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    Climb hill standing up or sitting down?

    According to my speedometer I notice my speed is almost the same whether I am climbing standing up or seated. I do my best to spin at a high cadence, but was wondering what the recommended technique is for hills?

    One advantage to standing up is motorists see you are trying your best to go fast and will be less likely to get irritated with you. Also you look more intimidating taller, then sitting down.

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    I was going up a big and long hill the other day. I did both, sit and stand. I could give a rat's @$$ if motorists are irritated with me or not. Especially the way I ride my bike. I don't see their lazy @$$ riding a bike. I should be irritated with them. Just kidding.

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    LOL @ the justification for standing up. I sit down when I climb hills because I've got gears on my bicycle.

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    I noticed that when the hill is steeper I do out of seat climbs. The clip in shoes/pedal actually help me so much I shift up while doing it. I am slowly getting better/faster at climbs!

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    I have trouble transitioning from sitting to standing if I'm already most of the way up the hills. If I'm spinning while sitting, I'm probably in a low-ish gear. To make good use of standing, I need to be at least a couple of gears higher. So rather than take the trouble to up shift and lose a little bit of momentum in the process, I tend to just sit through the whole hill if I've already started out that way. Maybe it's just a skill I need to learn.

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    Both. They work your muscles a bit differently. It is also amusing to sprint going up a hill.
    What difference this makes to motorists is unimportant to me.
    I do tend to stand up when approaching busy intersections. Mostly so that I can see what is going on easier. I suppose it makes me more visible as well.

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    Shorter steeper hills - stand up and shift to harder gear. You use more energy standing (because you're using your upper body more), but you can hold more speed for a short burst. Longer, less steep hill - sit and spin. Focus on the cadence, and if you can't keep the RPM's, shift to an easier gear.

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    I built up my drivetrain with a 34t inner ring on my compact double, and a 32t largest cog on my cassette. I'm not getting my butt off the saddle for any hills.

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    humm guess I am the only one who likes to sit and keep it in a high gear....
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    I ride a SS. Sitting and spinning won't work on an 8% grade. When I am riding in the mountains on my geared bike sitting and spinning is the way to go with occasional standing to keep my body from getting annoyed.

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    recommended techniique is to vary standing and sitting. standing is easier on the legs and hamstrings but uses more power. sitting uses less power but it harder on knees.

    so, mix it up. stand for a minute, sit for 2, whatever floats yer boat
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonthOLDpickle View Post
    humm guess I am the only one who likes to sit and keep it in a high gear....
    nope. me too

    I often go out on the local -hill loop- with my SS road bike and grind at low rpm just 'cuz it is
    the most hurt I can find. I sit when possible but two hills are so steep I must stand and
    pull hard with my arms to make the pedals turn over. grade is 21%, gear is 42x17 on 700c

    I end up with torn down legs, [and monster power a week later]

    in fact that is about the only road riding I do lately. big hills big gear and high rpm between hills
    the rest is mountain biking
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    depends on the hill, sometimes i even do both on the same hill (pushing hard and then transition to spinning, or vice versus)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    recommended techniique is to vary standing and sitting. standing is easier on the legs and hamstrings but uses more power. sitting uses less power but it harder on knees.
    +1

    Also, standing isn't just for trying to regain momentum or to work different muscles, giving others a break.
    Sometimes standing and pushing a higher gear at a lower cadence helps to keep your heart rate down.
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    i usually sit down
    and even when i'm hammering it up as fast as i can up the hill, i'm still sitting down

    because i've set my sit very high basically i'm almost like standing up,

    so technically speaking, when i'm pedaling, i'm at the same high a normal person would be jogging at a stand up position.

    and as others has pointed out, we got gears on our bike, unless you have a single speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by veggie_lover View Post
    According to my speedometer I notice my speed is almost the same whether I am climbing standing up or seated. I do my best to spin at a high cadence, but was wondering what the recommended technique is for hills?

    One advantage to standing up is motorists see you are trying your best to go fast and will be less likely to get irritated with you. Also you look more intimidating taller, then sitting down.
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    [QUOTE=GTALuigi;7640956]...because i've set my sit very high basically i'm almost like standing up,

    so technically speaking, when i'm pedaling, i'm at the same high a normal person would be jogging at a stand up position.QUOTE]

    Pedal much? Not that I don't believe you, it's just that, if your saddle is set as high as you suggest, and you (or at leat most people I should think) were to pedal long and hard with it like that, you would seriously pull your hamstrings. I've done it; it hurts.

    If your saddle is set so that your hips roll from side to side to reach the bottom of your downstroke, it's set too high! IMHO Apparently it works for you though, I guess.
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    i do it standing up just cause it makes me "feel" like im going faster

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    I stand when starting from stopped, at an intersection with cars around me.

    Or if I'm going up a short, steep hill, like a driveway or in a parking lot. If I try shifting, I lose too much speed, or I have too much pressure on the pedals to let the shift happen (don't know if it's bad to shift with a lot of pressure, but it sure doesn't feel/sound good).

    Anything else, I sit and shift.

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    no hands!

    Anyone tried just letting go of the handlebars and sitting up while climbing? I've tried it myself and it seems to be a nice in-between. Granted it can't be done on every thing, and most of the time I have to switch to standing, but on those smaller grades it's a nice workout for the legs without expending them to much.

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    I always sit. The only time I really stand is when I'm accelerating away from a stoplight, especially with cars behind me.
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    I climb standing a lot ... it seems to improve the balance of things.
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    I usually get a run and stay seated as long as I can. When that's not working, I raise up and climb the hill. That's my single speed beach cruiser method.

    On the recumbent, I get a run and pedal at the same gear as long as I can. When that's not working, I gear down. Since it's got a motor, I might hit the throttle if I'm going to tip over from slowness. I actually had to walk the bike one time when I was tying a steep hill will no momentum.
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    On pavement you can do either. Out on the trail, you HAVE to sit and lean forward, otherwise you'll spin out.
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    hmm... i have not noticed my hips moving

    but it is definitely high enough for me to pedal like in tippy toes, like ninja running.

    i get the most power per crank that way.

    if i set it lower, where i'd pedal with the center or hill of the feet, then my tights gets tired quickly, because it needs to make extra effort to lift up the leg higher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nota View Post
    If your saddle is set so that your hips roll from side to side to reach the bottom of your downstroke, it's set too high! IMHO Apparently it works for you though, I guess.
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