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help with short climbs!(3 posts)

help with short climbs!andy02
Jun 19, 2003 5:37 AM
I seem to be fine when it comes to dropping people on long climbs but I have trouble on these little short psudohills around here. I about 5'8 me the bike all of my gear weigh about 155. so far I use two techs on ~hills I either wait until about a .25 the way up the hill and drop two cogs down (already in the big chain ring) and go Or I start in front and keep a high cadence (~105-115 and go to a bigger gear everytime I hit 120). the second tech seems to work better because I lose traction and spin out when I try to jump on a hill. Climbing in my drops helps but not a 100%. I have been told back off a little on my jump but that is not as easy as it sounds. Does any one know any drills or anything to help.
If you're on a short hill and accelerating up the hill, and arebill
Jun 19, 2003 9:56 AM
unhappy with your short-climbing, then why aren't you starting the hill at a higher speed in a bigger gear? That way you have the momentum already and are not fighting it and gravity.
Actually, I'm not sure what it is you're trying to address. Could you elaborate on what you see as your trouble?
weight distributioncyclopathic
Jun 19, 2003 8:13 PM
keep weight back (get in drops and extend ass backward) and do not pull up too much to lift rear; you shouldn't spin out.

What works for me is to spin up at before hitting hill/at the flatter bottom section, work it up 'till cadence starts dropping then stand up and jam. In proper gear no need to shift, maybe to drop one down close to top.

Riding short climbs requires not only good force, also good use of momentum good luck