Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Montréal, QC (Canada)
Bikes: 2008 Surly LHT complete & 1988-ish fuglyfixed Specialized RockHopper
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For what it's worth I am trying to perfect a technique that a friend tought me. Maybe it's noobish, but I'll throw caution to the wind as I've been riding with regular pedals for years and am new to clips.
Normally, I pedal "pushing down". Yes, I know, we're all supposed to pull too, or even eventually achieve a full circular movement where are muscles are always pushing perpendicaular to the cranks, but I havent managed to do that efficiently for more than 1 nanosecond yet.
When I get to a hill, my lega are already warmed up and my "push down the pedals" muscles have been working for a while. When they get tired, I try to start "reverse pedaling", a.k.a. ""pulling instead of pushing", and it uses a whole other group of muscles altogether. Anyways, for short hills, it helps me push forward without losing too much speed and without becoming too tired.
I find that method useful on long days (long for me), ~120km.