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Ralphnorman

Sit or Stand?

When going up hills (I mean at least Cat 4 type stuff) do you find it easier to sit or stand on the pedals? Been thinking about this for a while, and I know that I go faster when i'm sitting but i feel better when I'm standing, just wondering what everyone else does.
berck

I do both. I prefer to sit as long as I can, but stand as the road tends to get up in incline, or I just want to increase my speed. I also stand just to get the ole rear off the seat for a few seconds. I generally don't stand too long though.

What I find is that my HR tends to be more stable sitting, but can increase quite a bit while standing. Of course, a lot depends on how fast I'll be pushing it, which is what I try to do while I'm standing.
thunderthighs

niether..is correct, if its a tough climb everyone stands..but if its a long long climb,sit.. it varies.. really does... ciao
cardinal guzman

If I'm feeling good then I'll sometimes stand to get into a higher cadence, If I'm feeling bad I'll sometimes stand to take the load off the slow-twitch muscles for a few seconds (in my mind). When I was your age I'd stamp all the way up hills - like fell running on a bike. These days I have been known to stand all the way up hills because I've collapsed and am pushing. Embarassed  Smile
headwind

its both.  no way around it.
Bartali

Sometimes you have to stand (gradient, change of position etc), but generally I sit for most of the time on anything over 2km.

Like HW and TT - its both, but I am mostly a sitter.
CapeRoadie

Muscles need variety, and they need to rest, so while some rest, others work, and vice versa.  It's both.  Try pulling up for an entire climb instead of pushing down.  Then try moving straight horizontal with your feet during the pedaling motion.  Pretty soon you'll be tensioning the crank the full 360 degrees with no "dead spots", and you will eventually achieve pedaling efficiency...
crash48

It's a bit of both based on your pace, steepness, attacking etc.

On long climbs it is good to give the muscles a rest so you stand for a little while and stretch other muscles. But on long climbs it is best to sit and get a good rhythm going.

Of course, if you are a climber, you may want to maintain your pace so you stand and keep the pace up. Moreover, you may be attacking so stand up and give it some-or you have to respond to an attack.

However, some times the climb is too steep and you have no choice but to stand and grind your way over the top.
Ralphnorman

I can't sit for too long actually, unless i'm spinning a very easy gear, hurts my knees(surprise surprise Rolling Eyes ) so i tend to stand to find my rhythm first then sit once i'm settled and all the attacks have gone and i'm in the group i want to be in.
Jackov

turnaround, coast to the pub*, and stand at the bar.



*what name would the pub have? We are quite coastal out here, and a country pub is very likely to be Ship, Anchor, HMS Victory, Admiral So&So, etc. What are the pub names in more mountainous country?
Ralphnorman

Jackov wrote:
turnaround, coast to the pub*, and stand at the bar.
So you're a wuss then Jackov? I remember reading a Cycling Weekly i think in which they were discussing if current riders are too soft for climbs and won't enter them in they have a big hill in them....
cardinal guzman

Jackov wrote:
turnaround, coast to the pub*, and stand at the bar.



*what name would the pub have? We are quite coastal out here, and a country pub is very likely to be Ship, Anchor, HMS Victory, Admiral So&So, etc. What are the pub names in more mountainous country?


White Lion, Red Lion, Black Lion, The George, The Crown, Duke of Wellington, all kinds of tradesmens arms, Shoulder of mutton, Shepherd's rest, the Ram's head, the Blue ball*, the Blue Pig and of course, the ubiquitous Greene man.
In the last 15 years you'd be be served Old Peculiar out of a jug in the Rams Head and the Horse and Jockey both in the hills to the East of Manchester, now it's panini toasties and similar business lunch food.
Biosphere

Jackov wrote:
turnaround, coast to the pub*, and stand at the bar.



*what name would the pub have? We are quite coastal out here, and a country pub is very likely to be Ship, Anchor, HMS Victory, Admiral So&So, etc. What are the pub names in more mountainous country?


Well you quite often get the Kings Head in the shires and the King Prawns Head in coastal towns.
smarauder68

I thought this was a thread about urinating...whoops!
MAILLOT JAUNE

LOL  Laughing
cyclingtv

smarauder68 wrote:
I thought this was a thread about urinating...whoops!
but in your case..  wouldn't that have been.. sit or squat Razz

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