So, in order to keep my rims cool enough to use while riding down hill, i've been practicing quick braking for the last 3 or so weeks, and have become confident in my ability to control my bike while moving quickly, and would like to test my braking capabilities. Is there a website or program, such as Google Earth or Google maps that will show me hills in my area? I live in sierra Vista, arizona, by the way, in case anyone happens to live here and knows a good place.

Edit:sad hill the largest hill in the area

  • What leads you to believe that rim heating is a problem for you that requires practice to prevent? – jqning Dec 1 '15 at 13:58
  • @jqning I've had the rim heat up enough to raise the pressure in the tire considerably. Plus, it's also just quick braking practice – Hellreaver Dec 1 '15 at 14:01
  • Out of curiosity, how did you measure the increased tire pressure? And how much was the pressure increase? Which tire was it? Or was it both? – jqning Dec 1 '15 at 14:07
  • @jqning I was keeping my weight on the back wheel, mainly using the rear brake to reserve the front for a planned stop. It started to squeak and then i reached back and touched the rim, which was hot to the touch. I took it easy for the rest of the ride, but when I stopped, I felt the tire and it felt harder than the 120psi that I inflated it to. When measured with my portable pump, it read somewhere between 140 and 145, although I have to admit I barely use the pump because of how inaccurate it can be – Hellreaver Dec 1 '15 at 14:33
  • Maybe you took your bike out of a cold basement and took it for a ride in a significantly higher temperature outside, and was that temperature increase the cause of your higher pressure? – stijn Dec 1 '15 at 15:52

Whenever I go somewhere new on my bike, I like to check Strava's Global Heatmap.

You can easily see the routes that are most common and if you drag the little yellow fella down onto a road you can see what the road is like too.

This is most useful for finding nice roads that a lot of people ride, for major climbs, look for a segment marked HC in the regular way on Strava, but you need to be logged in for that.

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  • PS. Doesn't Sierra Vista mean something like Mountain View? – alex Dec 1 '15 at 8:50
  • 'to view the mountain' is the implied translation, and is pretty apt, because Sierra Vista itself is not very hilly. – Hellreaver Dec 1 '15 at 8:52
  • Yeah, I've been looking around on the map, plenty over the border though. – alex Dec 1 '15 at 8:53
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    Mt Lemmon looks pretty good, get a bus to Tucson? Or ride it if you're game. – alex Dec 1 '15 at 8:57
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    @alex Wow, that is an awesome site! Thanks for sharing it. I'm moving to a new neighborhood in a couple months, so it's nice to see where people are riding. – Mike Harris Dec 23 '15 at 18:43

Is this a trick question? Your map shows Car Canyon Road heading out to the botton-right. That's 8 miles /12 km long and rises 2500 feet or 800 metres.

And there are 9 hairpin bends, just to keep you alert.

Here's a strava route https://www.strava.com/routes/3724007

Here's a segment, showing 39 people have done it already, with a best time of 44 minutes and the slowest was 2 1/2 hours. https://www.strava.com/segments/1618815

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    This segment suggests it ain't paved. strava.com/segments/6868676 – alex Dec 1 '15 at 13:15
  • I suggested, downright stated, that I don't know of any programs to find routes or hills. – Hellreaver Dec 1 '15 at 14:39
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    pah, call that a hill? – PeteH Dec 1 '15 at 15:13
  • @peteH Tthe point was OP asked about programs to find hills nearby. I used google maps and strava to see a non-flat area really close to the area in the screenshot. IE if you were standing on the blue line, you couldn't miss a 2500 foot hill 12 miles away. – Criggie Dec 1 '15 at 20:03
  • @alex Fair call - paved wasn't a requirement of the original question though. – Criggie Dec 1 '15 at 20:03

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