Gentlemen and ladies,
I am a 59 year old clyde living on top of a 200 meter mountain in northern Taiwan. It is pretty steep. I have been walking up and down this hill for 6 years and finally 2 weeks ago I bought a Giant Yukon with disc brakes.
I have only one route on and off this hill: straight down to the ocean and straight back up. I still have to get off 2/3s up and walk it a bit, but then I get back on. So far I find that my best strategy for making it to the top is tacking back and forth across the steeper parts (luckily very few cars).
Any suggestions on conditioning for forced hill climbing for a guy like me coming back to the machine after 25 years of recreational walking? I have a dream of someday riding over the big mountains (1000 meters) into Taipei.
Hey, thanks for these fantastic forums. They are an inspiration for me.