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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 02-23-11, 08:40 PM
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As a new cyclist I'd just like to say...

Hills effing suck. At what point in your cycling experience did they become more managable/easier?
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Old 02-23-11, 08:42 PM
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They never stop sucking. You just get faster so it doesn't suck for as long.

If this stuff was easy, everyone would do it.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by NYJayhawk View Post
They never stop sucking. You just get faster so it doesn't suck for as long.

If this stuff was easy, everyone would do it.
Word. What suck more than hills is headwind.
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They'll be easier or you'll be faster when you hit your goal weight.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Word. What suck more than hills is headwind.
The worst is hills and head wind combined. I always turn back when that happens.


Hills do get easier as you start riding more, but they still suck.
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Originally Posted by NYJayhawk View Post
They never stop sucking. You just get faster so it doesn't suck for as long.

If this stuff was easy, everyone would do it.

This post has more truth than any other post on BF
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I only had 1 hill last year where I had to get off the bike and walk up the last steep section. This year, one of my goals is to conquer that dang hill. I also plan on riding my first century this year too (and it has lots of climbing).
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Hills only suck for me if I'm hauling my groceries in my adult trike with front and rear baskets. Any other time I love hills

But then again I'm one of those weirdos who likes the suffering, even though I suck at climbing compared to the roadies who fly past me
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But!!! It looks like you have a weight loss goal in mind... Just think of the pain in your quads as HUGE amounts of calories burned!

Pain is good.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Word. What suck more than hills is headwind.
Can't remember who said it, but I am reminded of a saying I heard recently. Hills make you strong, wind makes you mean.
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Famous Greg Lemond quote " It never stops hurting, you just go faster. " There is a lot of truth in this statement. I noticed many decades ago that even after getting in shape enough to string together 10 centuries or longer in ten days, hills, never mind hills, cycling- always hurt. I was always suffering. My wife succinctly said of" course it hurts, your an idiot." and suggested I just go slower. I tried out this very reasonable suggestion and found that I failed miserably. I simply could not get on a bike and not push myself , but had to max out or nearly max out every time, all the time. It is my sickness. I envy the noodlers. I wish I could just slow down, enjoy the scenery and the sights , sounds and smells. Maybe someday. Maybe I need a self dialing pacemaker. Force my rate down . Yeah, that's it.
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Originally Posted by fishymamba View Post
The worst is hills and head wind combined. I always turn back when that happens.


Hills do get easier as you start riding more, but they still suck.
Really, I remember a day where at the bottom of the hill, I started going up the next hill on a really windy day. In the trough there was no wind, very still. As I crested the hill and started down the hill the wind was extreme to the extent that I needed to shift down further to go down the hill in the wind. Now that was an emotional screw job.
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Originally Posted by sd790 View Post
Can't remember who said it, but I am reminded of a saying I heard recently. Hills make you strong, wind makes you mean.
That is awesome! I never get pissed at a hill, but a freaking headwind will make me curse out loud.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Famous Greg Lemond quote " It never stops hurting, you just go faster. " There is a lot of truth in this statement. I noticed many decades ago that even after getting in shape enough to string together 10 centuries or longer in ten days, hills, never mind hills, cycling- always hurt. I was always suffering. My wife succinctly said of" course it hurts, your an idiot." and suggested I just go slower. I tried out this very reasonable suggestion and found that I failed miserably. I simply could not get on a bike and not push myself , but had to max out or nearly max out every time, all the time. It is my sickness. I envy the noodlers. I wish I could just slow down, enjoy the scenery and the sights , sounds and smells. Maybe someday. Maybe I need a self dialing pacemaker. Force my rate down . Yeah, that's it.
I have this problem as well.
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I love climbing, but that's 'cause excel at it.
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Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
Hills only suck for me if I'm hauling my groceries in my adult trike with front and rear baskets.
How many bags of food do you usually haul?
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People here don't get it.
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Originally Posted by sd790 View Post
Can't remember who said it, but I am reminded of a saying I heard recently. Hills make you strong, wind makes you mean.
+1

I also like RacerOne's custom user title: "Hills hurt.. Couches kill". So true!

But my favorite is this blog by Jonathan Vaughters, CEO and Director Sportif of Team Garmin-Transitions (and ex-pro cyclist). Scroll down a bit for his rules of climbing. I especially like Rule 1 and Rule 2
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
How many bags of food do you usually haul?
As many as I can fit in the baskets. I am car-light and the ride to my local WalMart Supercenter is probably 5 or more miles each way, so I try to make the most of the trip.

Don't forget the fact that this is a steel-framed trike with steel rims and 24x1.75 tires that are only supposed to be inflated to 40 psi, yet I always cheat and put in 50. 40 just sucks way too much!
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Hill are usually the only opportunity at an advantage that I have over others, so I enjoy them. Don't give up hope on them yet, they may win you over.

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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
I have this problem as well.
I sense from your post address that you might be a Marine. I was stationed 4 years with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC. I had a full Col. come in with a hernia. This guy looked like a piece of beef jerky in uniform, fatless, wiry, dark tan. During the exam I noticed a 5 inch by 2 inch area over his sacrum that was MIssing the skin, raw, bleeding, oozing serum.
"Sir" I asked. "What's going on here"
"Sit-ups"
" How many sit-ups sir"
"2000 a day""Well you may want to take a break here and let it heal a bit"
"**** that, Let's just get it done"
A different tribe for sure.
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I love hills. They give me a challenge and make me a better cyclist.
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You can also try dropping your heels when going uphill. Works for me...doesn't make it suck less, just makes the sucking go faster.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
What suck more than hills is headwind.
Now headwinds do suck.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Famous Greg Lemond quote " It never stops hurting, you just go faster. " There is a lot of truth in this statement. I noticed many decades ago that even after getting in shape enough to string together 10 centuries or longer in ten days, hills, never mind hills, cycling- always hurt. I was always suffering. My wife succinctly said of" course it hurts, your an idiot." and suggested I just go slower. I tried out this very reasonable suggestion and found that I failed miserably. I simply could not get on a bike and not push myself , but had to max out or nearly max out every time, all the time. It is my sickness. I envy the noodlers. I wish I could just slow down, enjoy the scenery and the sights , sounds and smells. Maybe someday. Maybe I need a self dialing pacemaker. Force my rate down . Yeah, that's it.
You know what sucks? I've lost 50 pounds due to climbing and have 40 more to go, yet the more I ride, the more some hills hurt. It's not consistent either. Sometimes an 8%-11% grade will hurt more than a 15%-19% grade. Sometimes it's the other way around. Sometimes the beginning of the climb hurts and the rest of the climb doesn't. Sometimes it's the other way around. Sometimes it doesn't hurt at all.

And sometimes the whole damn climb hurts. FAT SUCKS
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