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    Something that helps riding up inclines

    So I am one who fails at riding up hills. Lately though I have been able to keep a steady pace of 11mph going on an incline any be it a small or large one.
    This helps me...Your favorite song or at least one of them if you have more than one; Sing it while traversing up!
    And if you cant multitask then sing it in your head! Seriously you will be up that incline in no time!
    I tried this the past few times and it helped me forgot about the burning in my legs and how out of breath i was! Somehow it helped me go a little bit faster too. Try it and lemme know if it works!

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    Music is a huge motivator indeed.

    Since I don't ride with headphones on, I try to listen to my favorite music quite loud before each time I head out for an intense ride. Inevitably one of the melodies gets stuck in my head, and I'm 'listening' to it for most of the ride. Of course, it becomes 'loudest' during the more epic portions of the ride - climbs, sprints, or long stints of peak output.

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    Scooch back on the saddle and point your feet down at a 45-degree angle. As you push down with the balls of your feet on one side, be pulling up with the other foot like wiping your feet on a doormat. Nice and even. Push - Pull. Practice. Start slow and don't kick yourself in the a**. It takes practice. Shift easy without mashing the pedals - as you shift BEFORE you need to.

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    +1 on music helping.

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    I know i'll get heat from this, but this works for me.

    Last time i did a killer incline "for fun" i was listening to "eye of the tiger". The street is a residential street and it is utterly desolate past 12am (which was when i was riding). Anyway, its corny i know, but wow it works! Music is such a great motivator

    As far as technique on how to do it, meh!

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    I'd listen to music too but I can never hear it over the sound of my puny lungs gasping for air.

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    i do like jtwilson does...i blast some songs in the car really loud as im getting ready that way i have the songs stuck in my head!
    music helps with everything! im too scared to bring my ipod with me. im afraid ill drop it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrizzleDizzle6 View Post
    i do like jtwilson does...i blast some songs in the car really loud as im getting ready that way i have the songs stuck in my head!
    music helps with everything! im too scared to bring my ipod with me. im afraid ill drop it!
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    Depends on how long and how steep- but I try to ride at a cadence of 90 on the flat and inclines. When it comes to hills- I reckon to lower the cadence a bit so I look for a tune with a cadence of 80(ish) and with enough of a bass beat so That I cannot mistake it for my thumping heart.

    On my I-Pod I have tunes in sections with cadence up to around 120- but that hill section is great. Just find the songs you like but don't sing along to them. If you can- you are not working hard enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerOne View Post
    I'd listen to music too but I can never hear it over the sound of my puny lungs gasping for air.
    Yeah, between that, the ringing in my ears and the voices in my head, there's no way I could listen to music.

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    Music or not, on smaller hills, I'll try to keep my cadence without downshifting. This has the effect of making me push harder. If the hill is too long, though, I quickly get into the red zone and have to back off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Just find the songs you like but don't sing along to them. If you can- you are not working hard enough.
    Almost exactly what I was going to say. I mean, if I could sing on the way up, it just isn't much of a hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nermal View Post
    Almost exactly what I was going to say. I mean, if I could sing on the way up, it just isn't much of a hill.
    ok so an incline isnt really a hill. wow thats dumb. i dont have a fancy speedometer thing so i cant say how steep the hills are. but i can sing a song while making my way up it.
    I' am working hard enough and like many other people i definitely gasp for air. anything is possible so dont start saying its not much of a hill when you havent seen it for yourself. thanks to biking ive lost 15 lbs so far. dont say i havent been working hard enough k

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    All the guy is saying is to save your breath for climbing the hill. The energy wasted and the air being used to activate your vocal cords instead of fueling your body is taking away from your effort up the hills. No one is saying you aren't working hard. If I am singing up Old La Honda (3.5 miles at 8%, which is a moderate hill around here), that means I am just making it harder to get to the top by taking away from what my body needs, namely energy and air.

    I WISH I could listen to music even way up in the hills around here. It's just too dangerous not to be able to hear traffic ascending or descending the same road you are on. In a less populated area I could, but not here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deep_sky View Post
    All the guy is saying is to save your breath for climbing the hill. The energy wasted and the air being used to activate your vocal cords instead of fueling your body is taking away from your effort up the hills. No one is saying you aren't working hard. If I am singing up Old La Honda (3.5 miles at 8%, which is a moderate hill around here), that means I am just making it harder to get to the top by taking away from what my body needs, namely energy and air.

    I WISH I could listen to music even way up in the hills around here. It's just too dangerous not to be able to hear traffic ascending or descending the same road you are on. In a less populated area I could, but not here.
    i dont listen to anything while i ride.
    i have a song that i like and i either sing it in my head or out loud. its helped me climb small inclines a lot faster
    theres this one hill that i used to 8mph up and one day i noticed i went 11mph because i started humming a song.
    i kept doing it and now i remain at 11mph on that small hill. riding with earphones is dangerous in my opinion
    im not suggesting riding and listening at the same time. i am however suggesting to humm a song or something while traversing up

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    Distraction from the burn in your legs always makes you go faster. I was riding with a buddy and we were chatting along up a hill (didn't even think of it as a hill), then we checked our computers and it said a half mile at 12% grade. We laughed and said, we should talk more often because normally I'd be feeling that kind of hill, but I didn't feel it at all because I was distracted away from noticing it.

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    you see that is cool! when i see a hill im like oh snap! and then it takes me longer going up it
    but talking to a buddy or even like i mentioned humming a song in your head will make it go faster. distractions help!

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    This ought to help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Nichols View Post
    This ought to help

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