A 3.5% grade over 1/4 mile kicks your ass? :(
A 3.5% grade over 1/4 mile kicks your ass? :(
If you just finished riding 200 miles into a headwind? No it's not.
Only if you give up.
i slip in to the small ring
+1 to only if you give up.
Also, guessing you have your Madone back and/or got another bike?
I just closed a deal on a 2009 Specialized Tricross Sport Triple w/ Rock n' Road Cyclery in Anaheim Hills. I should have it on the streets by next Friday (they have to order it, build it, and fit it to me).
P.S. I agree with the giving up comments, however I can make it all the way up without stopping... but I am huffing and puffing my lungs out.
I can't think of anything pathetic about riding a bike at all. Have fun and seek out new challenges, and you will improve at your own pace.
Nice! The Tricross are nice rides, a bit different from the Madone, but great for all kinds of stuff. What were you riding on the 3.5% grade?
Also last year when we moved into our new house, with it with got a nice grade right out of my driveway. NOt sure what percentage, but it's 3 blocks long of goodness. At first I could climb it in granny gear with lots of effort. These days I kind of fly up it while hammering away. Daily trials help build those leg muscles, trust me :).
Don't worry - two weeks from now you won't notice the incline.
I only found out today what the grade of that hill was, thats why the delay in the post. But what's funny is another street I rode up a few days before is 1/5th of a mile at 7% grade and I didnt struggle as much with that one.
I began to suspect that hills are only psychologically challenging, meaning if you think it will kick your arse it will definitely do so. If you don't think to much about it and just do it, it's much easier.
Try this little test:
Find a thin person. Find a tandem bike. Get on the tandem bike with the thin person and ride up the hill twice. The first time, you pedal and the thin person doesn't. Second time, the thin person pedals and you don't. See who's really more fit. :)
In response to the original question, it's not pathetic when you have difficulty doing something that you don't normally do. I'm a pathetic swimmer. So what? I don't normally swim. Take a championship swimmer, put him in a sumo ring and see how he does there. If you never think to get out of the house, that's sort of pathetic. And if you give up the first time you try something because it's hard, that's sort of pathetic.
It's only pathetic if you continue to allow it to, and avoid the grade. ;)
It might actually be a lot harder depending on when during your ride you hit it. If you're not warmed up, tired, or just having a bad day (in any number of possible ways) that 3.5% might be a lot harder.
Good input guys. As soon as I have another set of wheels i'll be hitting that hill on a daily basis. As the Marines say, punishment will continue until morale improves. :D
I'd only echo what others have said really - it's not at all pathetic, especially if you recognise it as something to be beaten :)
I've found that if I have to stop on a hill (and that's quite often round here given my current fitness level) I stop, catch my breath, then hop back on the bike. I've not given up and walked yet. I'm definitely finding the hills easier to deal with the more I ride them.
Good luck, and keep at it! :)
How do you determine hills percentage of incline or the grade of a road?
I always guessed it was degree of angle, yet reading this it is not.
As to hills, the long sloping grades usually are little problem for this old rider, unless of course it is into a head wind.
The short steep hills are what provide trouble, more so, if I have not dropped to proper gearing as required, if to slow, tough to maintain forward motion.
Had to hills this last weekend, walked last 15 feet, with my hybrid, felt bad, except a couple of riders with road bikes following me, did same thing on same two climbs. My estimate, these were elevations changes of at least 50 feet in less than 1/4 mile. Could not focus on telephone pole beyond rise as it was out of site. Two of these within 4 miles caused me issues. Actually the 2nd one blamed on pickup truck pulling straw bales on wagon, he missed gear and pushed me toward the road edge, loosing my rhythm;).
On a Madone? Yes it is!
For finding the grade of a hill, I used http://toporoute.com/cgi-bin/bicycle.cgi
Just plot a route on the hill you take and find the elevation/mean grade.
I forgot to mention, this isnt a straight hill... it's a winding road on a hill in a residential area with cars parked along the sides of the street.