I took a trip to the post office today during lunch, about a 5 mile round trip ride. You know, from the car a 3% grade over 0.6 miles doesn't seem that bad, but on the bike I used the very lowest gear I had (30 front, 32 rear) after the 1st half of the hill and managed to maintain a steady 5 mph. Sheesh. I feel pathetic just posting those numbers. On the other hand, I did do a nice 31 mph down the hill, assuming my Sigma Sport cyclocomputer is accurate .
So, how much riding does it take to make the damn hills easier??