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    Climbing steep grades 30-45 degree stuff

    I went on a trail featuring some very steep sections. I managed one of them (yess!), but my front wheel kept popping up. I didn't bring my bike to walk it.

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    When you have steep climbs, how you put your weight over the bike makes a difference; too much forward makes your back wheel slip out, and too much to the rear lifts your front wheel. The steeper the climb, the more delicate it gets.

    Trial and error is the only answer for it. try different positions on the bike -- lower over the bar, maybe, to start.

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    Going that steep you might have to be out of saddle to keep the front weighted down. Smooth circular pedaling makes all the difference, too, which is why clipless is so good on climbs.
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    I don't usually get out of the saddle on the steepest stuff, I'll usually slide up on the nose of the saddle to weight the front better, though. It's a delicate balance like DX said...just gotta figure out where to put your weight to keep pedaling and keep the bike on track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikinfool View Post
    I don't usually get out of the saddle on the steepest stuff, I'll usually slide up on the nose of the saddle to weight the front better, though. It's a delicate balance like DX said...just gotta figure out where to put your weight to keep pedaling and keep the bike on track.
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    Slide to the nose of the saddle, and lower your chest over your handlebars.

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    Wait.

    You're attempting to climb a sustained 30 to 45-degree slopes?

    You either need to lower your expectations or re-calibrate your inclinometer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Wait.

    You're attempting to climb a sustained 30 to 45-degree slopes?

    You either need to lower your expectations or re-calibrate your inclinometer.
    Fo sho. 30 to 45 degree stuff can be done by hitting it with speed, but anything that keeps going and going, and you have to step off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Wait.

    You're attempting to climb a sustained 30 to 45-degree slopes?

    You either need to lower your expectations or re-calibrate your inclinometer.
    I think they have an app for that.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by IRONHEAD1 View Post
    I think they have an app for that.
    Lowering Expectations?

    Indeed.

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    Have a slope in which the last 10 yards gets to 25 to 30% and grip is never good. Weight back in the saddle- and as the front starts to lift- Twist your wrists down. Brings the body and weight forward and lower. Works every time if the legs are good enough.
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