidence of improvement on Purse Way.

Some of the stairs in the hill district seem to be on the maps as full streets with a 25' right of way.  Looking at the sattelite, you can see where the vegitation changes along them and see that at one point, they were wider than just a staircase.  Davidson is a good example of that.

Others have a right of way that's 8', like a residential alley.  Wouldn't surprise me if those were never anything but steps, and some of the wider ones were in fact paved for at least a few years.
 
2017-03-19 07:24:37 PM  

Goimir: Lord Jubjub: Goimir: On-Farkin-On: Pittsburgh has the Dirty Dozen bike ride where masochists race the steepest hills in the city.

And that's not counting the paper streets that are just staircases now.  It's not unusual to see a street sign that references a staircase.

Hell, behind my house there's a street sign at the intersection of two such staircases.

/will probably call DVE to report an overturned beer truck there on April 1st.

My understanding is that those staircases were considered streets from their creation because the workers used them to get down to the factories closer to the river.

Some yes, some no.  The staircase from Troy Hill Road has no name that I can find, and has no evidence of pavement.  You can certainly see, however, evidence of improvement on Purse Way.

Some of the stairs in the hill district seem to be on the maps as full streets with a 25' right of way.  Looking at the sattelite, you can see where the vegitation changes along them and see that at one point, they were wider than just a staircase.  Davidson is a good example of that.

Others have a right of way that's 8', like a residential alley.  Wouldn't surprise me if those were never anything but steps, and some of the wider ones were in fact paved for at least a few years.


I'm just waiting for one of those self driving cars to take a wrong turn.
 
2017-03-20 06:17:07 AM  

SFSailor: Unless the sidewalks are stairways for entire blocks, I think SF gets to point and laugh.

I quite enjoy the moment of turning on to a particularly steep street and not being able too see *anything* in front of / under the hood. Just go - there's a road there. Probably.


Dalewood next to Mt. Davidson is like that, it is easily 50 houses long. There's a couple of houses at the bottom right at the curve. Every time I saw them as a kid (my friend lived at the bottom of the hill but after the curve) I thought about how many cars must have hit them over the years. Now I wonder if they are even sellable even at cut rate prices (for San Francisco anyway) because the insurance is probably insane.

I'd walk down the street but going up I took the long way back home. It took about the same amount of time (it was so steep that one step was about a foot or less worth of progress) but was much less steep.
 
2017-03-20 09:30:47 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I think it's really cool to have such interesting landscape in the same city as The parliament building and Big Ben. London is so full of history, going back to Roman times. It's kinda amazing the hills haven't eroded away in the multi thousand years the city's been around.

So much history. Awesome.


I've lived here 15 years now and my little face is still pressed up against the bus window whenever I'm in the centre of town... parliment... royal courts of justice... westminster abbey
 
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