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What is most important for making biking uphill easy?

I would say that, along with easier gears making it easier to go up hills, a lot of it is just being comfortable riding at slower speeds. A lot of new riders lack the balance and bike-handling skills ...
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Should I climb out of the saddle?

There is no correct answer. Do what works or is most comfortable for you. Bear in mind that if you train yourself to sit and spin at a higher cadence you’ll get better at that. If you train yourself ...
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Should I climb out of the saddle?

Answer Stay in the saddle for steady state climbing, if you can. Get out of the saddle for extra short term power, getting over a steep bit, or for punching through a short climb. Or if you need a ...
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Low heart rate on climb

I have seen this effect with several different optical based wrist HRM's. Your HR is not 90, but likely closer to 180. Optical HRM's generally have a longer lag to track changes in the heart rate and ...
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Is it best to attack the flat before a hill?

Is it best to attack the flat before a hill? NO On flat ground, power is proportional to speed cubed because drag from air dominates. If you want to go twice as fast on flat ground, you need to ...
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What makes a bike good or bad for climbing?

This is not an especially aero bike, although it does have some aero-looking feature (which does not mean it was in fact aerodynamically optimized). There's also nothing about it that makes it ...
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Fastest way to get faster up hill

Unfortunately, there is a fairly straight forward reason why you actually need to ride hills in order to get faster at them: crank inertial load. We have two main types of skeletal muscles. (Skeletal ...
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Is 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?

For grades beyond 10% having a gear that you can spin at the rate you can climb makes a big difference. Only you can know exactly what gear that should be. If you can find a gear ratio tool that ...
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How are the categories for climbs decided?

I prefer the cycling lore that it was decided by which gear of a Citroen 2CV you needed to be in to drive up the hill/mountain. For HC climbs you had to go up them in reverse. Scientific? Not so much....
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Climbing or aero bike for a light rider?

Generally, being light weight you probably have more of a deficit on the flats, which would point to an aero bike. That is your frontal area per watt per kg will be higher than a larger rider who is ...
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How are the categories for climbs decided?

For Strava climbs there is an objective categorization that is length in meters times grade in percent, with this categories: score = length(m) * grade(%) Cat 4: score > 8000 Cat 3: score > ...
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Is it best to attack the flat before a hill?

As you’ve noted, drag increases non-linearly with speed. So to e.g. double your speed on a flat (drag dominated) section you’ll have to more than double your power output. Slow uphill sections ...
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What is most important for making biking uphill easy?

Biggest factor is the gear combination. If it's a 6-7% climb, you'll probably need a 28T at the back (cassette) and 36T or even smaller at the front (crank set). I think your city bike has not this ...
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What is most important for making biking uphill easy?

In addition to other answers, I would say the most important thing in making riding up hill easier is your mindset. If you start at the bottom of the hill telling yourself "that is a big hill, ...
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What cadence saves power when climbing?

Honestly, as an amateur cyclist I would suggest focusing on learning how to pace a climb first over more finer details such as cadence. Many amateur typically go out too fast on a climb, go anaerobic,...
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Should I climb out of the saddle?

If Sheldon Brown is any authority for you (and if you don't have your own opinion/experience, he should be, IMO), he advises to stay in the saddle as a general case. The idea is that standing up is a ...
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What's the lowest safe cadence on a climb?

Mountain bikers regularly run these low cadences for very short periods, often at much higher power output. The issue with causing damage to knees is more about the duration of the climb and how ...
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What's the lowest safe cadence on a climb?

Understand that the concern is not generally things like a muscle or tendon tear that can occur with, eg, extreme weightlifting -- off-road bikers might be susceptible to that sort of injury, but not ...
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Is 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?

Get the biggest. The down side is some bigger spacings. If money is an issue consider used. You have the option to not use a gear you do have. But you can't use a gear you don't have. ...
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What cadence saves power when climbing?

Every rider has a different optimal cadence. You need to find yours. This will depend to some extent how you are feeling on the day ('Ohh that hurts' vs 'pain, what pain'). Most novice riders pedal ...
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Uphill riding hard for me

Basically the only real way to get better at going up hills is to get fitter - which you can do by repeatedly riding the hill :-) Some tips: Stay sitting down Use low gears and a fairly high ...
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Is it possible to avoid anaerobic 'burn' on ascents?

Get an app like strava to log your rides, and see your progress on those climbs. I have a climb near home which took three hours first time I did it. I rested a bunch of times on the way up, and got ...
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Climbing techique with panniers and cleats

One thing that may help a lot is shifting some load weight forwards. In other situations I've found that a surprisingly small amount of weight shifted from behind the back axle to the front forks ...
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Is it best to attack the flat before a hill?

I'm going to be contrary, with some caveats. Yes, it may be worth attacking the flat just before a climb. If you can build momentum on the flat and carry that into the first part of a climb, it will ...
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What is most important for making biking uphill easy?

Uphill speed mostly depends on weight (assuming your power output to the rear wheel is identical). Since you are only 50kg a 14kg bike would be about 4.5% faster than a 17kg bike (total weight drops ...
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What is most important for making biking uphill easy?

Make sure your seat is the right height (and that the bike fits you in general). In particular, most beginners have their seat too low, which really hurts power output and balance -- killing your ...
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Is 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?

Yes, if you like to climb like me and live in an area where there are long steep climbs over 10% grade, I highly recommend a compact 50/34 crank and a wide ratio cassette. I have asthma and have ...
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will increasing cadence ability hurt my climbing strength?

The general advice is that we should aim at 90 for an average cadence, and pushing slower than that can produce knee pain and injuries, and back pain and injuries. However, everyone has their own ...
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Looking for Techniques for Riding Uphill on a Single Speed

I ride a SS fixed gear 3 times a week. My advice when the hill is hard and steep is to do what feels natural. Stand up. Move as much of your weight forward as possible. I notice a huge difference ...
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Does a spinning class fixed wheel bike affect real world form?

The exercise bike feels different, because it is fixed in place and can not react to your movements like a real bike. When you jump out of saddle, your body moves forward in relation to bike. On road,...
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