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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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How to make a 1x city bike easier to ride uphill?

I'm a big fan of low gears (I run a 22 inner ring on my MTB despite being a fairly strong climber), but I'd say a 22 or 24t ring is too small to use as an only ring - it'll spin out much to easily on ...
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How to make a 1x city bike easier to ride uphill?

I would suggest you go with an IGH (internal geared hub), a 29T front chainring and a 24T on the back. It works, the only caution needed is that shifting while pedaling hard should be avoided, ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

Apologies for re-opening a 9-year-old thread, but this question has bothered me for some time and I've now found the means to answer it, thanks to some data science skills I learnt while pursuing my ...
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Best posture to ride a road-bike down hill?

This answer will be for riding down hills fast, but a lot of the advice applies to slower speed descents. When riding downhill you should have your hands in the drops, the pedals at level (i.e., one ...
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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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Why is standing more common on hills than on flats?

Because in the flats you reach higher speeds, and at those speeds aerodynamics become very important, so exposing more of your body to the wind is a drag. The standing in flat is then limited to ...
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Is riding on hilly road better than flats for long distance training?

Better? Don’t know. Useful? Yes. One way you can use the hills to your advantage is to get your heart rate up. A good workout could be 4 minutes riding hard, then 3 minutes recovery, repeated 4-5 ...
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Fastest way to get faster up hill

The rate of climbing a hill on a bicycle (under same wind conditions) is determined by pretty simple physics and is directly related to your sustainable power to weight ratio. If the climb is very ...
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Fastest way to get faster up hill

Cross-training - do gym work to build your core strength and endurance. Avoid bulking up though. Technique - find hill climbing positions that work for you. Lightness - drop all your water except a ...
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Preventing use of low gears while training

You can probably turn the limit screw far enough in to prevent usage of at least the largest cog. Maybe even the second largest cog. You could also stay on the larger chainring. Depending on your ...
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What's a good single chain ring size for a 7s 12-28 cassette for better hill climbing?

You're on a 1x7 bike - so there's not a lot of range available unless you're happy to take enormous jumps between gears. You need to figure out if 28:12 is a high-enough gear for your normal riding, ...
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How and when should one use the "On the drops" position on drop handlebars?

I think that for most people whose physical function is in the normal range for active adults (not necessarily serious athletes, just generally active people), we should be able to set up a bike such ...
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How to make a 1x city bike easier to ride uphill?

There is nothing wrong with installing a 3x crankset on the bike, and having her only use the smallest chainring. Some benefits of this solution: This is the cheapest and easiest solution. If the ...
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How accurate are altimeters in bike computers?

The bike computer is based on the relationship between altitude and air pressure. Even though it has 1 meter resolution, it is still constrained by the air pressure around you. About 11.3 Pascal ...
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Why can't I ride my city type (folding) bike uphill?

Folding bikes have a very limited gear range because they usually have only a rear derailleur. From the manufacturer's website, your bike has: 20" wheels with 20x1.5 tires 52T chainwheel 14 - 28T ...
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Should I make any adjustments for steep bumpy down hills?

The adjustment needed is to lower your seat. Your seat is currently set for road riding where pedaling efficiency is important. The idea when Mountain biking is to maintain the center of gravity ...
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Is riding on hilly road better than flats for long distance training?

I want to know if riding on hilly road for 20km is better than riding on a flat road for 40km? Neither is "better" in isolation. Depending on how you ride, though, the type of workout can be (and ...
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Is riding on hilly road better than flats for long distance training?

Possibly. If your goal is to improve your general fitness and endurance in preparation for the 150km event, any riding is going to help as long as you are pushing yourself enough so that your body is ...
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Why is standing more common on hills than on flats?

One of the reasons for standing on steep bits is weighting of the front wheel. Many riders have choppy pedalling technique (I know I do) and lower cadence exacerbates the pulsing of power. On a ...
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Why is standing more common on hills than on flats?

Straightening your trunk opens your lungs, increasing your aerobic capacity. The effect ranges from trivial on the more upright position bikes through to fairly dramatic in a TT position. So standing ...
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Is it possible to avoid anaerobic 'burn' on ascents?

Yes, in your example of a 10% gradient and MTB gearing, it is easily possible to climb without going anaerobic. It all comes down to your power to weight ratio at lactate threshold. Following a ...
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Why is standing more common on hills than on flats?

Generally, standing climbing requires more energy than seated climbing. In mountain stages, most riders climb most of the time while seated. However, there are some riders that do stand for much of ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

If you want to use your own figures from strava or some other program you can easily get get a feeling for the relative effort between biking a certain distance on the flat and on a grade. Use this ...
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50/34 compact with 11-32 10-speed Shimano 105 - will 11-34 make climbing easier or change chainring

Wolftooth makes the roadlink that allows you to shift larger cassettes with standard road derailleurs. You should easily be able to go to an 11-36 cluster with the roadlink and a 105 rear triple. The ...
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Preventing use of low gears while training

If you need to simulate riding steeper hills than you can train on, you can just use a cassette that doesn't have the lower gears. For example, if your bicycle has an 11-28 cassette, replace it with ...
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Are there special heavy-duty front derailleurs for recumbent trikes or recumbent bicycles?

This is normal for front derailleurs - they can't shift under heavy load because you're putting pressure on the chain, and the front mech has to push the chain sideways with enough force to overcome ...
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What's a good single chain ring size for a 7s 12-28 cassette for better hill climbing?

12-28 is a small range for a 7 speed cassette, with only a ratio of 2.3:1 between the highest and lowest gears. You can get an 11-34 cassette compatible with Shimano (S-Ride CS-M200) which gives you ...
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How and when should one use the "On the drops" position on drop handlebars?

I use "on the drops" positions in two cases. Firstly, when sprinting quickly to speed from stoplights. In this case, you use "on the drops" position standing. The purpose is to put ...
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How and when should one use the "On the drops" position on drop handlebars?

As a counterpoint to your bike shop, I ride quite lot of hills, and hardly ever descend in the drops. My levers are positioned so they're just right from the hoods, meaning that covering the brakes ...
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