Today, cycling is becoming more and more popular. And an increasing number of people are fond of it. During the exciting riding tour, climbing hills may be the dispensable process for some cyclists who love to challenge yourself. Especially, if you take part in a mountain race, climbing hills is one of the problems you must deal with.
As for experienced riders, climbing hills is a small case. But to climb hills on a bicycle isn't everyone's idea of enjoy. So, if you are a green hand to climb hills, what should you do to brighten your riding trip? Maybe many people would worry about it. But just take it easy. Next, I would like to share some practical cycling tactics for climbing with you, which can help you a lot.
Own a good mental spirit before.
There is no doubt that climbing hill is the activity which would run out of more energy and spirit. So before climbing, you should prepare yourself mentally. But how to make preparation for it? For one thing, you should accept that cycling uphill would take much more effort. Once you stop fighting against the hill, it is possible for you to spare more time and more energy to motivate your body to go on. For another thing, it is better for you to hold a good expectation. Looking forward to the beautiful scenery you are on the top of the hill, you would feel extremely excited. And the great expectation would give you more energy to challenge the hills in a virtual way. A good upcoming result is a kind of motivation, isn't it? Therefore, owning a good prospect is also significant, reducing your agony.
Maintain your gearing and cadence as steady as possible.
During the process of riding uphill, generally, it is impossible for the green-hands to go fast. So don't expect to climb at a fast speed. It is unrealistic. And if you do in this way without any consideration, it is more likely to wear you out. If you are the one who fulfills with energy, the aftermath would make little effect on you. But if you are the rookie who lacks strength, it would affect you badly. Thus, you have better to stay in the gear where you start to climb for as long as you can. And shift down only to keep your cadence steady. And the reasonable speed for you is 70 to 90 rpm. So don't ride at a too slow or too fast speed. You would get bogged down if you drop too low, while if you ride too fast, you would waste the unnecessary momentum.
Know how to shift gear riding uphills.
It is well recognized that gear is the important part of a bicycle. And choosing the right gear is essential for you to make a comfortable and easy riding travel. If you change the gears effectively, they would definitely assist you with extra power. However, some riders don't well in shifting gears. Practice makes perfect. If you cannot do it skillfully, don't despair, what you need to do is to keep practicing it. What you need to pay attention to is that you must shift the gears before you reach to the terrain gradient change, not when you have already to meet it. Besides, you need to pedal persistently while you change gears, so as to maintain the momentum. Something else, as for cycling uphill, it is wise for you to apply a low gear. Because the low gear would help you to pedal fast reasonably. But, of course, you need a higher gear to go back down.
Perseverance means a lot.
Climbing hills would not be the easy work for some new cyclists. But the more you do, the more experienced you would be. So, even if you get depression at first, don't give up easily. In order to conquer it, you need to persevere. Keep practicing and then you do it as a habit. The more time you try, the more skills you can learn. Practicing it from time to time, you would be used to the feel for riding uphill on the bike. What is more, you can practice the right timing for shifting your body weight on the bicycle to accomplish the maximum power but with the least attempt or endeavor. From the beginning, you can start with the shorter hills. And then according to your facts, you can try to climb longer and longer hills gradually. If you want to conquer the hills successfully, you have nothing to do but do it step by step. You cannot make it only in one day, which is the castle in the air. So just to practice, to practice and to practice.
Perfect your posture and route.
In order to reach the top of the hill, what posture you use and which route you choose to take up much. As you move up the hill, you use the posture of crouching down would help you a lot. At that moment, you should keep your body and your elbows low. At the same time, you should keep your chest open slightly for breathing easier and relax your upper body as well. As for arriving the top of the hill, the best posture is to stand up. Standing up from the seat would offer all of your body weight to help you push down hard on the pedals. Undoubtedly, standing up would use up much more energy than sitting down. So it is unwise to apply the technique for a long time. And just use it when you toward to the top of the hill. Apart from the posture, which side you ride also plays a constructive role. Facing the turns, taking the long way on the outer side of it is a good choice. Illogically, it may be stupid. But in this way, you would lose less momentum.
In the past, the experience of riding uphill may be not the pleased one for you. But if you acquire these practical cycling techniques for climbing, you will be fond of climbing hills. No more word is necessary. Just to conquer it, you will be the winner who hopping on the peak.