Power for steep climbs advice please

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Mikey23
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Re: Power for steep climbs advice please

Postby Mikey23 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 20:42 pm

Will do!

djm501
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Re: Power for steep climbs advice please

Postby djm501 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:04 am

Nice one and all the best of luck, from a crazy middle aged bloke who also enjoys the climbing :-)

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Re: Power for steep climbs advice please

Postby topcattim » Sun Mar 03, 2013 23:32 pm

Along with all the other advice about training and sticking at it, I think the Cobo advice is bang on. Look at your gears to select one that you can use at 80 to 100 rpm. I prefer 90+ but you will have to find your own preference but it is amazing how much easier it is both mentally and physically to put out the same amount of power at a higher than lower cadence. Also try to anticipate the gradient change to work through the gears to keep this steady rate throughout the climb; you don't want to be spinning like a mad thing at the start but grinding away at the top.

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Re: Power for steep climbs advice please

Postby elderone » Mon Mar 04, 2013 13:30 pm

Practice and riding and time is generally best advice.To be fair the steepest I,ve climbed is cat 3 and never had to walk yet,but I am in granny gear(was 39-26 now changed to 34-30) and no where near 90 cadence.Sometimes on the really steep bits its a case of just turning the pedals to keep moving and gritting ones teeth.Speed will in prove for sure,but getting up is all that matters,for now.
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Re: Power for steep climbs advice please

Postby TommyB61 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 13:39 pm

elderone wrote:Sometimes on the really steep bits its a case of just turning the pedals to keep moving and gritting ones teeth.Speed will in prove for sure,but getting up is all that matters,for now.


Spot on.


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