Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 37
  1. #1
    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Upland Ca
    My Bikes
    Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
    Posts
    20,031
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Do You like the Gradient Display?

    Credit to IBOHUNT's comment in another thread.

    Well do ya punk? I like it! I have done a couple of climbs in my life but didn't have a Garmin. The times I struggled up a steep section I felt like I was just getting tired and contributed the feeling as defeating. Now I monitor the grade and if I feel tired I can justify it by the grade.

    In other words, if I have been on a 6% grade for some time but start struggling a bit, if I see a 12% reading, I know I just have to get passed this section then it's back to feeling normal. Gives me hope that it will get better.

  2. #2
    Just Plain Slow PhotoJoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Santa Clarita, CA
    My Bikes
    Lynskey R230
    Posts
    4,006
    Mentioned
    33 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Yes. Makes me create excuses for my inadequacies.
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

  3. #3
    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix, Merlin Road, Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    7,727
    Mentioned
    34 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yes! It's about my favorite bit of screen, except when it gets > 10%.

    I don't know that it's terribly accurate, especially if it's windy (thinking of Palm Springs here...) but it's nice to see

  4. #4
    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Escondido>>>>San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    smashed Supersix
    Posts
    6,852
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yah til it starts blinking -- at me when on 32+% hills of the MTB. Damn dirt...

  5. #5
    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix, Merlin Road, Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    7,727
    Mentioned
    34 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I can't read mine when it gets that steep... I think my driveway is about 18% or so for 50-80 yards and I can't read the garmin when I'm standing and huffing away.

  6. #6
    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Upland Ca
    My Bikes
    Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
    Posts
    20,031
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    yah til it starts blinking -- at me when on 32+% hills of the MTB. Damn dirt...
    I know what you mean! This section to Potato Mtn said it was 26% on a bud's garmin when we rode it. That's when traction really get tricky


    081909G by gulpxtreme, on Flickr

  7. #7
    Just Keep Pedaling Beachgrad05's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Lakewood, CA
    My Bikes
    99 Schwinn Mesa GS MTB, 11 Trek 7.2 FX WSD, 12 Trek 4.5 Madone, 14 Bianchi Vigarelli
    Posts
    2,034
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have the grade displayed on one of my three screens.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rockland County, NY
    My Bikes
    Giant TCR SL3 and Trek 1.5
    Posts
    944
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As others have mentioned, the display is useful in that it at least gives you a number you can use as a benchmark as to how you're doing on climbs, but the percentage reading will often be a bit generous. That's why I always enable elevation corrections when uploading to Strava or a similar site.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Homeyba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Central Coast, California
    My Bikes
    Colnago C-50, Calfee Dragonfly Tandem, Specialized Allez Pro, Peugeot Competition Light
    Posts
    3,370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like it. I remember doing a 1200km ride a number of years back and I was riding along what I thought was a flat road and it was just killing me. I rode for miles that way and finally decided to stop and check to see if the brakes were rubbing. While I was stopped I looked back down the road and I could easily tell I'd been climbing. I just started laughing and took off again at 12mph. 12mph when you're climbing is fine, 12mph when you are in the flats is another! Now I just look at the gradient display on the confuser and don't get discouraged.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

  10. #10
    Senior Member TJClay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Costa Mesa, Ca.
    My Bikes
    Domane Project One, 6 series, Ui2
    Posts
    401
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I find I look at it too much but it's nice to know when you just finished a section of 10+%.
    ttp://pedalmybike.com/userTrackies/myTrackie3491.jpg[/img]

  11. #11
    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Upland Ca
    My Bikes
    Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
    Posts
    20,031
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    doing a 1200km ride a number of years back and I was riding along what I thought was a flat road and it was just killing me. .
    I could have used it on Breathless Agony a few years ago. I felt like quitting when I was on Damnation Alley. I looked flat in comparison to the eye of the upcoming mtn road. Turned out to be 7%. If I Had known that i was 7% on the ride, it would have eased my struggle.

  12. #12
    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Upland Ca
    My Bikes
    Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
    Posts
    20,031
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TJClay View Post
    I find I look at it too much but it's nice to know when you just finished a section of 10+%.
    I guess I'm lucky in that way, I don't look much at my computer while riding. I don't watch my speed, time etc, only grade when it feels tough.

  13. #13
    Senior Member IBOHUNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Western Maryland - Appalachian Mountains
    My Bikes
    Motobecane Fantom Cross; Cannondale Supersix replaced the Giant TCR which came to an untimely death by truck
    Posts
    2,148
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    I like it. I remember doing a 1200km ride a number of years back and I was riding along what I thought was a flat road and it was just killing me. I rode for miles that way and finally decided to stop and check to see if the brakes were rubbing. While I was stopped I looked back down the road and I could easily tell I'd been climbing. I just started laughing and took off again at 12mph. 12mph when you're climbing is fine, 12mph when you are in the flats is another! Now I just look at the gradient display on the confuser and don't get discouraged.

    Yeah, those 2-3% grades are killers mentally for me. I'm sure there is a bad hub, brakes locked up or a bottom bracket about to seize up. As I said in the other thread, we have a short .9 mile 125' gain section that is a part of my regular training ride. Kills me. I never have speed displayed nor do I want to but looking at the power display is discouraging as well. Terrible bad in a north wind. There is 3 1/2 minutes I can never get back.

    Now we'll have to get into the whole 'what's climbing' debate eh?

    I was doing a ride in June of '12 and on one of the hills I heard something similar to... I never thought I'd see my heart rate RECOVER when I was going up the 8% grade part. That was a great metric with 8300' of gain.

