Riding standing up
article about it. but the reason they probably look better at it is cos they do it more – just do it more and you'll get better.Posted 8 years agono_eyed_deerMember
Strange.. my perception on watching the Schlecks etc on the TDF was how effortless they made sitting in the saddle climbing look. It's just not something I can do. Personally, if I want to nail a (road) climb – I have to go out of the saddle the whole way, never once stopping till my lungs explode and my back is on fire. You just kinda get into this zen-like zone of all body pain. (it feels kinda 'red'). If I just want to poottle up – then sitting it is.
…Off road however, sitting seems to work best – cos otherwise the rear wheel slides and the forks bounce up and down.Posted 8 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Stood up is less efficient, but you get more power ultimately. Useful for short efforts I'd say. My coach told me to stay seated as much as possible but I find it helps for short bursts.
There's standing and standing tho. Don't be in a standing position with your crotch near the stem like you see commuters doing – that's rubbish. Move your body up a bit and forward a bit like a sprinter on the start line. Your crotch should be not far above the saddle.
I seem to remember reading that in an MBUK about 15+ years ago…Posted 8 years agoKevaMember
standing up to climb should be a natural thing to do but as molgrips says it is less efficient…. I only found this out several years ago when I first put a clock on my bike. Change from seated to standing on a climb and watch your speed plummet by a couple of mph. Standing does have some advantages though as it takes some of the load off you legs and you can use body weight to push the cranks… I usually go up a gear just as I'm about to get out the saddle.
KevPosted 8 years agosimon1975Subscriber
Standing in a climb also allows you to move your weight to lift the bike up and over obstacles and to clean step-ups. And keeping your weight forward in tight bends and on twisty descents increases traction for the steering tyre.
I ride with a lot of beginners who have obviously read or been told to keep their weight back all the time… It's sometimes hard to get them to want to change this habit.Posted 8 years agojimmySubscriber
When I road darkside a coupla years back I had a challenge to climb from Hathersage to Surprise view out of the saddle (about 10 minute climb). After the first kick out of the village my legs would be screaming to sit down but did it a few times. great for leg strength.
EDIT: And shoulders. Just remembered the shoulder ache…Posted 8 years agostumpy01Member
A year or so ago, I was rubbish at riding standing up. Either for short, sharp bursts or tricky climb sections etc.
I forced myself on almost every ride to stand up more & more whether it was strictly necessary or not. Me and a mate also challenge each other and ride long sections stood up, particularly uphill.
In only a few weeks I noticed a real difference in my ability to ride standing up when necessary.
In terms of climbing sitting down/standing up it normally depends on what you are riding up. I will often get out of the saddle for short, sharp blasts up slopes etc. but for most of the off-road climbing I do I try & remain seated. I find I get much better rear traction doing that. If I do need to stand up to power over an obstacle or something, then I stand, but am constantly trying to gauge how much grip my tyres have and alter my body position accordingly. Most of the time it works, sometimes it doesn't!Posted 8 years agojimmer himselfMember
I learned to climb standing a few years back when I had a 15% gradient road climb to conquer on an 18 speed road bike. I found that alternating between standing and sitting worked really well.
But regardless of whether you're sat or stood up I've found that strong core muscles are the key to doing it smoothly and developing the power.
Being able to stand and pedal is a pretty useful skill for mountain biking I reckon though – especially on really technical and rough terrain because you can move the bike around more beneath you.Posted 8 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Pedalling standing to get up a hill and pedalling standing when traction is scarce are totally different. You have to do stuff off-road to make a techy climb that would never make sense on road.
One is all about smooth power delivery and one is all about weight balance to avoid slips and get your bike to fall upwards over the obstacles in the right way 🙂Posted 8 years agoSupercuteMember
Riding with a speedhub is much the same thing on climbs.
You're much more likely to stick with the gear you're in if the climb get's harder and that sometimes means standing up, no bad thing – gives you some upper body exercise.
As many say, hubs are much more like 14 singlespeeds than a derialleur.Posted 8 years ago
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