Defeated :(

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by boybiker, 28 Jul 2012.

  1. boybiker

    boybiker Über Member

    I have not long got back into cycling but I thought I would tackle Boxley hill just outside of Maidstone tonight a 17% gradient hill. So I had a 5 mile cycle to get to the hill and I got 75% of the way up and I just couldn't go any further . I have got up bigger hills just with Boxley hill its hard to get any moment before hand as the bottom is a tight hairpin and getting to the hill itself is all uphill.

    What are the best techniques to tackle hills like this?
  2. sabian92

    sabian92 Über Member

    Stay in the saddle, high cadence (speed you pedal at) and basically just find a gear you're comfortable with. Don't be tempted to stand and pedal as it actually slows you down.
    boybiker likes this.
  3. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Put lower gears on your bike and use them until you get fit enough to go back to the gears you have now! :thumbsup:
    BrumJim likes this.
  4. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    Don't worry about not making it up :smile: there will come a day when you look forward to the harder hills which give you a real challenge
    MarkF and boybiker like this.
  5. Berties

    Berties Fast and careful!

    Don't ever worry about hills ,it makes them seem harder,nice low gear ,high cadence,look at the front wheel an just do it,be positive and it happens,every hill you get stronger,harder the hill the stronger you get
    boybiker likes this.
  6. BSRU

    BSRU A Human Being

  7. Very helpful video
  8. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    :biggrin: great video, and I love the goat half way through
  9. Mugshot

    Mugshot Cracking a solo.

    Whether you need to stand or not will depend on your fitness and your gearing, don't be concerned about the speed you go up the hill be concerned with getting to the top, actually, don't be concerned with getting to the top just concentrate on riding and before you know it you'll be at the top :thumbsup: . There are hills with sections near to me which I would not cope with if I didn't stand on the pedals.
  10. Scraff

    Scraff New Member

    Really good video, never seen all the facts re energy expenditure for different positions before.
  11. OP

    boybiker Über Member

    Brilliant video that was just what I was looking for with some of those tips plus improving my fitness I will get up there in no time! ^_^
  12. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Really good informative video.
    Nice touch of ovine-related humour.
    You'd think they'd have checked their spelling though.......:whistle:
  13. MarkF

    MarkF Legendary Member

    Yes! I started "hills" by going up 5 Rise Locks at Bingley, the first time I made it to the top, I threw up in celebration. It's embarrassing to think about it, now, I go up sat down, hardly working. That change took one summer, honestly, it seems ridiculous but you'll enjoy that climb one day. ^_^ .
    Bennai and MattHB like this.
  14. doog

    doog ....

    This is the answer, dont kill yourself or do your knees in just get the right gears and you can sit and spin away. What bike do you have?
  15. OP

    boybiker Über Member

    I've got a giant defy one compact so there's nothing wrong with the bike just my use of the gears , ridding position and fitness which are at 'fault'. I'm sure I will make it up next time as I'm still getting use to the bike etc.
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