Rise in traction
If there is a long climb ahead, then there is no point in accelerating, raising the pulse ahead of time, all the same, the momentum will not be enough for the entire distance. Pedal at your normal cadence, downshifting as needed.
There is a little trick here. you should not go to very light gears if the steepness of the rise does not require it. Too much cadence can exhaust you a lot even without pedaling stress. The load should remain moderate, but tangible at all times.
At some stage, you can even slightly lower the cadence (for example, from 90 to 70) by clearly rotating the pedals in a circle (the contacts rule), controlling the muscles and ligaments. Make sure that your knees do not wobble from side to side, the hips should be locked parallel to the frame.
It so happens that the traction has a smooth and protracted rise, and towards the very top the gradient becomes steeper. If you feel that it is getting harder to twist, then you need to apply the technique for the junkies. move as far forward as possible, the body is lower, the transmission is in lower gears. We get at this pace to the very top, you can even break it while standing.
A very nasty phenomenon is a strong headwind in the climbs. At the beginning of the hill, you are under aerodynamic cover, but when, already tired, you approach the top, then another obstacle is added. the wind. And when, finally, having driven to the very top, you hope to rest on the descent, the wind forces you to pedal, even moving down.
If the road situation permits, then on a long ascent with a steep peak, you can use the serpentine technique. Begin to wiggle from side to side and you will feel how easier it is to ride up.
Two things are responsible for the uphill. the muscles and the breath, the second comes with a “roll” on the bike, but the muscle itself does not grow. If someone tells you that a cyclist and a rocking chair are incompatible things, then do not believe.
Gym squats are the base for any cyclist keen on improving their speed performance. It is best to build muscles during the winter because they are mostly idle.
I remember that one winter season alternated a rocking chair with almost daily exercises on the machine, so in the spring I could not recognize myself. all the difficult climbs last season were given right away, as if a propeller had been inserted.
Kent 20 inch Tempest Girl’s Bike, Black Aqua
One to two barbell squat sessions per week will help build enough muscle in your thighs in a few months to confidently tumble into any lift.
The cyclist’s main enemy is excess weight, and this is especially noticeable on the climbs. Heavy Catalians can tumble along the level at quite a tempo, but as soon as the “up and down” starts, they go out very quickly.
I have a note about how to lighten the bike, and I wrote there that instead of all the tricks to reduce the weight of the bike, it is better to lose five kilograms from your carcass. the lifts will be much easier.
So before the start of the cycling season, you just need to eat a little less.
Rise in junkies
The asphalt junkie is simple. you block the amo-fork (if any), accelerate in a straight line, fly in on the inertial impulse as high as possible, and without slowing down you get the rest. It is not forbidden even at the end of the hill to bend while standing.
Ground dots are a whole art, often you cannot take them so impudently. the road may be with stones and roots, and you will not be able to drive at a speed. Therefore, we reduce the gear to one in which you can easily twist, and climb up.
The main secret is not to get out of the saddle, but to move your weight as far forward as possible, to the very tip. The body must be bent towards the steering wheel, and the arms must be bent at the elbows. Pedal smoothly, try to twist in a circle to avoid swinging.
Bike Repair Adjusting The Handlebars
Do not block the fork as it has to handle all bumps. Watch the road, avoid large rocks, holes, etc. that can cause you to lose your balance at such a low speed. If you stop, you won’t be able to ride such a steep climb again.
How to cycle uphill
The topic of today’s post is about how to learn to ride your bike more efficiently on the ups. I know that few people like to go uphill and against the wind, but I have to do it often.
I will give some simple tips from my own experience. The most important thing is that you do not need to try to prove that you are not worse than others, and break up with your last strength, especially if there is no training yet.
There is no shame in dismounting and walking safely on foot. On prolonged slides, the pulse flies into the anaerobic zone, and an increased load is applied to the joints and ligaments.
So, for a start. terminology. Cyclists call long and gentle climbs drafts, and short and steep climbs sticks.
The most effective uphill cycling workout is in the real world. If you ride in the mountains day after day, then the body itself adapts to the stress.
I remember when Murzik and I came back from the Southern Route trip, the local tramp was simply not felt. The final segment of our bike trip took place in Portugal. for almost forty days we did not see flat sections of the road, only up or down. But it was very easy to ride in the Estonian landscape after that.
Therefore, if possible, I recommend to roll out into the mountains, to a warm country before the start of the season. It’s March now, and I’m looking at. I already have a lot of friends riding along the Cote d’Azur in France and along the Spanish passes. And rightly so, they will come back rolled.
Hopefully climbing the hills by bike becomes your favorite pastime. Perhaps experienced readers will share their observations on how to prepare your body for uphills.