    So... who wants to start a 'what's climbing?' or 'What's hilly?' thread?
    I'm sure my definition would differ from those in the Rocky mountains where the uphill bits are stupid long. Please, just shoot me when you start doing those 8 mile long 1200' of gain deals. I'll take a 1.25 mile 600' gain deal over that western garbage any day of the week.

    I have 7 grades of rides when you start talking about gain/mi for us recreation folks and the first 2 are:

    Watch your dog run away for a week flat = < 35'/mile
    Flat = 36 - 50'/mi

    and the rest are???

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Posts
    148
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use it as well. Not so much for the 8-11% grade, but I like it more for the 2-3% grade that looks flat, but slows me down. I see my speed drop, and I don't feel bad if we are on a 3% grade. I know that is causing it, its not just me getting winded.

  15. #15
    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Upland Ca
    My Bikes
    Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
    Posts
    20,031
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by IBOHUNT View Post
    Please, just shoot me when you start doing those 8 mile long 1200' of gain deals. I'll take a 1.25 mile 600' gain deal over that western garbage any day of the week.
    8 miles 1200 ft , WHERE?

    Our GMR is 8 miles 2350 ft. I really don't look at the grade much on this ride, only the 10-11% section so I can make Gina happy with the news, but it's over so quickly.


  16. #16
    Senior Member rdtompki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Hollister, CA
    My Bikes
    Volagi, daVinci Joint Venture
    Posts
    3,934
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I preferred the Garmin 705 implementation - didn't have so much lag. On short, steep pitches the grunt is over before the 800 registers.
    Rick T
    --------
    Volagi - Triple"ized" and Tubeless
    daVinci Joint Venture

  17. #17
    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix, Merlin Road, Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    7,727
    Mentioned
    34 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here's the holy grail of climbs (for me... you can keep all that french stuff!)

    http://www.strava.com/activities/26539917#

    I'll probably never actually be able to do it but I told my wife next time she wants to go to Maui I'm going to try. I have a minimum of 2 years to get ready for that thing!

  18. #18
    Senior Member ahultin's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Bonsall, Ca
    My Bikes
    2003 Cannondale Jekyll 1000, 2006.5 Fuji Roubaix RC, 2008 Fuji Finest 1.0 (Daughter), 2012 Fuji Cross 2.0 (son), 2011 Cannondale Road Tandem 2
    Posts
    393
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Here's the holy grail of climbs (for me... you can keep all that french stuff!)

    http://www.strava.com/activities/26539917#

    I'll probably never actually be able to do it but I told my wife next time she wants to go to Maui I'm going to try. I have a minimum of 2 years to get ready for that thing!
    I would love to do that just so #302 would no longer be dead last, I am just giving that way

  19. #19
    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Escondido>>>>San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    smashed Supersix
    Posts
    6,852
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by IBOHUNT View Post
    I'm sure my definition would differ from those in the Rocky mountains where the uphill bits are stupid long. Please, just shoot me when you start doing those 8 mile long 1200' of gain deals. I'll take a 1.25 mile 600' gain deal over that western garbage any day of the week.
    does this count, its in my backyard?? http://www.strava.com/activities/47774217 http://www.strava.com/segments/1502078
    it sucks even more when i did it on my singlespeed

  20. #20
    Senior Member Homeyba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Central Coast, California
    My Bikes
    Colnago C-50, Calfee Dragonfly Tandem, Specialized Allez Pro, Peugeot Competition Light
    Posts
    3,370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    I could have used it on Breathless Agony a few years ago. I felt like quitting when I was on Damnation Alley. I looked flat in comparison to the eye of the upcoming mtn road. Turned out to be 7%. If I Had known that i was 7% on the ride, it would have eased my struggle.
    Exactly, it's especially tough on long, difficult rides when your not as mentally aware of your surroundings as you normally would be. Even when you're fresh though sometimes those false flats can be discouraging.

    I remember doing a race in Canada and I had to continually check the direction of the river alongside the road to tell if we were going up or down!
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

  21. #21
    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix, Merlin Road, Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    7,727
    Mentioned
    34 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ahultin View Post
    I would love to do that just so #302 would no longer be dead last, I am just giving that way
    Last place is #226 and he took 9 hours... you could be top 200!

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Santa Cruz, Ca
    Posts
    398
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    powermeter works a lot better than the gradient display.. just sayin.

  23. #23
    Senior Member IBOHUNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Western Maryland - Appalachian Mountains
    My Bikes
    Motobecane Fantom Cross; Cannondale Supersix replaced the Giant TCR which came to an untimely death by truck
    Posts
    2,148
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Here's the holy grail of climbs (for me... you can keep all that french stuff!)

    http://www.strava.com/activities/26539917#

    I'll probably never actually be able to do it but I told my wife next time she wants to go to Maui I'm going to try. I have a minimum of 2 years to get ready for that thing!
    I'll go with ya! That looks like a hoot of a ride

  24. #24
    Senior Member JerrySTL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Near St. Louis, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Giant Defy Advanced, Windsor Tourist
    Posts
    705
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yes. I like looking down at my Garmin 705 and seeing what I'm climbing. I also like to review the climbs on Garmin Connect or Strava.

    I found it interesting that the hill where I had my little heart attack was not anywhere near the steepest hill that I climb. Of course I was racing my daughter to the top and not just spinning slowly as usual.

  25. #25
    Senior Member IBOHUNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Western Maryland - Appalachian Mountains
    My Bikes
    Motobecane Fantom Cross; Cannondale Supersix replaced the Giant TCR which came to an untimely death by truck
    Posts
    2,148
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    does this count, its in my backyard?? http://www.strava.com/activities/47774217 http://www.strava.com/segments/1502078
    it sucks even more when i did it on my singlespeed

    Yep, another fun looking ride.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •