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Old 05-16-16, 06:46 PM
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About three feet, then I fall over and walk up.

Yes, I live in the flatlands.
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Old 05-16-16, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Joe Friel shares his opinions Joe Friel - Hills: Sit or Stand? with a few hints based on pounds per inch
This is really good! I haven't seen this expressed so concisely before. That explains a lot about those that sit versus stand on climbs.

I'm relatively light versus my height and have strong legs from years of running. I like standing with a slow cadence as if I'm trying to sprint uphill and push off with my toes.
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One thing I am not seeing a lot of talk on is pulling up on the pedals. When I stand, I put a lot of weight on my hands. This allows my to pull up a lot without overloading the "down" muscles. In fact, I often partially rest my "down" muscles climbing out of the saddle, either because the need it or my chrondomalacia knees want a break.

I pull seriously hard when I do this. and I pull seriously hard going up steep hills on big gears. When I rode up the steepest climb in the recent history of Cycle Oregon 42-17 fixed, I was pulling for all I was worth on the 14% stretches. Soaping up my arms later hurt! My logo photo was taken at the steepest point. (If someone tells me how to post a photo, I'll show it here.)

Edit: and in conjunction with this, I have to use high quality toestraps and aluminum slotted cleats in good condition or I pull my feet out. (And pulling out with clipless isn't fun when you are pulling that hard! Yeah, it never happens if you keep your feet properly in line. But pulling that hard while probably that gassed, thinking about my feet doesn't happen.)

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Old 05-17-16, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
This is my attitude, I like to stay in the saddle, standing only to change up the muscles for a minute or two. I just rode the Almanzo 100 km Saturday, this ride has some viscous hills (& on gravel roads). I climbed nearly all of them on the saddle.
I gotta get me some a' that!
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Old 05-17-16, 04:27 AM
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Only recently has this been something I've worked on. For the first year or so, I would NEVER stand, but there were times when it was all I could do to maintain cadence in the easiest gear. Like @caloso I have a little hill that I do repeats on, sometimes making a point of standing the whole way, but it's shorter - 2:30 at a comfortable pace, PR of 1:05. When I did it in about 1:15 recently, that was probably the longest I've stood continuously. Normally, it's just to get over a bump or a particularly steep bit, probably 30 seconds, tops. I try to gauge the grade to avoid having to sit back down before it eases up.
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Developing a smooth efficient and powerful out of the saddle style when sitting isn't an option is one key training effect of road miles on the FG.
I didn't think of that, but that would explain my increasing satisfaction with my ability to ride while standing. Haven't put a LOT of miles on the FG, but indeed, there have been plenty of times when sitting wasn't an option!
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
Only recently has this been something I've worked on. For the first year or so, I would NEVER stand, but there were times when it was all I could do to maintain cadence in the easiest gear. Like @caloso I have a little hill that I do repeats on, sometimes making a point of standing the whole way, but it's shorter - 2:30 at a comfortable pace, PR of 1:05. When I did it in about 1:15 recently, that was probably the longest I've stood continuously. Normally, it's just to get over a bump or a particularly steep bit, probably 30 seconds, tops. I try to gauge the grade to avoid having to sit back down before it eases up.

I didn't think of that, but that would explain my increasing satisfaction with my ability to ride while standing. Haven't put a LOT of miles on the FG, but indeed, there have been plenty of times when sitting wasn't an option!

I have been doing just this the last year or so. I have on particular hill at the end of my regular ride that I would stand for a while (< 1 min) and would be in pain almost right away. After many , many miles over the last year I can stand the entire time, maybe 5 min or so and not be too bad off. I need to be in a high gear with a lot of resistance on the crank to do it, I even manage to pull off a few standing upshifts which still scare me a little despite my well tuned gear.

I think this is either progress or good pain management but no matter, I like it.
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I prefer to sit when climbing. My legs seem tire more rapidly when standing.
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Old 05-17-16, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
In crank revolutions, how long do you typically stand while climbing before returning to the saddle?
That's like asking Chuck Norris how many push-ups he can do:

All of them.
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Originally Posted by Long Tom View Post
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I always shift down 3 gears before I stand (sometimes 2, but mostly 3). If I can just trudge along then I do that -- but if I'm gaining speed, I just keep gaining until my RPM's are to a point where I'd feel more comfortable sitting, and then I sit. If RPM's fall back down, I'll stand again.
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Originally Posted by bykemike View Post
I I even manage to pull off a few standing upshifts which still scare me a little despite my well tuned gear.

I think this is either progress or good pain management but no matter, I like it.
Yes, there is a point in the development of a rhythm when standing where shifting to a harder gear just flows. You'll be accelerating slightly, then just let that level off and the chain slide down before accelerating some more. It's really awesome when you get the timing right, and can go over the top accelerating and sit down because cadence demands it and you need to tuck in.
What gets noisy and sloppy is when you reach a kind of exhaustion unexpectedly instead, and plop back down on the saddle and sort of panic to get an easier gear before the hill takes away all your momentum.

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Old 05-17-16, 06:03 AM
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The correct answer is 41 seconds.
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
...this ride has some viscous hills ...
They're the worst, exceeded only by mucoid mountains.

I stand for as long as I need to, so it varies. A few seconds for a change of pace or to get over a particularly challenging part. One minute is fine for a gradual climb. Two minutes starts to feel like a long time, though...
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
They're the worst, exceeded only by mucoid mountains.
I don't know, 5W-30 has always kicked my butt more than phlegm.
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