Because I'm trying to train up for long distance riding using my only bike (which is a single speed), something occured to me about the efficiency of how I run up hills. Typically I use a fairly low gear of around 63 inches or so and spin up hills and coast back down. This usually does me just fine, but there are other methods that I never considered that useful.
On rolling hills, is there as much benefit from getting a higher gearing and hammering down hills and rolling back up them? I guess this would just depend on how you ride, but I've never ridden this way. I just spin away and take breathers on the downhills to keep my heart rate and energy spent down.
I'm just asking because I'm trying to carefully feel which gearing is right for me on single speed. I'm guessing at constant climbs, probably lower would be better, because the speed of the higher gear would only be of benefit when rolling down hill (which I have a flipflop for if I really wanted some speed after a long long climb, aka mountain).
It really doesnt seem to matter as much in shorter rides, but in longer rides it definitely seems you want to conserve as much energy as possible. I never even have sore muscles after most training rides, but I'm sure sweating hard (cause I like to spin ).