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    Hills or Flats

    I consider myself lucky to have quite a number of local paths and trails to ride. One of the most popular is an MUP that follows the Rio Grand river and is pretty flat and fairly long, kind of crowded at times but it is a good scenic trail and pretty easy to do up to 20+ miles on. There are also quite a few neighborhood trails, although not as long, that are nicely paved and can be a bit more challenging as there are more hilly sections. Now on the flats we average 12 or so mph, but on the hilly neighbor hood trails we seem to be averaging about 9 mph (have to stop and start more on cross streets and such). Right now we have been mixing our rides, usually doing shorter rides on the neighborhood trails (6 to 10 miles) and longer rides on the MUP by the river 12 to 20 miles. What do you guys prefer as a work out, flats or hills?

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    I prefer flats with some minor hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikaika777 View Post
    I prefer flats with some minor hills.
    Ditto.
    Want to ride fast? Just ride with a slower group.

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    Depends on the dress.

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    If you are looking for a workout, I say Hills all the way. If you are just looking to enjoy the ride, flats.

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    Around my area, flats involve riding along the bay trail, and the scenery can get a little boring after some time. So if I have the time, I prefer to go up the hill.
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    And, the Duke City has lots of bike lanes....... But, why not go up to Sandia Peak? Nice ride, good workout, and you get to coast all the way down, in fact, almost all the way to tramway, or points west.

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    My hills are more like slight inclines...So i have to say flats...plus i am so out of shap right now i am just trying to get back into it...
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    When I lived n Australia it was flats only for me.
    When I moved to Japan, my city is surrounded by mountains and I quickly (had too) adapt. So basically I have mountains and hills with incredible descents with a few flat roads thrown in. Whilst long inclines may be frustrating for some, if you couple your ride with Strava, you can measure your improvements easily via the KOMs / segments.
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    typically the trails here in the PNW are flat in urban areas.. so I tend to ramp up the avg mph. but the I90 trail into seattle has some cat 4 hills that will provide a quick ass kickin before you stretch it out for the long haul. basically I don't mind hills as long as I get a break during the ride! good luck
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    There ain't nothin flat in ABQ>>>>>>>>>

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