Stand Up Or Sit Down????
drumsmasher Posts: 241
edited April 2008 in Training, fitness and health
Hi! I am new to road biking although i have been mountain biking for about 5 years. I have just bought a Giant TCR but i am trying to find out the best way to attack hills. I have tried sitting using higher cadence/lower gear spinning but found i get on better by standing and moving the bike side to side. I appreciate that this may not be the most energy effective way but it feels right. can anyone with greater knowledge than me, tell me which method is the correct one so i at least can start by practicing the right way. Thanks!
Another tree...another cracked rib!!
Short and steep - stand
Long and low gradient - sit (with odd periods of standing).
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100m Yeah right.
Both. Sometimes one, sometimes the other, sometimes switching between...
It'll depend on you (and may change with your fitness, weight, etc as time goes by).
And on the hill length & steepness (and slipperyness if wet, or if windy, etc).
And on your bike gearing
And on how far/fast you're riding.
Honking out of the saddle takes a huge amount more energy than staying seated.
If it gets really steep, you'll need the extra power and torque you can only get out of the saddle - but it'll cost in terms of energy and you'll tire your legs, strain your heartrate and lungs, so you have to limit it
You can hammer up a short hill out of the saddle - it'll cost you in terms of energy, but if you don't lose any momentum then you'll gain it back by not having to speed-up again at the top.
But you wouldn't (well, pros do in the Tour de France, but you and me couldn't !) ride all the way up an Alp out of the saddle, you'd do that seated because it's more efficient to pedal a steady cadence seated.
You might however switch-in bursts of out-of-saddle to relieve tired or stiff muscles rather than riding seated all the way up.
To further complicate matters I find there are two main types of stand up.
- One pretty much uses straightish passive arms taking a fair amount of body weight and transferring to front hub. Use this for longish sections of stand up climbing
- Other is the sharp hill attack where I consciously use my arms to assist legs. This adds power quickly but obviously is tiring.
In both cases I try to keep pedalling smoothly, applying smooth continuous effort and keeping bike upright, not moving from side to side as reckon latter will only increase rolling resistance and use more energy which isnt what you want to do.