I'm doing some hill climbing this summer (including Mt. Washington in NH) and am torn between my trusty Xootr Swift and a more traditional road bike.
I love the folder for many reasons but especially because it's easy to get Really Low Gearing with the small wheels. I currently have a 24t chainring with an 11-32 cassette on 406 wheels, for 14 gear-inches.
All of my cycling buddies tell me I'm insane and that I should use a "real" bike for the hills. I suppose I could get an 11-36 cassette plus rear derailleur (for $200) but even then the gearing wouldn't be quite as low.
moreover, I could be totally out to lunch on this, but anecdotally it feels like the folder has an easier time getting going on an uphill. not that I plan to stop much, but it seems easier for some reason. no strong opinion on which is less likely to have the front wheel lift off the ground on really steep parts though.
the road bike is a bit lighter, to be honest...
so should I just ignore the "advice" of my biking buddies? I'm inclined to , but maybe they know something I don't.