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  • 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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by head_wind
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike
    Nope, I guess I'm the last one standing, no polls. On the other hand, my wife is half Polish, does that count?
    Which Half?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wfin2004
    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.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    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%.

    The new Tom offers his most sincere apologies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    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%.

    The new Tom offers his most sincere apologies.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by HopedaleHills
    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%

    Rich

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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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    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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    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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