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    I usually climb a 6% to 8% gradient hill at about 7mph and if that hill is long I usually decline to about 5mph. am I too slow?,and what can I do to increase my speed?

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    do you fall over? no? then you're not too slow.

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    You can reach the top of the hill, enjoy that feeling. When it gets easy enough, change gears and pedal faster. I like to use a cadence while climbing, like saying "one, two" per stroke of left and right pedals, or singing a song while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelrosa62 View Post
    I usually climb a 6% to 8% gradient hill at about 7mph and if that hill is long I usually decline to about 5mph. am I too slow?,and what can I do to increase my speed?
    Climbing is all about the power/weight ratio;
    i.e. your options are:
    a) become more powerful
    b) lose weight

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    just keep riding, the more you hit the hill, the easier it will be to overcome it. make sure you give yourself a couple of adequate rest days (i.e. not too much climbing)between serious climbing or it will suck that much more (at least in my experience)

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    Too slow compared to what? On long rides I'm sometimes happy to be going uphill at 5 mph...it means that I'm still moving forward.

    If you do want to go faster, though, you need to work on your climbing. Find a good long hill and ride to the top of it. (If you live in serious mountains, maybe you should stop before the pass.) Coast back down, then ride up the hill a little bit faster. Repeat, going faster if you can, until you've done about an hour or you can't take it any more. The next day, if you cycle at all, take it real easy. Do hill training like that once or twice a week and you'll get better at climbing--and, if you're like me, at cursing too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianogilvie View Post
    Do hill training like that once or twice a week and you'll get better at climbing--and, if you're like me, at cursing too.
    or, if you're like me, questioning why the hell you put yourself through something so painful, it cant possibly be pleasurable! usually when i'm about halfway up a good climb, I'm thinking to myself "this is NOT fun, I could be doing ________" but within 5 minutes of pulling in my driveway, I'm already thinking I have another x miles left in me.

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    look at it from the other direction - how slow can you go.

    my approach - is - it's a hill, maybe a killer hill ... so let's not die on this hill and just survive it and get up it without stopping or injury.

    I might be old but I like performing at a high dgree as well, but hills are no place to knock yourself out unnecessarily. imo
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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelrosa62 View Post
    I usually climb a 6% to 8% gradient hill at about 7mph and if that hill is long I usually decline to about 5mph. am I too slow?
    Does it matter?

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    I figured out a long time ago that no one was going to pay me money to ride a bike. So what does it matter if I climb a 7% grade at 5 mph, 7 mph, 10 mph or 12 mph? Is anyone else going to care? Also if I get up the hill, why should I care? OK, it is fun to get up faster than my buddies but HEY I can always find slower buddies.

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    Tangential: i usually red-line it up hills, but find that this slows me down in the long run. What is good technique to climb hills conservatively? Sit or stand and what is a good cadence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandabear View Post
    Tangential: i usually red-line it up hills, but find that this slows me down in the long run. What is good technique to climb hills conservatively? Sit or stand and what is a good cadence?
    On long rides (50-125 miles), I aim to be quite conservative on hills so I don't wear myself out too soon. Except for very short hills, my approach is to sit, shift down, and aim for my normal cadence of 70-90 rpm. If the hill is so steep that I drop much below 60 even in my lowest gear, I will pause and take a short break. Since the low gear on my long-distance bike is 23.5 inches, my low speed is around 4 mph. I also use a heart rate monitor to keep myself from pushing too hard, and I try not to go above 165 on hills except for very short efforts.

    On shorter rides, I do whatever I feel like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandabear View Post
    Tangential: i usually red-line it up hills, but find that this slows me down in the long run. What is good technique to climb hills conservatively? Sit or stand and what is a good cadence?
    Not true - if you take it easy on the flats you will only lose a few seconds, but if you take it easy on the hills you will lose minutes. Ride the hills at 110% effort, sitting most of the time at slightly lower cadence, but shift up a couple of gears & stand for short periods to change the muscles you are working. This is good advice I have received but dont normally follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
    Not true - if you take it easy on the flats you will only lose a few seconds, but if you take it easy on the hills you will lose minutes. Ride the hills at 110% effort, sitting most of the time at slightly lower cadence, but shift up a couple of gears & stand for short periods to change the muscles you are working. This is good advice I have received but dont normally follow.
    That really only works for rides about an hour or less. And it depends on the length of the hill. If you are riding for 5 hours and you go 110% up long hills you will be crawling by the end of the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelrosa62 View Post
    I usually climb a 6% to 8% gradient hill at about 7mph and if that hill is long I usually decline to about 5mph. am I too slow?
    If you got the gears for it 5mph up 8% isn't too slow. If you're pushing 42x25 at that speed, your knees are going to hate you, though.

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    ,and what can I do to increase my speed?
    practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelrosa62 View Post
    I usually climb a 6% to 8% gradient hill at about 7mph and if that hill is long I usually decline to about 5mph. am I too slow?,and what can I do to increase my speed?
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    If you're not racing or training for racing, then it make no difference. Only person that speed makes any difference to is you.
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    [QUOTE=Pat;10763407]I figured out a long time ago that no one was going to pay me money to ride a bike. So what does it matter if I climb a 7% grade at 5 mph, 7 mph, 10 mph or 12 mph? Is anyone else going to care? Also if I get up the hill, why should I care? OK, it is fun to get up faster than my buddies but HEY I can always find slower buddies.[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelrosa62 View Post
    I usually climb a 6% to 8% gradient hill at about 7mph and if that hill is long I usually decline to about 5mph. am I too slow?,and what can I do to increase my speed?
    The best way to improve almost any physical performance is to train. My personal suggestion is try to pick it up just a little near the end of a climb. say 8 mph or 6mph for those long hills you slow down on. Then next time make the end a little longer. Does this mean working hard every time? No, but the more times you work hard the quicker you improve.

    For hills trying to pick it up at teh start of a climb can be a bad idea, if you blow up before the top yuo get less of a workout and get frustrated. But it can be worthwhile to once in a while see if you can do a whole climb just 1/2 mph faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelrosa62 View Post
    What can I do to increase my speed?
    Keep your tyres inflated, keep throwing your leg over the top tube & keep pedalling.

    Simples.

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