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indoor training .. climbingGall
Jan 7, 2003 1:10 PM
Hello again..

When training indoors does putting the front wheel up on a 4" block really help with my climbing abilty?

don't think soDougSloan
Jan 7, 2003 1:39 PM
I don't think your body really knows, especially if you are standing. I've tried it and it was no big deal. It's still not very realistic standing, as you can't sway the bike. I'd bet 99.9% of the training effect is purely cardio-vascular anyway.

Might be interesting on rollers, though.

It will help with body positionKerry
Jan 7, 2003 6:13 PM
You'll be a bit more accustomed to the sloped situation (your proposal is a 10% grade) but it won't improved your conditioning one bit.
re: indoor training .. climbingmicha
Jan 7, 2003 6:45 PM
Good out-of-the saddle climbers are very sensitive to handlebar height below the saddle. They like the bar as low as possible for out-of-the-saddle climbing while still bearable for a one or two minutes of flat-terrain seated hammering. That 4"-block may help you to fine-tune your bar height for effective out-of-the-saddle climbing.

If you're more of a rouleur, don't worry about it. In terms of elementary physics, tilting a stationary bike up or down has no bearing whatsoever on your training effect.
Maybe not your "ability", but...James OCLV
Jan 8, 2003 10:17 AM
it will simulate the actual position that your body is in during a seated climb, which has other benefits. Think about what you do during a climb; more than likely, you pull back a little bit on the handlebars. This engages your biceps and back muscles to a degree. You also engage your leg muscles differently. That is why you might notice that your climbing "LT" is slightly higher than your "LT" on the flats.

If you really want to improve your climbing ability you should:

1). Loose some weight (if weight is problem for you)
2). Increase the amount of "force" you can apply to the pedals. You can do this by combining weights with force-specific workouts.

Doing the above will effectively increase your power to weigh ratio, and that's what climbing is all about!