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A small educational program on bicycles (23 photos)
For cross-country, a bicycle with a strong and light frame (aluminum or carbon, less often titanium and magnesium) is usually used. Weight from 9 to 15 kg. Wheel diameter: 26; 27.5; 29 inches. Supplied with disc or rim brakes.
Downhill is an extreme descent on a bicycle and a rather dangerous racing discipline, the essence of which is to overcome a high-speed section (mountains, hills), as a rule, this is a downhill with various obstacles. stones, tree roots, bumps and passing the distance for a while.
Reinforced frame. in downhill you often have to jump, overcoming difficult sections of obstacles, therefore the downhill frame is reinforced in all important parts of the bike and is made with a special frame geometry. Downhill frames are made of aluminum, titanium, carbon, sometimes stainless steel. It should be understood that the bike experiences quite heavy loads during downhill, therefore the safety margin of the double suspension frame is important. The double suspension has a wide range of front suspension up to 200 mm. to cushion shock while riding. Rear suspension. for shock absorption and cushioning, better traction, maximum ride comfort. The suspension has a travel of 180–250 mm. Wide Reinforced Rims. Special sturdy 26-inch rims are generally heavy and impact resistant. The rims are spoked with a large number of spokes for greater wheel reliability. Wide tires. for maximum grip on terrain, have an aggressive tread pattern. Wide handlebars. for maximum control over the bike. Hydraulic disc brakes. for the most efficient and powerful braking. A rotor of 200. 220 mm is used for maximum reliability. We can say that the life of a cyclist can depend on the brakes, it’s not for nothing that Down Hill.
Medium travel lightweight double suspensions are almost always used, not as strong as downhill, but also not as heavy. The forks and rear shocks are usually lockable. Everything so that the suspension does not wobble and allows you to effectively twist on relatively smooth climbs. Telescopic seatposts are often used to raise the saddle while moving, which is useful on uphill and downhill. Hardtails are sometimes used. Overall very versatile bikes.
Freeride can be different. classic freeride, North Shore, dropping, etc.
Classic freeride. technical passing of difficult tracks of both natural and artificial origin. Narrow trails, dangerous jumps, steep descents.
North Shore is a ride on narrow platforms, logs, swings and other similar structures.
Dropping. jumping off cliffs, quarries. Freeride skating is mainly not for the sake of the result, but for the sake of their own pleasure.
A freeride bike is typically a sturdy full suspension with long shock travel, wide handlebars, short stem, toothed tires and powerful hydraulic disc brakes. For Nord Shore, the strength requirements are not so high, but strength plays a key role in dropping, which leads to an increase in weight. Dropping bikes often feature 24-inch wheels. For light freeriding, hardtails can be used.
Light single-speed hardtails are used, usually on 26-inch wheels, with a fork travel of about 100 mm. Frequently release both brakes to perform tricks with handlebars or the entire bike.
Trial. overcoming various obstacles such as parapets, boards, stones, logs. The ability to balance on two and one wheels is very important.
The trial bike lacks a saddle, has a rigid fork, a light frame with a very low size, 20 or 26 inch wheels with lightweight drilled rims, powerful brakes, and only one speed. Thanks to the special geometry of the frame and the long stem, the rider’s weight is strongly shifted forward, which allows for more confident balance on the rear wheel.
Hybrid is a universal solution for lovers of driving in a mood. today kilometers on the highway, and tomorrow. a little extreme cross-country.
The hybrid bike is a more fruitful alliance between MTB and road bike: a lightweight yet strong frame plus geometry suitable for efficient riding on a flat road. Big wheels, ergonomic saddle for long rides add points to efficiency.
Hybrid bicycles have been created especially for those who love speed, fast acceleration and long rides on the highway and in the city. These bikes combine the attributes of mountain and road bikes in their design. The geometry of the frame, thin narrow tires, wheels with a diameter of 28 inches, the hybrid inherited from the road bike. These technical features make it high average speed and easy acceleration. From a mountain bike, the hybrid inherits a solid frame, a large number of gears and a suspension fork.
The road bike is designed for high-speed driving on roads. As a rule, asphalt and rolled unpaved surfaces are used for driving.
The most important characteristics of a road bike are: light weight, high torsional rigidity and a more elongated fit (in practice, the fit of a cyclist on such a bike is not at all elongated, but just more compact than on any other, since it aims to reduce air resistance. a road bike has a slightly shorter center distance for the same frame size). At the same time, the distance and speed increase.
The lightest examples weigh less than 3.5 kg, which is achieved by the use of advanced technology and modern materials such as carbon, aluminum, titanium or magnesium.
