today, I was a cyclist....
....or at least felt like one.
My ride today took me over a hill that I haven't tried to climb for a while, preferring recently to stay on flatter rides and build up mileage without hurting myself too badly.
Now I know I can do this climb (about 500 ft over 1 1/2 miles, which I know doesn't sound like much, but a) it usually ends up kicking my ***** and 2) I hit it dead cold without any warm up).
I can usually grunt over it with my lowest gears (26/34 or 26/32 depending on which bike I'm on at the time)
Today, the hill was MINE! Mine I tell ya! I managed to stay in a 36/34, or 36/30 all the way up! I kept on telling myself I was stronger than the hill (after all, all the the hill needs to do is sit there ) and made it to the top!
This is the first sight of maybe I can do the hills again, after being off the bike for I think about 7 years
Tonight, the quads are burning, but its a burn well earned, and I feel good about!
Great progress! Long hills like that can be quite a challenge.
Last edited by piper_chuck; 08-13-07 at 08:41 AM.
500 would kill me at the moment, but I live in the flat lands so it's to be expected. Nice job
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Originally Posted by AEO
Congrats on concurring that hill! I have a smaller 150 ft high X 1/2 mile hill nearby and I'll be happy when I can make it to the top. I get a little closer every week.
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Nice work! I have a whopping 16 feet in elevation change my entire ride.
Craig A. Lebowitz
Glad to know I'm not the only one using those low gears
(36/34 and 26/34). I have been trying to stay in the middle chainring as much as possible
I live on top of one of Worcesters (the local bike club is known as the Seven Hills Wheelmen...Worcester is "wicked" hilly) bigger hills so if I start from home my ride will always end with a hill.
you'll own that hill in no time
Its true, I have low gears, and I'm not afraid to use them (or when that fails me, hop off the bike and walk)
Originally Posted by lebowitz
Its just silly imho not to have a good range of gearing based on the terrain you ride, and what your fitness level is. Just because its a "road bike" doesn't mean you need to ride around with a 39/25 low gear! Not everyone is a racer that wants to ride a road (or any other style of) bike.