I have signed up for a local (approx 18 mile) MTB ride that is mainly on local trails. The ride is in January so I need to train a little.
I took my MTB out today and took a crack at the first third of the route. It was SUPER DIFFICULT. First of all, cycling on a trail/dirt is draining but the main issue was the grade of the hills. I hit a mile long hill that was literally 7-8% in places along with wooded "steps" embedded into the dirt. How is one supposed to ride up that scenario! My front wheel was bouncing off the ground with the force of me trying to get up the hill. I eventually had to walk as the slope was just too much.
One of my issues could be the way my MTB is setup. I only have one front chain-ring (32 tooth) instead of the standard 22-32-44 tooth setup. Would a 22 tooth give me a better shot at staying in the saddle?
Took some pics but they really dont give the harshness justice.
Thanks for any info...
P.S. I had a blast