Help with hills
I'm very new to mtn biking. I used to ride road (until I destroyed my bike), and now I've gotten back into biking. Mostly I ride flat trails, but I'd really like to do more hills. My problem is that anything more than 20 ft kills me. I feel I should be able to do more since I run and bike regularly. Am I doing someting wrong or is it that I'm just not used to it? It's really frustrating!
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Well, just remember you are just getting back into biking, so it will take a while to get your muscles that you use for cycling the most, back up to par. Also, are you making sure you're trying to shift into an easy gear before you start your climb?
Give it time. It'll get easier!
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Originally Posted by azonicrider188a
cadence, effort, breathing
Focus on your cadence, effort, and breathing on long climbs and keep your eye's 20 or so feet on front of you- not the top of the climb or you'll tend to psych yourself out. Keep your cadence, effort and breathing managable and you'll settle into a comfortable pace. As you get stronger you can attack shorter climbs but long climbs are all about settling in to a rythm where you are comfortable. Often times as you climb you'll feel more comfortable as you go along and can pick up the pace a little but don't blow yourself up. Just settle in, stick with it, and before you know it you'll be at the top.
Yes, I downshift... all the way to GG, but I'm still huffing and puffing... and then walking
Originally Posted by psinsyd
There's a special satisfacion in being able to conquer longer and steeper hills whether they're single track, trail, or even paved as they all pose challenges. This steep singletrack areas that come replete with rocks and roots are the best as they pose the most challenge..
Cadence, effort and breathing are all part of good riding techniques and conditioning is essential... the climbs that used to set my legs afire a month ago aren't nearly the challenge they were. Make sure that you're keeping the engine well fuelled, don't overdo it, and allow for plenty of rest and recuperation as moving a MB up a steep hill requires a great deal more power than one needs on a road bike..
I prefer to power up hills rather than spin my way to the top although the technique depends on what kind of hill you're climbing.
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from what i've read you want to keep at least 70 revolution per minute going up hill. just keep at it, you'll find what works best for you
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