Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by yenrod, 15 Jul 2007.
..A HILL ..
What do you think
Generally speaking I think: 'Oh crap not another one!' Then I slowly chug up it, and enjoy the other side.
Usually I think "Thank goodness I'm not on a bike".
Up to 8% - "bring it on"
Up to 12% - "I hope it doesn't last too long"
Up to 20% - "Why did I even come this way?"
Over 20% it doesn't matter I will be walking.
"Oh bu99er" on the way up
"Gan on" on the way down
Which gear shall I use....................oh! there are no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I keep thinking that I'm so glad I'm skinny. Not nearly as skinny as I used to be but it helps.
Probably "where the hell did that come from?", since SW London is pretty flat!
on the downhill approach I see th ehill ahead and tell myself..."it's flatter than you think...you'll see...just wait until you get to the bottom and then you'll see...it will be flat".....but it rarely is.
I have learnt to start the hill in a gear I think I can finish it in, use my momentum in the approach and pedal reasonably fast whilst the momentum is still with me.
I also know where many of the inclines (for hills they are not ) around here...so i can cheat and take a rest before I attack them if I am knackered...I often stop at the top as well and screw my legs back on.
The worst times are when I'm struggling up a slope and getting overtaken by kids on mtbs and their grandmother on her way back from tescos.
I think 'what goes up, must come down (esp. if it's steep).
My next, and immediate, thought is 'when did I last replace my brake blocks'!
I've never seen one - not on the bike anyway. I think the nearest one is about 100 miles away.
I'm still in Derbyshire then
"Wonder what speed I can hold" is my usual thought. I actually enjoy attacking hills - it's the only time I push myself hard on the bike. I don't know why I take that attitude; maybe it's because I like a challenge.
blue - that's a good attitude, and one that not all cyclists have (such as - ME). Personally i really like charging out on the flat, and handling the bike at a higher speed. But, I must admit I am getting better at hills.
will i get up it on my fixed and then feel fantastic when you pass a bike with gears on the way to the top.
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