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50/34 compact with 11-32 10-speed Shimano 105 - will 11-34 make climbing easier or change chainring

As mentioned above...I'm running a 50/34 10 speed with 11-32 cassette but would like to change to a configuration that would make climbing hill easier. I live in a hilly area so every time I cycle, ...
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New chain and cassette makes cycling much more difficult

I had a new chain and cassette fitted yesterday. But today, hills which I could easily climb two days ago are now horrendously challenging. What was a pleasure has just become a nightmare. Why is this ...
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Preventing use of low gears while training

I'd like to avoid using my two lowest gears while training for a hard and hilly cyclosportive. I am able to resist, but nevertheless do occasionally make a mistake. Is there anything I can do to ...
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Is riding on hilly road better than flats for long distance training?

As you may know from my previous questions that I am training for a 150km ride. I want to know if riding on hilly road for 20km is better than riding on a flat road for 40km?
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Fastest way to get faster up hill

There's a 2.4km, fairly gentle hill near me which I want to get quite a bit faster on. The traditional answer to my question is likely to be 'Go up the hill more often', but I also have a turbo ...
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Should I make any adjustments for steep bumpy down hills?

I'm pretty new to biking, and lately I've been really enjoying riding down a relatively steep hill with a few bumps so you can get pretty fast. But I never got around to riding down the steeper bits ...
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Best posture to ride a road-bike down hill?

I know it's been "answered" here, but I am still not satisfied. In my view, you either have to decide whether you feather the brakes (go down hill at pace) or let go of the brakes (go down hill at ...
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Is it possible to avoid anaerobic 'burn' on ascents?

As a total noob to cycling the thing that really kills me is hills steep enough I get into anaerobic territory. My general fitness lets me cycle for hours without really getting tired even working ...
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Why is standing more common on hills than on flats?

We all know that standing on a hill feels better than standing on a flat. Even pros seemingly only stand up for hills (not counting sprints). What causes this? Here's what I've thought of so far: ...
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Do 7-speeder and 21-speeder have similar minimum range of gear-inches?

I want to buy a entry-level folding bike for slow-speed commuting, involving 20 minutes ride going over a steep hill of 1500 foot (500 meters). It is concrete 'normal car road', not off-road. What ...
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Best bicycle for a moderate to extremely hilly suburbs?

I've moved to an area that's notoriously hilly. I had gained a lot of weight but managed to ride it off by cycling in a well built but extremely faulty and wastefully heavy chinese bike. The gears ...
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Legs are very weak

So, I've been riding at different levels of difficulty for years now, from a 33lb, one gear bmx to a 21 speed, 44lb mountain bike, and now to a 22lb, 21 speed road bike. Each bike had its own ...
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Describe main criteria of choosing energy-conserving bicycle that allows getting easily up-hill

It's summer now and it's hot. The way to my office is up-hill (half of the way is off-road). With my health it's not a good idea to work hard physically in such whether. And there is no shower in ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

I'm starting to keep track of how far I ride on paper and while it's nice to have the data, I'd like to know how different rides stack up. I have one path I like to take which is really flat and goes ...
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Does climbing put extra stress on the chain, making it stretch out faster / higher break risk?

I remember taking it for granted, but then somebody gave me some reasons on climbing not affecting the chain, and I forgot about it. Today I just got scared that my chain might break when struggling ...
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Why can't I ride my city type (folding) bike uphill?

I'm a newbie when it comes to biking. I don't plan on taking it as a very serious hobby; I'm really more of just a leisure rider who enjoys touring around town, but I'd also like to be able to drive ...
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Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?

I've read this and this and I understand the good ways and the bad on how to ride up hills. In fact I consider myself a good hill climber (roadie), but some of the guys I ride with are beating my KOMs ...
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How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?

How do you best train for climbs in a flat area? I am aiming to tackle some UK climbs in N. Yorks and the Lakes come autumn but I only have access to the flat local countryside at the moment. I don’...
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How should I train for a hilly ride while living in a flat country?

I'm kicking around the idea of riding the Curadmír in the spring of 2015 (almost 600km over 3 days across Northern Ireland), a ride that would obviously have a lot of elevation changes in it (~2000m/...
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Does weight and climbing cause strain on bike?

I‘m a heavy (260 pound) male rider using my 2011 NORCO 24 gear hybrid to commute to and from work. It’s a 6 mile trip each way with a +450 foot climb in the last 2-3 miles coming home. The ride is all ...