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Old 10-04-08, 07:16 PM
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I made it

At the end of my regular 15mi ride there is a hill that I thought was 2mi down then 2mi up turns out is 1/2 mile slight uphill then 1mi down then 1 1/2 miles up. I have been turning around and going back today I took the plunge.On the 1mi down I had to use the brake to slow down.The 1 1/2 miles up was not to bad then I turned around and came back.On the brakes down then the 1mi up it is a little steeper. I was out of the saddle for most of the climb and my legs were on fire at the top but I made it.Then I cruised the
8mi home.LIFE IS GOOD
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Old 10-04-08, 07:22 PM
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I know the feeling! It's a great satisfaction to make it to the top of a difficult climb.
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Congratulations

I'll never "love" hills but it does feel good to be able to climb ones I avoided a couple years ago.
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Old 10-05-08, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
Congratulations

I'll never "love" hills but it does feel good to be able to climb ones I avoided a couple years ago.
That first climb up a hill will never be forgotten. It will make you realise that at long last the bike is not to be feared- the legs are stronger than they were a few months ago and you have reached your first achievement level.





Either that or you wish you had bought a house on the Flatlands and wonder whether it is going to be worth moving.
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You should try to stay seated on climbs as much as you can. It's a lot more tiring to stand the whole climb. Try to use the lowest gears you need to keep spinning as much as possible while staying seated. Keep shifting down as it gets harder. Stand when you need to, like just to get over the top when you start running out of gas before you get there, or if there are any humps to get over on the climb itself. The brownie points are for getting there, not how fast you did it necessarily.

While you're going up, try to maximize your leg extension by sliding back on the saddle a bit, and whatever type of handlebar you have, your goal is to make breathing as easy as possible when climbing, not to maximize aerodynamics. So, sit up, not down.

It is pretty satisfying to get up there though, isn't' it?

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Old 10-05-08, 08:33 AM
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Way to go, keep conquering those boogie men.

I agree with Longfemur that it is best to stay seated as much as possible on a long climb. When you start to lose momentum in your lowest gear, try shifting up a cog or two and stand just long enough to increase your speed a bit. Then sit down and shift down and try to keep the cranks spinning. Think circles.
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As you go up, repeat to yourself: "Hills are my friends, hills are my friends........"
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Way to go, keep conquering those boogie men.

I agree with Longfemur that it is best to stay seated as much as possible on a long climb. When you start to lose momentum in your lowest gear, try shifting up a cog or two and stand just long enough to increase your speed a bit. Then sit down and shift down and try to keep the cranks spinning. Think circles.
yes I agree with you and longfemur and that is what I would have done except I was riding my fixed gear the geared bike would have been to easy lol
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You should have noted the use of your fixed gear bike in the first post!

Definitely a more notable achievement.
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Congratulations on your first long climb with a fixed gear bike! I rode my fixed gear today but it was a recovery ride with only one slight climb. One day I'll get the courage to attack a long steep climb on my fixed gear . . . but it hasn't happened yet!

Re: Sitting and standing, I agree that sitting while climbing is better, and usually faster, but standing (esp. with the fixed gear) is a good option to have as well!

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Originally Posted by VROD View Post
yes I agree with you and longfemur and that is what I would have done except I was riding my fixed gear the geared bike would have been to easy lol
Funny thing is I almost added to my post that none of this would apply on a fixie or single speed.
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
You should have noted the use of your fixed gear bike in the first post!

Definitely a more notable achievement.
Since I got my fixed gear I seldom ride my geared bikes unless the weather is bad then I ride my mountain bike so I didn't think about it.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Way to go, keep conquering those boogie men.

I agree with Longfemur that it is best to stay seated as much as possible on a long climb. When you start to lose momentum in your lowest gear, try shifting up a cog or two and stand just long enough to increase your speed a bit. Then sit down and shift down and try to keep the cranks spinning. Think circles.
I like that advice and found it to be true , spinning that is, I now know how to keep that going by standing in a higer gear for a bit to get speed up. I am learning a lot here , thanks!
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
As you go up, repeat to yourself: "Hills are my friends, hills are my friends........"
when I read this I thought about when I was about 25 I had a friend I rode with regular he was 6 ft 8 in tall and around 230 lbs he was killer on flat but could not climb well.I am 5ft 10in and 148 about the same as I weigh now.One sunday we rode about 100mi I sprinted every hill and would say I love hills and would sprint up the hill and drop him.When we got to the last hill I was completely worn out from playing with him all day and he dropped me. When I caught back up to him he was still out of breath he looked a me and said I still hate those damn hills.I still see him from time to time and he still talks about when he beat me up that hill.I don't love hills as much but I don't hate them yet
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