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Gears and Climbing(4 posts)

Gears and ClimbingQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
May 16, 2002 8:24 AM
I've been trying to spin my gears now up climbs, but i doesn't seem to work. Before i used to mash heavy gears. Now when i get in a low gear and go i am limeted to 60rpm. If i go in a heavier gear it still will remain 60 rpm, so the bigger gear the faster i go. So how do i pass this threshold and spin up climbs, tips/opinions? thanks guys
May 16, 2002 8:46 AM
If you want to climb faster then yes, you put out more effort and mash big gears. If you want to take it easy on your knees and legs and climb everything then gear down, and conserve energy. Sure you can spend some time on a gerbil wheel and develop a fast spin, but you can't get away from the simple physics that it takes a certain amount of power to raise a mass a given height in a certain amount of time (power, by definition).

It's pretty obvious when you think about it - an out of shape person needs a triple and part of the afternoon to get up something that a pro will storm in the big ring in no time. The difference is the power to weight ratio and if they both weigh the same then it's all a matter of power and how much can you put out. Now before everyone start saying "but Lance used a triple" realize that it's all relative and in the context of the big picture - you can be running gears to large for a given hill. So while Lance would be in a triple, we'd be looking for a quad. Ultimately the devil is in the details.
re: try to alternatecyclopathic
May 16, 2002 9:04 AM
spinning taxes more secondary muscles then mashing, so if you mashed for a while, your secondary muscles may not be up to task and yes you'd be more efficient climbing at low RPM. Try to alternate ride at low then drop gear and spin up for 10-15 sec. Also one leg exercises, spin ups etc
Just curious--How come you can't spin faster than 60?cory
May 17, 2002 7:54 AM
I'm the world's worst climber, so I won't even try to address that. But I'm curious why you say you're "limited" to 60 rpm? If you can spin faster than that on the flat, why not on a hill?