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A strange thing happened on my Sunday ride yesterday..(7 posts)

A strange thing happened on my Sunday ride yesterday..John-d
Dec 3, 2001 5:45 AM
usually whenever I meet proper cyclists they sail straight by and disapear into the distance never to be seen again. Since the summer though I have been doing some cycling orientated gymn work and increased the length of my ride. I now do 35 miles sort of hilly and it takes 2 to 2.5 hours depending.

Well, yesterday I was passed by what looked like a serious cyclist out training, who proceeded to ride away, but then coincidently the road tilted upwards for about a 3 mile climb. Guess what, I caught him up at about the half way mark and stayed with him easily. Interestingly he was riding a 'big' gear with a lot of standing up whereas I sat down and spun a low gear, as per the perceived wisdom of this site. He turned off with a friendly wave just as I was contemplating doing my bit on the front.

5 miles later on a rolling section of road I came across another one this was a 'huge' gear masher, both him and the gear. The same strange thing happened, on the flat he just rode away, when the road tilted up I seemed to just ride up behind him, this seemed to be due to the fact that he just did not shift below what looked like his 53 x 16, whereas I switched around 53 x 21 or 23.

Does this mean I am actually improving or does spinning rally give these results or is it all just down to the new lightweight bike? I certainly felt strange.

I don't mean this as an ego trip only to share and perhaps encourage other newcomers.


The only thing you can read into this is...mr_spin
Dec 3, 2001 7:56 AM
You've probably gotten better.

The guys you encountered may have been out doing big gear work for a purpose. What you shouldn't assume is:

Big gears are evil.
Spinning is the holy grail.

Ride your own ride. Enjoy.
re: A strange thing happened on my Sunday ride yesterday..MikeC
Dec 3, 2001 8:52 AM
Remember that big man Cipo blows up in the mountains, while Elefantino refers to the little guy's ears, not the power of his charge across the savannah.
re: Keep up the good work....dzrider
Dec 3, 2001 10:11 AM
There's no magic way up the hill, so it's pretty safe to conclude you've made some progress in your cardio-vascular fitness. For many reasons it not as clear to measure progress vs other riders. Set a few bench marks and measure progress against yourself.
probably building strengthjacques
Dec 3, 2001 10:31 AM
The time to build strength is just about now. If you don't lift, you can alternatively ride huge gears uphill once or twice a week - slowly. Most current training programs include this regimen. It's no way to get up a hill quickly and efficiently, of course.
re: A strange thing happened on my Sunday ride yesterday..morey
Dec 3, 2001 10:41 AM
I am a gear masher. I have been up a hill with a spinning technique, which admittedly is poor, and using big gears. I find it is easier for me to stan and push big gears on a hill of less than a 1/4 mile. However, if the hill is longer, I use both.
re: A strange thing happened on my Sunday ride yesterday..Woof the dog
Dec 3, 2001 11:30 PM
you shouldn't ride 53/21 or 23 19 should be the maximum or you risk snapping a chain if you ride like this for a while, especially knowing how light they make the chains these days. Remember, if you don't hurt (out of breath, feel like shit) out on a training ride, you wont get better. Gym work or no gym work, best thing for biking is biking.