Racermate used to make a set of fans that clamped on the seat tube that would provide the extra resistance to slow you down.basso97 said:I went out this last weekend and did the power type drills, and then I road my recumbent tandem on the 4th, I have the power at duration.
From ridding the 2 bike over the same hills I think my problem is gearing. On my road bike I did not have low enough gearing. My lowest gear was a 36-23. I think if I get a 27 on the back I can spin up the hills.
Thank everyone for the help.
I used to live near Lafayette IN and the only hills around were in river valleys. I tried every method available to simulate climbing (this was pre computrainer) and when I moved to Hawaii I found they were all totally ineffective. It's not really the low cadence or high resistance that is the issue, it's the lack of momentum. All the big gear simulations are still at a higher speed where momentum lets you get away with not doing much at the dead spots or pulling up. Climbing on long steep grades takes all that away and you have to work the whole way around to keep things rolling. It's almost like learning to ride again for a flatlander.
A computrainer (or similar computerized load generator) is probably the best ways to work on climbing now. Or you could try Powercranks since they don't let you cheat on pedaling either.