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Old 2002-12-09, 04:44 AM   #1
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Baldwin St revisited

I had another chance over the weekend to ride up Baldwin Street (the worlds steepest public street). The last time I was in Dunedin, during my graduation in May last year, I had only been riding about 6 months. I was able to ride up on my 20' uni then, but I had to hop up the steep bits, which I consider cheating somewhat. Anyway, I went down to Dunedin again for my second graduation (I collect degrees as a hobby) on Saturday. With an extra 18months uni experience I was determined to ride straight up Baldwin St (ie no hopping sideways). Again I used the same 20' with 127mm cranks, because my Muni didn't fit in my suitcase.

The first little surprise was how easy it was to ride up the bits I had trouble with and had to hop up last time. Unfortunately I stupidly fell off mid-way up on my first attempt. I tried again and fell off about 1/4 way up, because I was not looking where I was going. I wanted to ride up Baldwin St in one go without falling off, so I headed back down and started again. Up I went. Third time lucky, I cleared the steep bit half way up, then the steepest bit 3/4 way up, soon 5 metres, then 4 metres, then 3 metres from the top- but alas, I fumbled on the relatively flat bit near the top as my legs turned to jelly and I fell off 2.5 metres from the top. Doh! I didn't have the time or legs to do another attempt so I remounted again and rode the last bit to the top.

Anyway, to anyone who happens to pass by Dunedin, New Zealand, I would suggest attempting to ride up Baldwin street. It's not that hard. I blame my failure on three things:

Too much champagne that morning.
The cheap rubber-foam seat on my 20' uni. It flexed all over the place.
Too much champagne/ wine/ other fermented substances the night before

Ken

P/s I had lot's of fun afterwards hippity hopping around those flash new buildings/steps/ and other obstacles at the university
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Old 2002-12-09, 05:53 AM   #2
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Re: Baldwin St revisited

Sounds great. I will be sure to give it a try next time I am there. I know
how you feel making it NEARLY all the way, but not quite. Oh well, it leaves
something for next time.

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> I had another chance over the weekend to ride up Baldwin Street (the
> worlds steepest public street).
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> Anyway, to anyone who happens to pass by Dunedin, New Zealand, I would
> suggest attempting to ride up Baldwin street. It's not that hard. I
> blame my failure on three things:



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Old 2002-12-09, 06:46 AM   #3
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2.5 m short or not, it's an achievement worthy of hearty congratulations
go past begin, collect a marmite sandwich and a root beer

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Old 2002-12-09, 12:30 PM   #4
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When you get your next degree we want photos of you coasting down it. Get practising!

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Old 2002-12-09, 07:37 PM   #5
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Re: Baldwin St revisited

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I had another chance over the weekend to ride up Baldwin Street (the worlds steepest public street).
I enjoyed the pic's you posted from your previous trip. What grad is Baldwin?

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Old 2002-12-09, 11:08 PM   #6
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Re: Baldwin St revisited

On Sun, 8 Dec 2002 22:44:36 -0600, GizmoDuck
<GizmoDuck.fdnpz@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>I had another chance over the weekend to ride up Baldwin Street (the
>worlds steepest public street).

Could you inform us once more what grade Baldwin Street is (average /
maximum) and how long in along-street metres? Since New Zealand is at
a strange angle on the globe (I read the comments in other posts about
vegetation oriented towards the sun at high latitudes) please relate
to the local horizon :-)
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>If you can stop reading this sentence right now...

Yeah finally nailed it! A friend confirmed that the rest of the
sentence was about giving a million dollars as usual. How do you want
to arrange delivery?

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Old 2002-12-09, 11:34 PM   #7
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Re: Re: Baldwin St revisited

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>If you can stop reading this sentence right now...[/color]
Yeah finally nailed it! A friend confirmed that the rest of the
sentence was about giving a million dollars as usual. How do you want
to arrange delivery?

Ah, but that's a different sentence altogether now isn't it?

Anyway, getting back OT, the first 200 meters or so of Baldwin St is pretty flat then it rises in the last 150-200 meters or so. I think someone posted a picture in the following thread and said that the it had a 38% grade or something. It's in the Guiness book of records so if you have a copy you could check it out.

Baldwin Street

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Old 2002-12-10, 01:51 AM   #8
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Question marmite?

>>"collect a marmite sandwich and a root beer "

What the heck is marmite? I'm sorry that this is a tad off topic, but it's been killing me. I've been seeing all this marmite stuff in these forums and I would just like to know what it is. thank you to anyone who answers this, and if you know and you dont answer, i give you a hearty "screw you, too". So there.
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Old 2002-12-10, 02:21 AM   #9
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Marmite is an overly gross disgusting brown goo that they eat in the UK. I mean this crap could be on Fear Factor, its nasty.
So some people decided to eat it, just for fun

Now "pay it forward"
What the heck is the whole rootbeer joke?! I dont really get it. If you dont want to answer in this post then PM me.
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Old 2002-12-10, 04:09 AM   #10
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Marmite is this wicked aromatic (read: causes immediate tear duct activity) paste you spread on bread if you are desperately starving, or if you are from the remnants of the British Empire. I reminds me of some goat cheese I was offered in Corsica. They bury it underground for a few months. Just opening the jar nearly made me lose my lunch. Yecchh!
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Old 2002-12-10, 05:05 AM   #11
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What the heck is the whole rootbeer joke?! I dont really get it. If you dont want to answer in this post then PM me.
I'm glad you brought this important question up. It had been bothering me for quite some time. I had erroneously thought that the first reference was in a post responding to Klaas in which I suggested that we could "toast Beatrice with root beers all night long." Klaas is Dutch and Beatrice is her majesty, queen of het Nederlands. So I researched this crucial topic a bit further and found that the reply to Klaas was a couple of days later.

I believe the original reference to root beer was made in this thread here. I would recommend that you search the fora using "root beer" as the key to bring yourself up to date on this pressing issue.

Oh, my, I got caught with the "last editted" tag. I'm a slug.
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Old 2002-12-10, 01:57 PM   #12
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Marmite is a brand of bairing lubercant used by the Kiwi's for piece work they do for Profile in the States, and is responcible for the destinctive sound produced by Profile cranks. As I recall, Marmite is a super-caustic version of Vegimite, and it was the mistaken use of a Vegimite tanker to haul Marmite that caused the vesal to burst open and lay waste to what was once New Zealand's largest parking lot, now cristined 'Baldwin Street'.

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Old 2002-12-11, 01:08 AM   #13
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Re: Baldwin St revisited

On Mon, 9 Dec 2002 17:34:37 -0600, GizmoDuck
<GizmoDuck.ff41a@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Ah, but that's a different sentence altogether now isn't it?

No I'm sure it was the same!

>[Baldwin St] is in the Guiness book of records so if
>you have a copy you could check it out.

Not in my 1975 copy but you supplied the info already, thanks. My
Guinness book lists some outdated unicycle records, though.

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