Crankarm said:You'll easily get up it on a 53x25 gear or for comfort go for a 39x25 . Anyway it's not the going up that is the difficult bit, it's going down the other side. Make sure your brakes work. They will get hot!!!
ianrauk said:I think DB's reputation far outstrips how it actually is. It's really not that hard a climb. Easy to spin up in less then 10 minutes. Only thing that can be a pain is cars as it's quite narrow in parts.
HeyWayne said:Question is, do I stay in the saddle and just drop it down into 1st/2nd and slug it out - or use my weight to help me up?
I think I know the answer...
HeyWayne said:Am I right in thinking that the main difference between MTB's and road bikes is the gearing (other than the obvious appearance and weight). So a MTB is more suited (easier) to the novice hill climber?
theclaud said:An mtb isn't really better for anything involving mainly tarmac, unless the gradient is utterly absurd, but the extra-low gearing is a decent trade-off. Bar-ends help on long climbs - have you got those?