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Old 06-06-10, 08:18 AM   #1
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biking form?

In track and tennis, I've been commented on my form. I'm wondering if form matters in cycling. For example, I've seen amateurs get up from their seat to grind their way up a slope, but I've never seen legit bikers do that.
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Old 06-06-10, 08:56 AM   #2
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In track and tennis, I've been commented on my form. I'm wondering if form matters in cycling. For example, I've seen amateurs get up from their seat to grind their way up a slope, but I've never seen legit bikers do that.
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First off the way a person attacks a hill isn't just dependent on their experience. Most of the time I stay seated, but sometimes I feel like resting my underside and stretch a bit, and stand while climbing. To answer your question, yeah, sorta. It depends what you're doing. If you're racing, you're "form" should be as horizontal to be as aerodynamic as possible. If you're like me and commute and tour, a more upright position is much more comfortable, and if you don't mind loosing a couple kph.
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In track and tennis, I've been commented on my form. I'm wondering if form matters in cycling. For example, I've seen amateurs get up from their seat to grind their way up a slope, but I've never seen legit bikers do that.
What kind of bike, how hard are you riding, what is the terrain, how is the bike geared and is it red or white, are you trying to beat the guy on the loaded touring bike that it about to pass your sorry butt?

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Near as I can tell, if you're on a bike you haven't stolen, you're a legit rider, whether you stand to climb or not, and whether you're 4-years-old or 84.

Now, did you mean to compare ordinary folk with professional racers?

Please bear in mind that professional riders ride for hours and hours and hours every single day for years to get into--and stay in--the kind of condition that lets them push the big gears uphill for an hour or two at a pop.

The rest of us have day jobs.
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I never get out of the seat to climb a hill but I'm not sure that I am legit.

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I'm wondering if form matters in cycling.
I would argue that form matters, but you have to modulate that thinking by where you are riding and by your goals on a given ride, by what you are riding, and even by your goal in a specific section of trail or road.

You probably do burn more energy by standing than by sitting and spinning, but there are good reasons to stand sometimes.

Visit leelikesbikes.com. Read up on "attack position". Lee is a big proponent of form. He is a "legit biker". In his book are several photos showing him up off the saddle when climbing.
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When I think bad form, I think of bouncing up and down on the seat, or grinding along in the flats at a very low cadence.

I'd think standing or spinning to climb might have more to do with gearing or personal preference, at the 'club rider' level, anyway. The pros stand sometimes. Presumably, it's more critical for them to choose the right time to do it.

Does form matter in cycling? Yes, at least in the sense that poor form can lead to injury over time.
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Yes, form matters.
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Yea, standing up is for loserz.

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Dang, ya beat me to it, colombo357!
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