Do you sit or stand to climb short hills? Lately I've been standing because I like getting over the crest faster but my knees are starting to hurt. I may have to start sitting again and just grind it out. What do you do?
Cadence - about how fast do you spin normally? I think I'm most comfortable below 90 RPM. I read somewhere that the faster you spin the less, tired you get. You also don't get very far, at least on the gear that I choose to spin fast on. So, what cadence are you most comfortable spinning and do you usually do so on the middle ring of a triple, small ring on a compact or are you a big ring rider?
Lastly, and this is kinda dumb but, I'd like to be able to scrunch my shoulder blades to relieve some tension while on the bike. The only way I know how to scrunch both blades is to sit up, let go of the bar and squeeze the back. However, I've never learned to ride with no hands, Ma. It's probably hard to describe how to do that I'm going to ask, how do you do that? Do you keep pedaling or do you coast to keep your balance? Is there a safe way to practice or just do it?
I've been on this board since 2004 but I'm still a newbie.