Hill climbing - weighty issues

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Peddle Up!
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Hill climbing - weighty issues

Postby Peddle Up! » Mon Oct 15, 2012 08:43 am

I've noticed that in spin classes I find it easier to "hill start" (high resistance, pedal at the top of stroke, standing up) than my lighter classmates. Does being heavier confer a similar advantage when climbing out of the saddle?

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Re: Hill climbing - weighty issues

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Mon Oct 15, 2012 09:10 am

NO.

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Re: Hill climbing - weighty issues

Postby Peddle Up! » Mon Oct 15, 2012 09:23 am

ALIHISGREAT wrote:NO.


I thought not. :cry: I guess the difference being spin is static, whereas in climbing you need to move the weight up the hill. Worth a shot. :)
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Re: Hill climbing - weighty issues

Postby Bobbinogs » Mon Oct 15, 2012 09:28 am

Why not take your spin bike out onto the Painswick Beacon hill and let us know how you get on??

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Re: Hill climbing - weighty issues

Postby Peddle Up! » Mon Oct 15, 2012 09:39 am

Bobbinogs wrote:Why not take your spin bike out onto the Painswick Beacon hill and let us know how you get on??



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Re: Hill climbing - weighty issues

Postby springtide9 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:09 pm

You will produce more power out of the saddle than a lighter rider (at a slow cadence), but you need more power to get up the hill, so being heavier is a disadvantage overall.

Interestingly, an unproven observation from looking at power figures and climbing, with a very slow cadence compared to the same power at a higher cadence, you appear to climb noticeably faster at the higher cadence.

As I say it is unproven and just an observation of mine(that might be completely wrong), but I wonder if holding a speed is more efficient (as in a higher cadence) - compared with acceleration/deceleration effort when you are just weight transferring from pedal to petal (very slow cadence)
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