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Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

post #1 of 35
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Has anyone got any info on whats the better/faster way to climb a hill, lower gears and sitting down or higher gear standing up?
I can get up a hill faster standing but theres a lot more effort and im panting at the end.
Do i keep training to do long haul standing for large hills? or do i practice sitting down and trying to get the speed up?
post #2 of 35

Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

If you are looking at endurance and trying be more efficient learn to "Spin" especially if you are doing alot of longer climbs

Speed and stamina will increase gradually with more riding/climbing you do.

- Save your energy and speed for going downhill.
- Plan ahead build your momentum when approaching the hill and try predict the right gear to use you may stall if you suddenly have to jump 2 to 3 gears.
- If you riding a dualie you are probably better sitting pedalling while standing causes alot of bobbing while climbing unless you have lock out.
- Stand if you can comfortably make it up to the top (mostly small hills)
- Riding up technical terrain and erroded trails you'll probably spend most the time out of your seat it's usually a balance of both.

Try not to measure your speed/time purely on your climbs, measure over the whole ride/track. I try to ride to be efficient over the distance I am riding rather than slug it out up all the hills at the beggining and limp home.

At some point you will find the balance between sitting and standing when climbing. Train Train and more training.
post #3 of 35
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Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

Ahh much help!
Yeahb thats pretty much what im aiming for. I just wasnt sure if thats what i SHOULD be aiming for

Currently for smaller hills ill stand, longer harder ones ill do a combo or just sit (depending on the hill)
post #4 of 35

Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

With me it depends on the hill - I tend to be one of those cyclists that likes to power up a hill in a big gear but I need to work on sitting down because sometimes there's a hill thats very steep and very long and riding a 53-19 is just not going to get me to the top.

So yes, it depends on the hill
post #5 of 35

Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?


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Originally Posted by wishes
Has anyone got any info on whats the better/faster way to climb a hill, lower gears and sitting down or higher gear standing up?
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Originally Posted by wishes


I can get up a hill faster standing but theres a lot more effort and im panting at the end.

Do i keep training to do long haul standing for large hills? or do i practice sitting down and trying to get the speed up?




Commit some days to sit down on all the hills you do.



As for which its better it depends. Higher intensities or steep short hills standing can be better. as for normal grade, long hills are more for sitting.



You use less energy sitting like you said. Unless the pace is fast or if the grade is steep. Then you may spend more energy sitting.
post #6 of 35

Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

Don't forget there's always that third options... Walk!

But on a serious note, I wonder what's more energy efficient and faster on a steep hill. To ride up on an appropriate gear or run up pushing your bike?
post #7 of 35

Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

I am so bad at climbing.

I had to get off and walk when my speed fell to 5 km/h. Walking up on cleated shoes are just as tiring as trying to turn the pedals.

I stay seated on most climbs, but thats because its all I can do.

Is more hill climbing the only way to get better at it?
post #8 of 35

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Well, there are MTB shoes/cleats. Isn't that how cyclocross people do it?
post #9 of 35

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Originally Posted by sogood
Don't forget there's always that third options... Walk!

But on a serious note, I wonder what's more energy efficient and faster on a steep hill. To ride up on an appropriate gear or run up pushing your bike?
Walking sucks.
On Technical climbs where the track is uneven standing is about the only option apart from walking. For me sudden switching from spinning/pedalling to running often causes cramps . On more even trails seated often better if on a dualie as standing can cause bobbing = drop in efficiency unless one has lockout.
post #10 of 35

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Originally Posted by Rockslayer
Walking sucks.
On Technical climbs where the track is uneven standing is about the only option apart from walking. For me sudden switching from spinning/pedalling to running often causes cramps . On more even trails seated often better if on a dualie as standing can cause bobbing = drop in efficiency unless one has lockout.
I think we are talking about road biking, no?
post #11 of 35

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Originally Posted by sogood
I think we are talking about road biking, no?
some of it applies for hills in general..
post #12 of 35

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Originally Posted by Fastguppy
some of it applies for hills in general..
Agreed. However, uneven ground and dualie/suspension really aren't applicable for road bikes.
post #13 of 35

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Originally Posted by sogood
Agreed. However, uneven ground and dualie/suspension really aren't applicable for road bikes.
Totally!

I wasn't too sure either I geuss "Mountain bikes" heading for this thread can cover road and offroad MTB riders as it doesn't really say Mountain biking.
post #14 of 35
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Re: Hill Climbs - Stand up? or sit down?

Yeah walking in cleated shoes would be an ass lol.
I road race rather than MTB, though both are cool

Thanks everyone for advice, except for you who suggest that 'walk' thing
post #15 of 35

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Originally Posted by wishes
Yeah walking in cleated shoes would be an ass lol.
I road race rather than MTB, though both are cool

Thanks everyone for advice, except for you who suggest that 'walk' thing
That's why I ride with SPD and MTB shoes, all in anticipation of that bad hill. Fortunately, haven't come across one yet... But I think I should be able to run with mine.
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