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View Poll Results: If you have a 300 foot climb, which grade would you prefer?
5% grade, sit and spin it up. Tough it out. 25 48.08%
10% grade, get out of saddle and climb. Get it over with. 18 34.62%
15% grade, don't remember how you do it because you tend to pass out 1 1.92%
Take a taxi or use a rope tow. 8 15.38%
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Old 06-28-07, 10:44 PM   #26
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So when you get to the top of your 500' climb, you'd be ready to do another 2500' at 10%?
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Old 06-28-07, 10:55 PM   #27
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I think I'm the only one who has not posted a poll on this site, so just out of curiousity, describe your climbing style. Do take your time.

The question is, do you take it on all at once and get it over with, or do you prefer to drag things out?
I love a hill. I love to sprint up a hill. I like finding the lower portion of my lungs on a hill I misunderestimated (copyright Gee Dubya). I love the dread of a hill I haven't climbed but heard about, the combination of anticipation and fear of a particularly challenging hill I've climbed before.

I know I'm twisted, but there's something primal about conquering a hill that reinforces my aliveness. It's a hill...get over it!
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I'm a 5%er but I won't turn my nose up at lesser grades. More than about 6-7% and there is a danger of getting my tongue hung up in the chainwheel.

Since I'm in the process of switching over to riding a recumbent, "climbing out of the saddle" will only be done at the end of a ride or at a coffee shop.
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Old 06-29-07, 01:34 AM   #29
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Regarding hills. I sometimes feel I get less tired on a 8% average grade over 3 miles over a 4% grade over 9 miles. I am all right on climbs of a couple miles , but those 8-10 mile climbs. They sort of get to me. Worst climb I ever have completed about 3500 feet over 9 miles. I was exhausted. Had a 1/2 stretch of about 9%. That was tough. But overall, climbs make you strong. Far more effective than going fast on the flats.
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Old 06-29-07, 02:48 AM   #30
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I voted for 5% because the 5 and the % are on the same key.

But seriously, a long steady climb where I can gear down, spin, and be alone with my thoughts while remaining aerobic is actually enjoyable for me.
What do you mean, "but seriously"? 5 and % being on the same key is a very good reason to vote that way...
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Makes me feel klutzy but it is another skill I need.
And here we thought you had the Klutzy thing down pretty good.
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I prefer to climb the corporate ladder.
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I thought you had to live in Colorado to make a poll.
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I didn't know you had moved? Are you living in Denver?

We Colorado folks want to KNOW!

And I prefer 500 feet climbs, so I didn't vote.
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Nope, I guess I'm the last one standing, no polls. On the other hand, my wife is half Polish, does that count?
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I didn't know you had moved? Are you living in Denver?

We Colorado folks want to KNOW!

And I prefer 500 feet climbs, so I didn't vote.


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I prefer to climb the corporate ladder.

I'd rather climb a 8000 ft. mountain on a hot day with headwind and heavy traffic than spend the day kissing fannies trying to get ahead at work.
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I'd rather climb a 8000 ft. mountain on a hot day with headwind and heavy traffic than spend the day kissing fannies trying to get ahead at work.
The top of the corporate ladder is a dead end, at least near the bottom you can still jump off and walk away.
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So when you get to the top of your 500' climb, you'd be ready to do another 2500' at 10%?
Um... wellll.... no.

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I see that I misunderstood what you were sayiing SKT. You are now climbing 500' in elevation at 11%. I thought you meant you went up a hill that was 500' long at 11%.

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I see that I misunderstood what you were sayiing SKT. You are now climbing 500' in elevation at 11%. I thought you meant you went up a hill that was 500' long at 11%.

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I didn't know you had moved? Are you living in Denver?

We Colorado folks want to KNOW!

And I prefer 500 feet climbs, so I didn't vote.
You're making this stuff up!
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I see that I misunderstood what you were sayiing SKT. You are now climbing 500' in elevation at 11%. I thought you meant you went up a hill that was 500' long at 11%.

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No, actually, I think I got it wrong... that is what I was saying. Oops!
I guess the climb, in elevation, is... well, hang on; I'll get that number for ya... 70' up over 650' ridden. Roughly... the steepest part is more like 60' over 200'
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The top of the corporate ladder is a dead end, at least near the bottom you can still jump off and walk away.
Yeah, but at the top they get those cool golden parachutes.

(Never got past the bottom rungs myself.)
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Not enough options so Haven't voted but 15% grades for a mile are just the starter climbs for us. You may not believe that we enjoy them but we are honestly looking for the 3rd one of the morning and then we will have earnt our Breakfast.
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I could not begin to tell you what the % grade is on any hills around here, I only know what I have learned from experience:
1) there is no such thing as a flat road
2) the wind will always be against you
3) hills are always longer than they appear to be from the bottom

I only stand when I can no longer spin - does that make sense? So I voted for 5%

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Old 06-29-07, 11:13 AM   #46
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15% is fine by me. Get ot over fast.

Thanks to a very low granny gear, only 18.8 gear inches, I can sit and spin at about 70rpm and climb a wall ... of course, I only make 3 mph. The orig equipment chain rings (28/38/48) were replaced with a 22/34/44 set. The big gear in the rear is 32t.
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Old 06-29-07, 11:46 AM   #47
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I tend to stay in the saddle on my roadie, but stand on the MTB. I wonder why? I hadn't thought about it until this poll.
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Old 06-29-07, 12:20 PM   #48
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Seated. Whatever gear/speed necessary, but seated. Only stand for stretch/change of pace, or unless it's a short roller.
Low end is 20 GI. Yeah, I use it. Lowest recorded speed is 4.2 mph.
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