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wrynose hardknott gears

John C.John C. Posts: 2,113
A full report will apear shortly but for now if you can ride a local 25% hill comfortably then you can ride Wrynose and Hardknott east. The best tool to have is a HRmonitor and if it starts going up slow down. I rode it at 35 1/2 inches which is 42-32 or the same as 30-23 on a normal tripple or 34-26 on a compact. The only bit which felt a bit steep was the first bit of Hardknott. Having said that we only started at Skelwith Bridge(6 miles away) so after 70 miles I may put a different perspective on things.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Hills are just a matter of pace


  • Brian BBrian B Posts: 2,071
    Thats good going with those gears John. I have done Wrynose both ways and Hardknott west and I need a 30*27 on a triple to get up them but then again I'm a big lad. I dont think these hills really care about miles in your legs as i have done these climbs with various miles and done Hardknott/Wrynose at 100 miles in this years Fred Whitten and it was the same as hitting them at 40 miles.

    They are to date my nemesis climbs and I even though i have done them I still dont like to climb them. It might sound strange but I would rather climb an Hor catergorie climb abroad than those hills as for me I need to to give 100% to get up. I never stop on hills and I think that there in lies my fear that I really come so close to stopping when going up them.
    Brian B.
  • John C.John C. Posts: 2,113
    You could say size is everything but in some cases the opposite is true. Although my bikes are rather heavy by modern standards I am on the small side ! and more often than not I am riding with people who weigh more than me and my heavy weight bike put togeather. Hills, I love em. :lol:

    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
    Hills are just a matter of pace
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