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Walking Uphill...

Old 05-28-08, 12:18 AM
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Walking Uphill...

Is something wrong with me? I tell myself "There's no shame in walking" and "It's alright, I have a single speed beach cruiser", but I feel as if I'm too out of shape or my bike is too limited. I love my bike and I love riding it downhill and on the flats, but I need to own up to this. I may need to change my attitude and learn how to thrive or stop enjoying an easy ride and get a geared bike. How do I go for the former?
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Old 05-28-08, 12:26 AM
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Get a singlespeed that isn't a beach cruiser first of all
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Old 05-28-08, 12:32 AM
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yeah, it's much harder to go up hills when you're pedaling 35 lbs of metal with no foot retention
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They call them "beach cruisers" for a reason.

No shame in that.

To do hills well requires a different bike.

I have a summer fixed gear bike that climbs like a bat; and a winter "Ice Bike" fixed gear built around a mountain bike frame that will handle whatever the road and the weather might throw at it.

If I lived in the Bahamas, I'd feel stupid on either bike.
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If you are walking uphill in a city, look carefully at all the numbers of the buildings/houses you pass. This way it looks like you are nearing a destination you are unsure of, so that's why you're walking.

If you are on the trail, shoulder the bike and run up the hill. That way it looks like you are training for cross.
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane View Post
If you are walking uphill in a city, look carefully at all the numbers of the buildings/houses you pass. This way it looks like you are nearing a destination you are unsure of, so that's why you're walking.
thats funny.
whenever someone passes me, i always get off and stare at my cranks as if i broke something.

as long as you don't walk downhill.
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Well there is nothing wrong with a beach cruiser. Nothing wrong with a SS. A SS beach cruiser is not the best hill climber, but I understand how you feel about pushing up hills. It is embarrassing, so I say----don't do it. Don't push it up hills. Carry it. Pick it up and carry it. I am not kidding. My dad told me when I was a kid that I would never push my bike up a hill, if I couldn't ride it then I'd carry it.

1. It will make you feel better because you are not being weak and pushing it.

2.It will give you an incentive to push a little harder to climb the hill, because who wants to carry a big cruiser up a hill?
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Until you get a more practical bike for riding uphill, which you should definitely do... either a lightweight fixed-gear or a geared bike, I'd reccommend just trying to muscle up the hill as far as you can before walking the bike. Maybe experiment around with climbing up the hill using a zig-zag pattern, it can work fairly well if it's a smaller hill and you have decent momentum. Just keep trying though, that way when you get a better bike you'll have built up some muscle strength and can ride the new bike as fast as you want.
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Originally Posted by dookski View Post
thats funny.
whenever someone passes me, i always get off and stare at my cranks as if i broke something.
You can avoid this^^^^^ kind of stuff by simply carrying it.
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Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
Well there is nothing wrong with a beach cruiser. Nothing wrong with a SS. A SS beach cruiser is not the best hill climber, but I understand how you feel about pushing up hills. It is embarrassing, so I say----don't do it. Don't push it up hills. Carry it. Pick it up and carry it. I am not kidding. My dad told me when I was a kid that I would never push my bike up a hill, if I couldn't ride it then I'd carry it.

1. It will make you feel better because you are not being weak and pushing it.

2.It will give you an incentive to push a little harder to climb the hill, because who wants to carry a big cruiser up a hill?
I actually really like this idea. Thank your dad for me!
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Let the air out of a tire before you go up the hill. That way, you have a legitimate reason to be pushing your bike. If someone offers you air, they're probably onto you. Kick them and take their bike.
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Originally Posted by gharding View Post
Let the air out of a tire before you go up the hill. That way, you have a legitimate reason to be pushing your bike. If someone offers you air, they're probably onto you. Kick them and take their bike.
Now you have TWO bikes to carry uphill. Things are not looking good...
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Originally Posted by Gunmetal_Ghoul View Post
Is something wrong with me? I tell myself "There's nothing but shame in walking. My mother cries for me in her sleep."
fixed it for you.
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Originally Posted by Gunmetal_Ghoul View Post
Is something wrong with me? I tell myself "There's no shame in walking" and "It's alright, I have a single speed beach cruiser", but I feel as if I'm too out of shape or my bike is too limited. I love my bike and I love riding it downhill and on the flats, but I need to own up to this. I may need to change my attitude and learn how to thrive or stop enjoying an easy ride and get a geared bike. How do I go for the former?
Yes you should feel very ashamed.

Even until you get a new bike, force your self to pace and tackle the hill until you run out of muscles, then walk.

If you make a habit of this then you will never walk up hills again.
Pretty soon you'll be a badass and will start passin fools uphill with your killer legs and your badass mentality.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Yes you should feel very ashamed.

Even until you get a new bike, force your self to pace and tackle the hill until you run out of muscles, then walk.

If you make a habit of this then you will never walk up hills again.
Pretty soon you'll be a badass and will start passin fools uphill with your killer legs and your badass mentality.
That's usually what I do first. Try > Fail > Walk. By fail, I mean muscle failure, when I simply can't pedal any more.
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its all about anticipating the hills and getting enough speed before them to get you 1/2 to 3/4 way up. then use br00t force and hard work to get you up the last bit d00000d
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There is no shame in taking your bike for a walk. Giving it a lift is a sweet idea though.
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skitch up the hill.
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I live on top of a short, but steep hill. At 70 gear inches, I have to walk up this hill every time I take my fixed gear out.
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane View Post
If you are on the trail, shoulder the bike and run up the hill. That way it looks like you are training for cross.
I see no reason why you couldn't do this in town also.
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whatever you do, don't get a smaller chainring or a larger freewheel cog.
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Originally Posted by crushkilldstroy View Post
I see no reason why you couldn't do this in town also.
Because you will look crazy. "Oh look, there goes Old Man Crazy McBikerson, carrying his bicycle up a hill. Why doesn't he just push it?"

If you are actually training for cross, you're half crazy anyways so go with it.
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I did a little offroad with my fixed gear the other day so I decided to pick up the bike and run with it a bit just to see what cyclocross would be like, we rode on all kinds of terrain that day, it was fun. If you can carry your bike pretty easily than go for it, I had to walk a hill on the weekend because it was just too much.
 
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It depends on the hill, the bike, and your condition.

As I remember from my youth, the old single speeds tended to be fairly high geared. I think the classic Raleighs were 42:18 or something of the sort.

Last year, I got a Worksman Industrial Cruiser. It's geared 42:21 (or maybe 44:22, I forget)- anyway, 2:1. It feels noticeably lower geared when you hop on it. And I think it's lower geared than any of these SSFG people would ever run on pavement. But, I can go up hills okay if they're not too long or too steep. I also top out a bit lower. Typical cruising speed is about 15 mph max, maybe 17 mph with a bit of tailwind.

So my suggestion is to check into getting a larger rear sprocket and new chain or whatever and see if you can gear that rascal down some to make it more versatile for your conditions.

(Also- typical cruiser has a low seat- raise it for increased pedaling efficiency).
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There is a hill on my daily route to class that occasionally I will have to walk up. I used to have to walk up it all the time when I had my mountain bike and was really out of shape, but no the only reason I ever have to walk is if there is a car in front of me at the stop sign at the bottom. It's not easy to get up a steep hill without any speed.
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