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    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!

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    Great progress! Long hills like that can be quite a challenge.
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    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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    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.
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    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

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    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.

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    you'll own that hill in no time

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    Quote Originally Posted by lebowitz View Post
    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
    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)

    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.

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