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Climbing big hills, and I mean big ones, double digit grades for miles, is no easy proposition. It’s scary as hell for some beginners. Some may even consider a triple crankset just to get up hills without having to walk.
Relax. It’s easier than you make it seem. Kind of.
First, I’m no lightweight, 150 pound rail. At 170-180 pounds, there’s definitely more weight on me to lose than I can get out of the bike, at any price. I can, however, climb with some exceptional climbers. There are tricks to climbing fast, and they do not include zig-zagging up a 10% grade. That should not be necessary.
Getting up a decent hill is no different, theoretically, from cycling on flat ground other than these facts:
The grade makes it a little harder.
The consequences from even a tiny mistake are huge.
Climbing a hill is all about…
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