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Re: Gearing for climbs

Postby Daccordi Rider » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:32 pm

ireland57 wrote:I spent all last year learning how to pedal and training my legs and crook knees to do as they're asked.
I've also been concentrating on good form on the bike. I did very few hills, efforts or long distance (over 80kms) during this time.
There is a price to pay for that but it was worth it.

Just now have I been able to focus on pulling up pedals while standing; man does that work a treat?
Instant easiness/power/increase in speed when I do it properly.

All in all it was the best thing I could've done for myself.

The changes it's made are basically: -

2 mins quicker up a 10% 4km climb;
using a compact, not the triple I had 16 mths ago;
using a 25 cassette in lieu of the 28; sitting better on the bike as well.


Glad that worked for you dude.
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Re: Gearing for climbs

Postby ireland57 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:36 pm

doggatas wrote:What VAM are you achieving on the climbs?


I had to google this lol. I had no idea what it is........until now.
The only climb I've really timed and raced is a 3km TT. Ave 5-7% grade.

3km TT - 250 metres = 1143 VAM; June 2012 100% effort.
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Re: Gearing for climbs

Postby boss » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:13 pm

ireland57 wrote:
doggatas wrote:What VAM are you achieving on the climbs?


I had to google this lol. I had no idea what it is........until now.
The only climb I've really timed and raced is a 3km TT. Ave 5-7% grade.

3km TT - 250 metres = 1143 VAM; June 2012 100% effort.


fwiw 250m in 3km is 8.3% average.
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Re: Gearing for climbs

Postby ireland57 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:13 pm

boss wrote:
ireland57 wrote:
doggatas wrote:What VAM are you achieving on the climbs?


I had to google this lol. I had no idea what it is........until now.
The only climb I've really timed and raced is a 3km TT. Ave 5-7% grade.

3km TT - 250 metres = 1143 VAM; June 2012 100% effort.


fwiw 250m in 3km is 8.3% average.



Yes it is. Thankyou.
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Re: Gearing for climbs

Postby theprophet » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:44 pm

Ride tough gearing. I do. I run a 53-39 up front and a 12-23 in the back and I manage to get up everything I need too. I keep good cadences in saddle up gradients up to 5% sustained climbing. Keep around a cadence of 70 up gradients up to 15% out of saddle. I can climb everything I want too/ need too.
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Re: Gearing for climbs

Postby fixedlegs2012 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:56 pm

53/39 and a 11-27 but being in Tassie kind of need it and at 97kgs.
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