Went out for a ride in the countryside today - aiming to climb one or two hills. Over the 21miles, I climbed 1693 feet - proberbly nothing special - but it really took it out of me. One of the climbs was a mile long - I managed to get to the top, and was pleased I didn't stop - although the thought did pop into my head.
I currently tip the scales at 266lbs and am 6'4'' tall. I was on my hybrid, with rack and pannier - this weighs 32lbs. So what I'd like to know is - will it ever get easier?
I'm seriously considering buying a road bike - something like a Specialized Roubaix - will I notice the difference whilst climbing? I did use the equivalent lowest gear (on the hybrid) that the Roubaix has with a compact fitted, and found I could just about deal with it.