Old 07-25-03, 07:07 AM
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i voted seated as i NOW do almost all my climbing seated most of the time, ALTHOUGH standing every so often to change up and refresh/stretch is good. and there are times when standing is more appropriate (like cresting the hill to "sprint")

but my climbing has really improved and a lot is from shifting down and staying in the saddle and spinning -- a lot is also b/c this is now my 3rd summer in the Alps and i routinely ride 2000-6000meters of vertical (6,000-20,000ft) a week (over 65,000m vert in 2002 and on track for much more this year!)

in climbing the aero aspect is no usually important.

if you run out of gears on a steep climb then you have no choice but to stand. (but on my 9spd MTB i have a 22 x 34 so never run out of gears)
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