I was taking it easy this weekend after the 200km Grand Slam last week and thought I would try something different. Someone had suggested riding up Norton Summit in the big ring only, so I tried it this morning.
To my surprise, I was only a tad slower than normal taking 22mins and was fresh as a daisy at the top.
Never got out of breath once and was flying past No 169.
Anyone else tried this?
i was meant to have this conversation with the muddies on Saturday but didnt get the chance...but what are "compacts"?? i have heard it mentioned on here a number of times but have noooo idea what they are......
Basically a 34 tooth small chain ring instead of a 39 and a 50 (I think) tooth big chain ring instead of a 53.. I haven't got them so can't talk much about the benefits etc but the intent is you have more lower/easier gears for climbing in..
I guess it's fine if you really like riding with a crossed-up chainline.
It is my belief that if you ride with a crossed chain as Alasdair suggests, you will shorten the life span of your chain and wear into the teeth especially riding up hill with alot more torque. The benifits of what you did David was more of a mental challenge as opposed to a gear ratio
Still a good effort but i would be looking at the long term damage to expensive gearing myself, but i am no expert, would be happy to be proven wrong!!
I have done it a few times before. I am no gun rider but did it just to see if I could, I found as some others have that it is relatively "easy" but you dont seem to gain or lose much in terms of time it takes to complete the climb. Its nice for a change sometimes, bit hard on the knees but...
I preffer to spin not grind, normally I cycle up a hill with a 90+ cadence, I'm unhappy when cadence drops below 70. Helps that I run compacts. I would suggest that the strain on ligaments, knees etc to be a negative when grinding up... My 2c there ;-)
agreed, I like to keep my cadence up too, look after my knees and save energy…
Doing hills totally out of the saddle is good fun.. Probably a tad easier on your legs but will use more energy and give you a great aerobic workout.. I did Anstey all the way out of the saddle recently.. I didn't really intend to but started out that way and felt good so kept it in a higher gear and stayed out of the saddle to the top..
Wow, some excellent responses here, I've learnt so much, thanks guys.
I usually do the higher cadence thing and get there pretty well. It was good to try a lower cadence and experience a different effect on legs and back etc. Must admit that the back was getting tight just before the last bend but soon eased where it gets easier again.
I was mr Big ring years ago, many a drivetrain stretched to the bejeesuz for no reason.
Now i'm mr 44/18 on my commutter single speed, i work hard at maintaining a high cadence/speed on the flat and enjoy zinging around the hills in Sydneys eastern suburbs.
New Roadie this saturday tho, can't wait to join the bunches on the flat.
If your doing strength work, try and stay in the saddle while climbing in the big ring.
When I took the Missus up to the bollards I stayed in the big the ring, but I was considerabley slower than usual, but fresh as a daisy.