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Postby Graham K » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:41 am

Probably been covered many times before,

I feel I can ride all day, but put a hill infront of me and i struggle, the legs are there but the lungs aint, is it just a case of keep on keeping on and practice hills or is there a technique.
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Postby keef66 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:18 am

it has. Try a search for hills or climbing technique. You should find all the stuff various people typed last week. I've got my mid year appraisal in 5 minutes; hope they haven't been monitoring my internet use!
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Postby will3 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:23 am

There's something, someone in Newmarket giving advice to someone in Lancashire about hills :lol: :wink:
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Postby Rouge Penguin » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:40 pm

Ride them, ride them, ride them again. They get easier.
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Postby bearfraser » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:53 pm

Cadence and right gear a the start usually works for me and yes they do get easier
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Postby leehellcat » Tue Jul 06, 2010 13:02 pm

bearfraser wrote:Cadence and right gear a the start usually works for me and yes they do get easier

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Postby keef66 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 13:07 pm

Nobody said anything about BIG hills. :D

Anyway, internet abuse didn't come up in my appraisal so I'm back with more time to spare.

I have a triple cos I'm old and have knackered knees, and tend to stay seated, spinning away at a pace I know I can sustain for the whole hill.

I only go up a gear and get out of the saddle

i) to give my legs a change of scenery
ii) if I'm in my lowest gear and still struggling seated
iii) if I'm blasting up a short incline
iv) if I'm passing someone I think should have a better view of my @rse.
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Re: Hills

Postby Graham K » Sun Nov 18, 2012 15:38 pm

I am improving, where I would dodge a hill I am now taking it on, did read somewhere about not looking up as that can defeat you, so head down and nice and steady, not spinning but not struggling either, its getting there, room for improvement :mrgreen:
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Re: Hills

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Sun Nov 18, 2012 16:15 pm

Technique and power-to-weight ratio are important..
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Re: Hills

Postby mick1355 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 17:36 pm

ALIHISGREAT wrote:Technique and power-to-weight ratio are important..

As said, stay as relaxed as possible, spin at a cadence thats comfortable and over 50rpm, and build your leg strength up, I'n not a naturally fast spinner, so a bit of a grinder, but I worked on this and do well on the climbs now, plenty of strength pyramids on the bike and weekly stomps.
The best thing i ever did on advise was "Dont fear the hills, look forward to them"
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Re: Hills

Postby twotyred » Sun Nov 18, 2012 18:14 pm

Ride them, ride them, ride them again. They get easier.

It never gets easier you just get faster :D
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Re: Hills

Postby Herbsman » Sun Nov 18, 2012 19:56 pm

Have you tried pedaling?
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Re: Hills

Postby TakeTurns » Sun Nov 18, 2012 20:04 pm

Hills reps, lots of it. Don't bang out a load of hills in one day. Do a few decent efforts a couple times a week. Its the best way to increase your VO2max. This will improve your climbing. If you can ride all day, you are not training your VO2max.
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Re: Hills

Postby schleckster » Wed Nov 21, 2012 23:26 pm

Maybe pick a few routes with different kinds of hills, one route with a very steep one, another route with less steep but longer ones, another mixed etc and repeat ride the routes, one day you will be getting to the top and thinking that wasn't nearly as bad as it used to be.

This doesn't mean it hurts any less or they are getting easier, your conditioning is just getting better, muscle strength building and your aerobic/anaerobic fitness improving (the longer hills will help improve the former and the shorter ones, where you might want to try being a bit more explosive on the pedals, the latter). Sometimes it's best just to look down, other times to appreciate the view on the way up.
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Re: Hills

Postby Reane_Machine » Thu Nov 22, 2012 20:01 pm

Someone on this forum gave me some great advice (sorry I don't recall whom) to start at the bottom of the hill in spinning mode and gradually increase gears as you feel more comfortable.

Tried it the day after on my local molehill and it worked a treat. Tried it on a bigger hill a few days later and it is a grat way to climb. All i'd say is don't go too far out of your comfort zone; spending a few minutes in a big gear to really push yourself is alright and it's something I do towards the crest of the hill to really boost the sense of achievement.

I used to be a grinder but now I've switched to this it works so much better for me (not to mention my Strava profile).
Hills are like half life - they wait until you're 50% recovered from one before hitting you in the face with the next.


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