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7/15/07 9:15 P

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I walk fast as I have three young Korean Jindos hooked to my hip hugging dog walking belt and I have springs in my shoes.
Thanks Will, I don't think I am spinning the pedals nearly fast enough. I just got on the bike and started riding without knowing what to strive for, so knowing about the rpm's is most welcome information. I also have the notion that all the needed muscles are not yet developed for me.
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That's interesting that your lowest gear is much slower than your walking pace. On my triple ring road bike, the lowest gear is about six to eight miles an hour, depending on my cadence, which I try to keep above 60 revolutions per minute.

How fast do you spin the pedals? I think a lot of folks get hammered on the hills because they are turning the pedals much more slowly than they could be, but in too high a gear. I am typically a lot happier spinning at 70 rpm or so, but in a smaller gear. My knees like me better afterward, too.

 
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7/15/07 11:14 A

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Shifting into lowest gear feels almost silly sometimes as it is such a slow speed that it is a challenge to keep balanced. I have been bicycling for a little less than a month and power walking for more than a decade. I find it amusing to see how much slower the uphill low gear mode is than my usual walking pace. I am determined to build stamina and muscles to cruise up those hills and have been riding almost every day to make that happen. When I lived in Florida where it was all flat I biked everywhere and loved it. But I live in Colorado now and have hills all around so I will just adapt to the terrain.
Hopefully bicycling is like most things where practice makes perfect...or at least endurance building.

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Yeah, utilize the low gears for hills. I do alright with hills but then, I live in Kansas, so what I consider a hill, everyone else probably considers flat. My big thrill is the railroad overpass. I like going up that hill JUST SO I can ride down the other side. LOVE it. Anyway, shift, shift, and shift lower. That's the key.


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Yeah, utilize the low gears for hills. I do alright with hills but then, I live in Kansas, so what I consider a hill, everyone else probably considers flat. My big thrill is the railroad overpass. I like going up that hill JUST SO I can ride down the other side. LOVE it. Anyway, shift, shift, and shift lower. That's the key.


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Yeah, utilize the low gears for hills. I do alright with hills but then, I live in Kansas, so what I consider a hill, everyone else probably considers flat. My big thrill is the railroad overpass. I like going up that hill JUST SO I can ride down the other side. LOVE it. Anyway, shift, shift, and shift lower. That's the key.


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7/14/07 1:27 P

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Wow I am so impressed with KJeanne's endurance for hills, it has inspired me to go give Hackberry Hill another go...right now
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7/3/07 2:43 P

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Peachsmokingun,

What kind of bike do you have? It might be a question of gearing to make it up a steep hill. A mid-level bike in the 300 to 500 dollar range should have gears low enough to go up a steep hill without walking. If it is a beach cruiser or really inexpensive department store bike that might not be geared correctly to make it up a hill.

30 minutes is great. My first ride I did about 1-1/2 miles, and my rear end was super sore. Gradually build up your time. If you can do 30 minutes, next week go out for 45 minutes. Keep increasing your time on one or two days a week. You will build up fast.

 
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6/26/07 10:51 A

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I have been riding for years and have always thought that my extra weight held me back from riding the hills but now, after hiring a cycling coach, I find that I just needed to know how to ride a hill! I have had one session with my coach, but he spent lots of time explaining:
The importance of learning how to pedal or power through the entire cycle
Proper technique for climbing out of the saddle
Learning how to attack the hills – how much effort do you give to each section of the hill.

Now I am doing intervals (out of the saddle) on the flats and hills to build my ability to ride out of the saddle like the pros do. No more long, flat rides for me. I am learning and refining my cycling technique.

I can tell you, after one session, I have noticed an improved ability to climb just by trying (I’m still learning) to pedal through the entire cycle.

I am looking forward to the day that I kick my husband’s butt climbing that last, mile long hill to our home.

My suggestion? Try to find a cycling coach. Check the local college for a cycling team. Maybe some of the students can help you for a small fee or check out your local cycling club for a coach. I have read books and articles about cycling, but never got it. I found that I needed someone to show me. Don’t wait as long as I did to learn how to ride my bike to it’s full potential.



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6/26/07 10:23 A

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When you do add hills, find some rollers--gradual ups and downs--so you can get used to the gears and maintaining cadence before you have to climb significant things. Another suggestion: walk your bike up the hill by your house and start the ride more level a few times, so you are completely wiped out before you start.

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6/24/07 12:45 P

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Yup, I would agree with riding on the flats. I started with 10k rides, on the flats, 30 minutes. I rode 2-3 times a week and gradually added a few k and a few minutes every week. Take a look at my bikejournal log if you want to see how I slowly built up my miles. After a month or two, I started adding in the hills. I dont' hate them any more. :)

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6/24/07 12:16 P

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So it would probably be good for me to stick to the rail trails in the area for a while. Thanks for the tips! We took the bikes to Gettysburg yesterday and somehow when we got to the one area my front brake got messed up. I have no idea how because it was on the bike rack. So I have to wait until Monday to have it looked at. I was pretty bummed.

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Long flat rides. I did a lot of longish flat rides, using gears that were easy on my legs. That melted a lot of weight off, and as I lost the weight, my legs strengthed, and hills became a non-issue. I remember a small hill by where I used to live that was TORTURE for me. One time I even came home and threw up. Now, that hill is a speed bump, nothing more. I climb as well as the seasoned male cyclists I ride with on Sundays. Beat them all up the last climb we did, that stroked my female ego. LOL But that's what I did.. long flat rides. I'm sure other folks have other ideas, but that was I did.

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6/23/07 1:44 P

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Hi
It is Gravity: I Have been biking now for a year, and I too have a hard time with the hills. My biking friend, slim as she is, with exact same bike just powers up the hill, while I just about die. We both do about the same workouts but I figure it has to do with weight. I am sure if I put 75lbs on her bike she would be struggling up the hill too. The silver lining is I run and bike DOWN the hill way faster then her.
The one thing that helped me get a little better was learning to use the gears lots ... it is all about the cadence (spelling??)

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As you know my hubby & I just started cycling approx 6 weeks ago. I know it probably is my weight still but I am having a hard time with making it longer then 30 minutes on my bike. We have a steep hill behind my house and I have yet to make it up without walking my bike up. Anyone have any suggestions for getting more endurance or tips?

Holly

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