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Old 04-16-08, 08:58 PM   #1
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I love hills!

It's the burning in my legs and lungs that I hate! :-P


No, but seriously. I love hill climbs. There is something amazing about the sense of accomplishment that comes with making your way to the top of this hill, that hill, etc. . .

Anyone else right there with me?
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Old 04-16-08, 09:03 PM   #2
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I have a love/hate relationship with hills. I hate climbing them, but love the feeling at the top, and especially love the ride down at high speed.
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Old 04-16-08, 11:37 PM   #3
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I hate them so much I can't even enjoy the ride back down >:|

All I think at the top is "Oh god where is the next hill?!"
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I love climbing them and I love cresting them. I don't like steep, technical, or windy descents though. It's rollers that I can't stand. Yuck.
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hills have a defined top that u can see... wind gusts dont. so i hate them more
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Yes, there is a big hill on the way to work and it feels fantastic when i finally get over and start pedalling easier. Still don't look forward to doig it though
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I keep trying to have a positive attitude when I see a hill in front of me, looking at it as an opportunity for an unplanned interval training, a test of my resolve, even an opportunity to demonstrate my improved fitness from my last ride. But without fail, about the time things start to burn and hurt, I just wish it was over. Now down the other side, however, is a completely different story!
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The hills are where you gain a lot of fitness.
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The lighter I get the less hills have an impact. I really don't even pay attention now unless they are big and then they are so much easier than they used to be that they don't bother me too much.
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Yes, there is a big hill on the way to work and it feels fantastic when i finally get over and start pedalling easier. Still don't look forward to doing it though
Ditto that!
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+1 on that. mentally too
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Hills are fine when I'm riding solo, since I can go at my own pace. Hills, even small ones, on group rides can be somewhat embarrassing for me, because I tend to get dropped on every climb.

That said, hills will help me lose the weight I need to get better at climbing them. So we have a somewhat symbiotic relationship.
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Mostly hate the ones with stop sign (or light) and the bottom (either side). This seems to include most of the hills in my area.
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If I hated hills I would never ride. Where I live is nestled right in a huge batch of rolling hills.

What is this "flat" riding I hear some of you people speak of?
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I had that epiphany last week on my first long ride of the year. I was climbing this long hill and just as I was cresting it I could see the hill I was on and the road rolling out in front on me. I could believe the feeling.
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Like bautieri, I am surrounded by them. I live at the top of one. When I first started riding again last year I bought a Specialized comfort bike aka 'tank'. I was humbled very quickly. I hated them but there was no avoiding them. With a little lighter bike and better gearing AND practice, I learned not to hate them so much. The ones I couldn't climb before, like the ones home, I finally could without getting off and walking the rest of the way.

Me? Ya, I still hate 'em.......
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Wait til you go to climb a hill with a 30 pound touring bike, pulling a trailer loaded with everything you need for a wilderness tour and the rider/bike/trailer/load combo is 430 pounds (I'm talking where you have to pack drinking water for a few days with you as well as food, etc)

It feels so good getting to the top!
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Wait til you go to climb a hill with a 30 pound touring bike, pulling a trailer loaded with everything you need for a wilderness tour and the rider/bike/trailer/load combo is 430 pounds (I'm talking where you have to pack drinking water for a few days with you as well as food, etc)

It feels so good getting to the top!
Been there, done that! (minus the trailer, but using 4 loaded panniers). IMHO it felt better to get to the campground for the night, setup camp, kick back with a cold one (bought at the nearest grocery store before camp), and enjoy the sunset.
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The only hill I've really disliked this year was the one at mile 98 of the Daffodil Classic this past Sunday. Geez Louise, did that hill ever suck... Steep, winding, and rough pavement/chipseal, all after 98 miles of hills and already riding over lots of chipseal.
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I turn the hills into a game. I'll see if I can maintain 10mph, or 14, or whatever speed (depending on how steep the hill is, it could be 8) while goign up the hill. There's one hill on my commute where I can't maintain more than 5 or 6mph. It's steep but short.
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I turn the hills into a game. I'll see if I can maintain 10mph, or 14, or whatever speed (depending on how steep the hill is, it could be 8) while goign up the hill. There's one hill on my commute where I can't maintain more than 5 or 6mph. It's steep but short.
I thought most of your hills you took at three or two MPH - depending on how hard it is to push the bike.
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Mountains are ok. As long as the climb does not exceed about 8-10 miles. Those who talk of 20 mile climbs. I've never completed one. Wonder if I could. Guess, I've always avoided cycling like Colorado, so far. For a plus ten percent grade for 10 miles. Like to know if I could. Can always turn around , I guess. But, its a great feeling when its over. The only thing about mtns. I have a slight elevation phobia. I'd rather climb than descend.
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Mountains are ok. As long as the climb does not exceed about 8-10 miles. Those who talk of 20 mile climbs. I've never completed one. Wonder if I could. Guess, I've always avoided cycling like Colorado, so far. For a plus ten percent grade for 10 miles. Like to know if I could. Can always turn around , I guess. But, its a great feeling when its over. The only thing about mtns. I have a slight elevation phobia. I'd rather climb than descend.
If you want to really test your climbing ability, come do the Mt. Baker Hill Climb in Washington.
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I am right there with you T-Murph.

Since I converted from all MTB to mostly Road, I love how much easier the climbs are on light bikes.

Living in the monutains of CO, I guess I better love them (not unlike you).

I did a 500 mile charity ride last summer Lincoln, NE to Denver - (many rolling hills), I learned to really dislike wind. I would climb Vail Pass 4 times before riding an hour with a 30 mph cross wind.
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If I hated hills I would never ride. Where I live is nestled right in a huge batch of rolling hills.

What is this "flat" riding I hear some of you people speak of?
+1

This seems to be the nature of PA...

Where I am, what everyone considers a flat ride is one that follows the river. This is a ride that I would have always considered rolling hills before... but I have definitely discovered that flat is a relative term.

I am planning to start commuting 8 miles each way... along the Susquehanna, a very gently flowing river for those that don't know it... so no rapids or anything. In fact, I was here for a year before I realized that the river flows the opposite direction from what I originally thought.

However, unless I ride on the levees, there is not a contiguous half mile flat portion for the whole commute.

From the river to my home is very flat (I can see the river when it gets high enough, and I can't when it is at normal levels due to the woods) but my property has four diffeent three foot retaining walls from the river side to the high side.
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