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Climbing techniques?

Postby klimb2xs » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:24 am

What is you climbing technique? Are you a sit and grind or stand and mash climber? Or do you change it up from climb to climb?

Right now I have been doing the sit and grind it out style climbing and I am finding that I just can't keep the momentum up for the entire climb. And it doesn't help that I am sorely out of shape, so by the end of the climb I am out of gas and gasping of air.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby Ken » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:55 am

Sit and spin :lol: it's most efficient. Standing using the legs as pistons produces more power / speed but gets me anaerobic too quickly, like lifting weights with the legs.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby Farmboy » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:55 am

sitting is more efficient. mashing gets you to the top faster. sometimes a combo of both is the best way. singlespeeders don't have a choice. there are people who say they like to climb. what those people are really saying is that they suck at everything else.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby Garasaki » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:18 am

Farmboy wrote: singlespeeders don't have a choice.


Amen to that.

One tip I read somewhere, was to focus ahead on the trail and pick out a tree that is directly in line with the end of your climb. Then visualize a rope tied to the tree, and visualize yourself pulling yourself up on that rope.

It's kinda touchey feely but it distracts you from the pain of climbing!
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby urbanbigfoot » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:02 am

Farmboy wrote:there are people who say they like to climb. what those people are really saying is that they suck at everything else.

Otherwise known as Roadies :snooty: I kid...I love the Roadies.
When I was a kid, I rode bikes. Now I ride bikes and act like a kid. Some things never change.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby NoyzSource » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:29 am

urbanbigfoot wrote:...I love the Roadies.

says The Gimp.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby urbanbigfoot » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:45 pm

NoyzSource wrote:
urbanbigfoot wrote:...I love the Roadies.

says The Gimp.

says the guy who doesn't ride a bike anymore.
When I was a kid, I rode bikes. Now I ride bikes and act like a kid. Some things never change.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby Farmboy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:18 pm

OOOOOOOHHHH SNAP.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby NoyzSource » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:42 pm

urbanbigfoot wrote:
NoyzSource wrote:
urbanbigfoot wrote:...I love the Roadies.

says The Gimp.

says the guy who doesn't ride a bike anymore.



The hell I don't. You shoulda saw me rolling with my 20s down the street last week. Nice black and red paint job. Front suspension. 6 speeds. I was tearin' that place up until my 10 year old told me he wanted his bike back.

I haven't been on my mt bike but once since Mark's funeral.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby greenfast » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:27 pm

Back on topic

I assume you are talking mountain bike climbing, and it really depends on the climb as far as length and steepness, one other thing to take into consideration is going to be terrain. If it is loose you will want to stay seated and shift your weight back to maintain traction but also not too far back as to causing the front wheel to come up off the ground. Most of the stuff you will encounter at Beverly is the sit down kind of climbing with trail 16 being the exception.

Since most of my riding is done on the road I do vary how I climb frequently, sitting on most and trying to keep a constant cadence, but sometimes standing and pushing a little harder is a nice change, works a different set of muscles as well.

Farmboy wrote:there are people who say they like to climb. what those people are really saying is that they suck at everything else.


I love climbing, but that is because I am one of those skinny dorks that no one likes :wink:
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby Ken » Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:36 pm

I used to love climbing, still kinda do actually, but I liked it more when there was 20 pounds less of me to drag around; nah, it hurt then too...
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby klimb2xs » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:54 pm

I used to be the skinny dork everyone hated. :ugeek:

I kind of figured that sitting was more efficient.
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Re: Climbing techniques?

Postby Blundar » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:12 pm

* * * Edited! * * *
Removed and replaced with my blog write-up (based on this post) at Singletracks website. :dance:
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-training/9-ways-to-climb-better-on-your-mountain-bike/
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