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Elgin, JC Higgins, J.C. Higgins, They're All Sears bikes, and all freaking awesome!!  I love that the Firestone bikes are all the same frames too... It's too bad there isn't more information out there about these bikes as they totally kick ass.  Yes, they're not quite as good quality as a Schwinn, but they're absolutely serviceable and personally I find they fit taller riders a bit better.  One really could ask why AREN'T these bikes ruling the world about now?!?

Bah! Rain!

by Bryn — last modified Oct 22, 2007 07:48 PM

Blargh... Not nice out this week. I'm really not feeling the rain right now...

I'm sure everyone noticed the weather last week!  Terrible!!!  Storm after storm, I really didn't feel like any, thanks...  Got out Monday afternoon last week, then nothing till last Saturday evening.  Had some fiiiiine runs those days though.  Last Friday was a total rainout - if you got outside about 2PM and stayed out till say, 5PM you probably had some of the nicest weather we've had in the last week, but I wasn't one of those people!  I've been watching the Weather Radar lots - it's pretty good about telling you the next 3 hours or so... If you look at the Satellite pics too, you can go a bit further than that but I can see why it's hard to tell what's going to happen around here!

Central Vancouver Topographical Map

Check this out... it's a topographical map of central Van I found on a government site somewhere (gotta find it again!!) 

The grey hatched squares are parks - lots of stopping spots! 

You can see the ridge that runs through the city on about 18th or so - you can basically roll from Kits all the way East without really having to climb much of anything.  Lots of fun, especially since most people go downhill towards False Creek to go home - anywhere you are on the ridge it's downhill to there.

Towards the bottom left you can see "Kensington-Cedar Cottage" - to the left of that is the cemetery, just drawn in as an outline.  it's totally worth it to go right to the top corner by Memorial South Park - you've already climbed pretty much the whole way there, just ride another 10 minutes and you get a lot more cemetery to roll on through.  It's all downhill through there, paved, lots to see too.  You don't really have to worry about anything - no cars, you're not going to wake anybody up either!

"Shaughnessy" is the home of "The Crescent", the small (oval!) shaped park... Riding around in here is great too - again no cars (the houses are so big - there's only 5 of them on a block and nobody home anyways so there really can only be so much traffic!)  You can actually get up there really nicely from Kits by riding up Valley Drive towads Prince of Wales secondary - that's right by Quilchena Park on the map there.  Quilchena Park has frisbee golf!! Then you just have to get up a little bit of a hill and you're pretty much there.  The park is basically perfect - you get to the top end of the park, stop for a bit and you're set to finish it off.

I like riding along that nicer looking area from Oakridge towards Memorial South Park too - you can dip down into the 50's or so along there even and still not have a nasty climb back over the top.  Great area too - views of Richmond, lots of trees, pretty nice place to roll...  One nice way to get to the top of Burnaby is to roll that way past Memorial South park and then just keep heading up - it more or less plateaus around there....

Next to chase down will be the South slope - it's all pretty steep no matter where you go, I'm really waiting on the Canada line for that!!

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