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Cycling Training for Climbs When You Donít Have Hills

Old 05-12-21, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
I don't think it is possible to become good climber without actually climbing real hills. If you want to be a strong climber there is no substitute for going outside and riding real hills. Indoor training just doesn't cut it, high efforts on flat terrain isn't good enough. You need to climb real hills if you ever hope to become a strong climber. ..Go ahead and disagree with me if you want, I don't care, I stand by what I said.
To climb well you need a high power to weight ratio. You donít need to climb hills to lose weight and you donít need hills to train power. Mentally, I find it much easier to maintain power on a climb than on the flats.
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Old 05-12-21, 06:35 AM
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104 miles with 11,684' I began riding in the 53/12 for miles at a time holding 15mph to 19mph standing into the wind. Worked for me at age 66
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Old 05-12-21, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
I began riding in the 53/12 for miles at a time holding 15mph to 19mph standing into the wind. Worked for me at age 66
That suggests a cadence of 45Ė55 RPM. You must be your orthopedic surgeon's favorite patient.
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Old 05-12-21, 09:18 AM
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That suggests a cadence of 45Ė55 RPM. You must be your orthopedic surgeon's favorite patient.
His successes suggest the opposite. Stress is how one gets strong. When I do high rep deep squats, my cadence is 20-30. My knees are fine. I also do low cadence seated pedaling, whereas this strong man was doing it standing.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
When I do high rep deep squats, my cadence is 20-30. My knees are fine. I also do low cadence seated pedaling, whereas this strong man was doing it standing.
Yes, low cadence pedaling, in or out of the saddle, is no more dangerous than walking up stairsówhen done with good technique.

It's still a very good idea to gradually build up the effort. A strength imbalance in your leg or hip muscles can cause knee injury.
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