You can, I've done it a couple times but I wouldn't do it fixed. it's a good size hill so you could either super gear down and swap gears at the top before the descent or find another way there. and you would need brakes for sure.
I know you can go south and get to santa cruz and it's pretty flat but I don't know the route
yeah, a roadie is the way to go!
highway 9 is a decent hill, but it's not too hard. pace yourself and plan on 45-1hour from bottom to top and like an hour of descending, seriously it's almost all down hill into santa cruz
Let me know when you do this, I might join you up the hill and help if I can. or if you want to start practicing hills I'd love to help get you started
IMO, it's easier than Sierra. Highway 9 is longer than Sierra, but the grades are steadier and not as steep. I forgot what the elevation gain is, but highway 9 is seven miles of climbing, but without much of a shoulder in parts.
HA! sierra can be brutal, though there are much worse out there... I can show you a few if you like.
it's not as bad as sierra, you can put it in your easy gear and spin up it for an hour. not like sierra where you actually have to stand up and really mash on your gears to make it up. you should try going to the top next time you climb it, even if it kills you, it'll be good for you!
I know I should have tried to get to the top but I was really looking forward to coming down...I topped out at 48mph down the straight away right where you stat to climb the hill. < my face when I was coming down.