At the moment, the UCI has limited the minimum weight of bicycles for official competitions, it is 6.8 kg
The frame is assembled from steel tubes, welded from aluminum or titanium tubes, or made from carbon fiber. Professional cycling uses almost exclusively carbon frames weighing less than 1 kg.
Road bike tires are very light (160-300g) and narrow (18-23mm). It differs from other types of bicycles in a special shape of the handlebars (“ram’s horns”), which allows you to change the grip.
Typically 2 stars are used in the front and up to 11 stars in the rear cassette, the gear ratios are low for high speed driving. The large sprocket of the system usually has 50-56 teeth,
Rear cassette usually 11 / 28t.
Cyclocross bike (also “cyclocross”, “cyclocross”) is a bike designed for vlokross. cross-country racing, including a circular route (from 2.5 to 3.5 km) in open areas and forest areas with obstacles in the form of fords, mud, tree roots and fallen trunks, ditches, hills, etc., to which artificial barriers can be added.
Cyclocross is a bike for fast riding on afalt and ground. Outwardly, the bike is similar to the road bike, but this is only at first glance. Cyclocross bicycles, in contrast to road bicycles, have wider tires, large gaps between the feather and the tire, a different brake design, reinforced frames, brake levers on the handlebars.
The main feature of the BMX bike is the complete absence of suspension and the presence of only one gear. Otherwise, the variations may be different.
BMX Destinations: Race (also called BMX Racing). The direction in which the fastest track race is held on a dirt track. Flatland (English flat. flat, land. surface, ground). Direction, which is also called “dancing on a bicycle.” The essence of the discipline is to perform various tricks on a flat surface. Bmx-vert (abbreviated as Vertical). The direction in which the BMX’er rolls in a U-shaped structure (ramp). Bmx – dirt (English Dirt. dirt). The direction in which tricks are performed on a dirt track with high hills.
Bmx – street (English street). The direction in which tricks are performed in an urban environment with obstacles inherent in the city, for example, stairs, edges, railings, etc.
For fat bike riders, there are competitions such as the Pugsley World Championships in Decora, Iowa. The race takes place in February, on a snow-covered track.
Road bike (city bike). a bike designed for city riding and short walks on flat terrain.
As a rule, the construction of such a bicycle is simple. Equipped with an adjustable handlebar and a large padded saddle, it is often equipped with a rack, fenders, chain guard and bell. There are no shock absorbers, often foot drum brakes. Transmission with either no shifter or planetary gearbox integrated into the rear hub.
Road bikes are not intended to be used as sports equipment.
Touring is designed for long cycling trips at a fast pace, but with the ability to ride both on good highways and, if necessary, on medium quality roads.
The overall layout of the touring bike is similar to that of a road bike, but the frame is usually longer for a smoother ride and is designed to accommodate additional equipment.
Touring differs from road bike by stronger wheels with wider rubber. Another difference is the wide range of gear changes: usually the cassette and rear derailleur are taken from the mountain bike, and the rest of the drive equipment from the road.
The ability to fit fenders and racks makes this bike suitable for cycling with a load. The bike is better suited to fast highway travel than a hybrid, but less dependent on the quality of the road than a road bike.
Folding bicycles are multi-speed. Wheels are usually 20 “or 24”, there are even 16 “
The folding bike is convenient to store in small spaces and can be transported by car or public transport. Suitable for leisurely walks over relatively short distances.
The disadvantage of all folding bicycles is poor rolling due to the small size of the wheels.
Track bike The track bike is a special type of racing bike designed exclusively for racing on the track and has no gearshift mechanism or brakes. The wheel is rigidly connected by a chain to the pedals, so there is no free wheeling. Wheels are typically 28 ”, although the front and rear often have different diameters. The steering wheel is “ram’s horns”. This is the lightest type of bike.
A cruiser is a bike designed for city walks. It features a unique design and construction, a low number of gears (from 1 to 8). Today the cruiser is chosen by lovers of comfortable city and suburban driving, as well as authentic classic style.
The bike frame is designed in such a way as to provide the rider with a comfortable upright position. All accessories are designed for maximum convenience.
Bicycle weight about 8kg.
Ashanbike Ashanbike (ashanobike, lentbike, govnobike, lohobike, ferrous metal, droscop, etc.) is a general class of bicycles that are of extremely low quality, but at the same time ponty appearance. The main manufacturing country is China. On the outside it looks like a bicycle, but this is just a partially working model of it. This bike is bought together with a barbecue and a bucket of meat when the company leaves for a barbecue, where it remains, in whole or in parts. It is not recommended to buy such bicycles even for children. it is difficult and dangerous to ride a model.