Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
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You can walk up stairs, too, right?
Sit or stand, whichever works. You can work on your softpedaling-shifting, too, so you could transition from one to the other.
I mentioned stairs because when I stand to climb, I try to choose a gear that gives similar resistance to climbing a staircase.
Whether sitting or standing, if you're using toeclips or clipless pedals, you can change which muscles are working harder by pulling or pushing through different parts of the pedal stroke during the climb. Standing actually makes this a bit more beneficial because you can let your body weight push through each downstroke, which lets you concentrate on pulling up & over with the other leg.
You'll figure it out. I remember when I was eight years old and used to zigzag up steep hills because I couldn't pedal straight up on my one-speed.