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Old 11-24-2011, 06:40 AM   #4321
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I think I've ridden enough Alpine passes to know what a switchback connected to the next rides like. Or maybe living in a small village in the middle of the Swiss Alps for three years just didn't give me a good feel for the roads there.

But you are right - I should have known better than to get sucked into the discussion. Hijack ended.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:49 AM   #4322
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:59 AM   #4323
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Stelvio pic is stunning - and I'd love to ride it one day.

That section seems like a dozen drag races bookended by tight radius 180's. Doesn't appear to be fantastic riding to these eyes.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:05 AM   #4324
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US129 was much more fun to ride when the speed limit was higher (wasn't it 55mph thru the 90's?) Now, it's just a parade most days.

I liked Stelvio much better that US129.

While that looks like fun, especially because of the scenery, it doesn't seem to have the same variety that Deals Gap does. I'm sure it's fun when you've got the whole thing to yourself, just like the Gap is.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:15 AM   #4325
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I think I've ridden enough Alpine passes to know what a switchback connected to the next rides like. Or maybe living in a small village in the middle of the Swiss Alps for three years just didn't give me a good feel for the roads there.

But you are right - I should have known better than to get sucked into the discussion. Hijack ended.
my point being.... hard to make a statement / pass an opinion on something you admit never having done... it does make you seem a bit silly wouldn't you agree?
and yes, most alpine passes are pretty much the same (or similar at least) they are all (in my opinion) tons more fun than Deals Gap
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:43 AM   #4326
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I think I've ridden enough Alpine passes to know what a switchback connected to the next rides like. Or maybe living in a small village in the middle of the Swiss Alps for three years just didn't give me a good feel for the roads there.
Maybe it's only special if it's different from what you have close to home .
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:45 AM   #4327
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just to play devils advocate..... brakes are much harder to modulate on a bicycle...... just saying

Cable brakes are. Good hydraulic disc brakes are fabulous in this regard.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:50 AM   #4328
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Maybe it's only special if it's different from what you have close to home .

We have a winner.

So.. Unless you have some good pics of folks wadding it up in a snowbank.....

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Old 11-24-2011, 09:33 AM   #4329
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it's not a snowbank, but it might revive the tire discussion:

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Old 11-24-2011, 12:42 PM   #4330
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it's not a snowbank, but it might revive the tire discussion:

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Old 11-24-2011, 01:07 PM   #4331
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:13 PM   #4332
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just to play devils advocate..... brakes are much harder to modulate on a bicycle...... just saying
Cable brakes are. Good hydraulic disc brakes are fabulous in this regard.
Modern cable brakes are light switches. Old Campy, Modolo, Superbe Pro have great modulation. A lot of control has been lost because the Japanese thought we cyclists wanted to stop, when we really only wanted to slow down.
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:15 PM   #4333
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Oh yeah, there's another 30-odd switchbacks and many miles of great roads making up the whole of Stelvio Pass but not seen in that photo.

More photos and videos of Stelvio Pass here
Ya, the whole other side of the mountain!
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #4334
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it's not a snowbank, but it might revive the tire discussion:

Those tires would work well on my lawn tractor - but not on a motorcycle
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:09 PM   #4335
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Those tires would work well on my lawn tractor - but not on a motorcycle
Probably wouldn't work that well on the tractor either.
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