Hey everyone, I just did my first major climb today, climbing 4200 feet over 18 miles. Long story short, I thought I was going to die
I did a lot of research about climbing techniques and found nothing but contradictory information.
1) Upright position vs chest close to handlebars:
Upright position is better since aerodynamics are negligible during climbing. However, bringing your chest closer to the bars with arms bent allows more leverage by allowing you to pull up on the bars.
2) Shoulders dropped vs shoulders open:
Dropped shoulders allows for a more relaxed position, thus conserving energy. Shoulders open allows for easier breathing.
3) Ankling vs no ankling:
Ankling allows for different muscles to be used, thus allowing big muscles to rest. However, it appears that ankling is actually very inefficient since you're forcing small muscles to take over the bigger ones, thus you'll actually get more tired.
4) Sitting on the saddle:
Sitting more behind on the saddle allows for bigger muscles to be used. Sitting forward produces more power? I'm finding that there's too much pressure on my sit bones when I sit more behind, even with my chamois...
5) Straight back vs relaxed back
Straight back allows more core muscles to aid in climbing. A relaxed back saves more energy.
I got the overall message that I should just stop whining and just climb more... I'm curious what you guys do to succeed in climbing long distances. Which of the above do you do, what cassette do you use, how much water do you bring, etc. Is there a more efficient climbing form for big guys compared to other riders?