I weigh 205, my bent weighs 30, and I probably carry an extra 5-8 lbs. of sundries. Getting all of that up steep grades is an issue.
My granny gear is a 30X34 on a 26' wheel. I spin it out at 4 MPH. I'm not good enough to stay upright on my bent at such a slow speed. The lowest gear I can comfortably spin is my next-to-penultimate gear. It makes me nervous going up hills, especially since my bent is equipped with a redneck signal that goes off whenever I'm creeping up a steep grade.
I am using a Star Trak recumbent stationary bike. The best I can do now is 45 minutes on the Alpine Pass with a setting of 10 out of 20.
In order to get stronger legs, is it better to 1) crank up the level (resistance) for a shorter time, or 2) use a moderate amount of resistance for longer periods of time?
Although we have steep grades, in the Ohio Valley we have endless rollers. I've not done any climbs of a significant grade that go beyond about two miles of distance.
Sorry if this has already been covered but I didn't see any recent discussions along these lines.