Climbing Hills

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Grenouille, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Grenouille

    Grenouille Grenouille

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    What's the consensus -- downshift and keep up cadence? Or stand on the pedals?

    I see many more people standing on their pedals, but i'm of the downshift school. (Keeps with my general approach to riding, start slow and then taper off ;-)
     
  2. BigJoey

    BigJoey Patrol Biker

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    i down shift of course my hills are small grades.....
     

  3. awinter

    awinter No longer a newb!

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    Downshift and SPIN like mad. Takes too much out of me to mash the pedals especially if its a lengthy uphill section.
     
  4. wild

    wild Yesterday tired old man, Today retired old man

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    spin spin spin for me
     
  5. flanderscycling

    flanderscycling New Member

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    Its not necessary to slow down just because its going uphill.......
    Keep pushing!
     
  6. cruiser

    cruiser Lone Wolf

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    Depends on the hill.;)
     
  7. LarryM

    LarryM Eocyclist

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    I try to maintain a constant effort while climbing. I stay seated, downshift, and spin at whatever it takes to keep moving. If I run out low gears, I'll slow the cadence. The only time I stand is when the bike threatens to stall in the lowest gear, or if the hill is so steep that I have to shift weight forward to keep the front wheel from lifting up.
     
  8. SG78

    SG78 New Member

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    I'd rather stand and mash, but I've been making more of an effort to downshift and raise my cadence since talking to a friend about this very subject. I took some hills today downshifting and my breathing was fine, even with the dry weather we've been having.
     
  9. michael2u

    michael2u New Member

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    I would rather suggest stand on pedals and keep up cadence but, it depends on the type of hill and the steepness of the slope. I have tried this on smaller hills but not on larger ones as I have not gained perfectness till now.:) Timing matters a lot.
     
  10. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    I was told years ago to down shift until you run out of gears then stand or stand if the front wheel is lifting to transfer weight.

    The reason I was told to downshift was due to the pressure put on the chain,sprockets and overall rear end of the bike. To stay in a high gear and muscle it could damage components or pull the tire out of line, or torque parts causing damage.
     
  11. retromike3

    retromike3 retromike3

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    down shift or else

    I make sure that I have one lower gear to shift down to if I can't quite make it up the hill. I have been told it is acutely more work for you to push the bike up the hill than it is to ride it.

    I like running triples in the front. Looking down on those little gears gives me some solace.

    I have some seriously low gears on my bikes on my road bike I have a 22-32 and on my curser I have a 26-32. on my old touring bike I have a 24-30. I don't use them very much, but its nice to know that they are around when I need them to "bailout"