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Originally Posted by Curt Kurt
How do you stay seated all the time climbing SS? Eventually, you are going to have to stand up and hammer. If you are running a gear that you can climb sitting in all the time in all conditions, then you are running to small a gear.
To the OP, I would say that strength training is the way to go. (deadlifts, squats, stiff legged deadlifts (my fave)).
When I read your post I could feel that ache in my lower back after a long day on the SS. I think you condition your body to get used to it by just doing it. Long distance low cadence climbing is just a brutal thing.
I'm reffering to the long grinding climbs. Short climbs, off the saddle and sprint.
You do have to get up once in awhile for an occasional burst. I just don't need to get up off the saddle much anymore for climbing, there are the random times when I need to get off the saddle. But those times are on long climbs. Yes muscles do help. I'm suggesting lower gearing so can get up with getting some seat time to recover during the climb.
To answer that, my muscles are used to it on the long climbs, seated takes pressure off of your back when climbing, but doesn't help with pedal accuracy, standing up is great for pedalling up a hill, but puts pressure on the lower back. Just like would you want to stay standing the whole time up a long climb?