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    RidingLikeCrazy! rangerdavid's Avatar
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    spinning up hills always, with the occasional out of the saddle for 30-60 seconds for a change of position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    Mostly spin, mashing only to get a different position every now and then. I did Mt Haleakala this week, and found that after spinning for 20 miles and 6000' I had nothing left for either. Once I could no longer spin it didn't matter that I could stand up and go a little further. I still wonder if I'd made it past the last switchback if I could have spun slowly up the rest.
    same tactic here.
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    Kinda funny - on a long climb, I find that lower rpm at a given speed is more comfortable than higher rpm at that same speed. Glad there isn't an official rule. I also like to get up out of the saddle, still keeping a decent cadence but certainly not spinning. I find that getting out of the saddle will rest my "spinning muscles" and as I have gotten stronger, I can stand for a long time. I did move to an 11-32 cassette on my road bike (with a mtb deraillieur) for the Mt Shasta ride a year ago, thought I would change back, but have found that it is fine where it is (I very, very rarely use the biggest gears in the back, but on occasion they are very handy). In my specific case, losing 20# would probably change my climbing approach...
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    Quote Originally Posted by david58 View Post
    Kinda funny - on a long climb, I find that lower rpm at a given speed is more comfortable than higher rpm at that same speed. Glad there isn't an official rule. I also like to get up out of the saddle, still keeping a decent cadence but certainly not spinning. I find that getting out of the saddle will rest my "spinning muscles" and as I have gotten stronger, I can stand for a long time.
    Same here. I'm much quicker and feel much better using a lower cadence on climbs. When I'm with a group and we hit a climb, I blow by everyone spinning. I keep a cadence of 60-70 and alternate standing and sitting although I can stand a long, long time - that's probably from my running background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
    Same here. I'm much quicker and feel much better using a lower cadence on climbs. When I'm with a group and we hit a climb, I blow by everyone spinning. I keep a cadence of 60-70 and alternate standing and sitting although I can stand a long, long time - that's probably from my running background.
    +1
    Except I don't blow by anyone these daze. I'm happy if I don't get shelled by the group on the hill of pain.
    If I climb over a 75 cadence, I will detonate.
    Really, we should try every possible method and use what works best. Then mod as needed.
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    I think bigger guys are better at mashing while skinnier guys are best off spinning.

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    I ride my single speed on the twice per weekend group ride, which is 45 miles (55 for me as I ride to the start and back) with 2600 ft of climbing. Few long hills, many short steep climbs. My cadence will vary from 40-160 over the course of the ride. I seem to manage just fine, and it is not the climbs that I mash that determine whether I get dropped or not.
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