Out of the people I ride with I keep the slowest uphill Cadence, I hate a really LOW gear on an uphill climb... I always seem to feel as if I'm wasting alot of power and always seem to be consistantly slowing down, while pedalling my a$$ off. I just feel more effective grunting up the hill even though it may not be the case. I also fear that I'm putting MUCH more stress on my BB, Chain, etc. Am I just not willing to change to something that feels unatural to me even though it is better, or am I not alone and for my fitness style and ability, I'm just better off powering my way up and letting the chips fall where they may, Component wear wise. I was thinking, maybe I'm just not fit enough for high cadence to feel good and therefore I should train myself in high cadence... Like doing long rides at low speed in a low gear...
Just something I have noticed.
I was riding (XC) behind a guy from my friends job who is in great cycling shape and races road, in club events and has been riding for years. I was on his tail and we hit a short steep uphill and where my speed slowed to a crawl, he kept the same freakin' speed up the hill... he didn't slow a bit and seemed to just pedal up the hill like it was nothing, not even coming off the seat. Then again I'm 270lbs! I was astonished none the less. When I commented to him about his performance at the next stop, he said "it's all in the gear selection"
I was in the highest cadence gear I feel comfortable using.