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Old 10-21-17, 06:15 PM
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Sit or stand?

Sorry if this has been discussed....
Do you sit or stand when climbing on gravel?
Why or why not?
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I do both on climbs.

It depends on how i feel at the time(% grade, how far into the ride, etc).

But it also depends on the surface. Around here, each gravel road is different- one is loose, one is sparse, on is hardpack, etc.
Ill happily stand on a hardpack or sparse climb.
I cant stand on loose or full gravel climbs because i spin out...too much weight up front.
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depends , sit and you wheelie, stand and you get wheel spin and lose traction ..
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Sit and keep the weight forward. Tends to reduce spin and wheelies.
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Originally Posted by tangerineowl
Sit and keep the weight forward. Tends to reduce spin and wheelies.
When it gets really steep and loose, but you aren't quite sitting, more hovering over the nose of the saddle to get your weight more directly over the contact patch on the rear wheel.

I haven't had a concern with wheelies on my CX bike. The geometry is forward enough that the 40mm knobbies lose traction on loose stuff before the slope is steep enough for the front end to lift.

On a mountain bike, however, there is a real balancing act to do to keep the front wheel planted while maximizing traction on the steep and loose. The technique is much the same, but you need to get your chest down closer to the stem, similar to how it might be if you were in the drops in a CX bike.
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standing on the gravel around here is not easy. If it's not too steep, you can stand fairly far back and do ok. My riding style on the road has also changed from standing to sitting as a result of all the gravel I have ridden.
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I sit as much as I can to ensure smooth power delivery and maximum traction (clipped in to use the full pedal stroke).

If traction is good, I might stand to sprint over the top, but really standing for me is only for short high power efforts.
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