So for those that do long rides with lots of climbing - do you suffer?
What have you learned so you don’t?
Because I have a stupid ride I have attempted twice - but failed twice. ( full route is 380KM and 9600m )
mainly due to been broken / weather / safety.
So the route has a lot of climbing - and a lot of the climbs are 20% - 33%.
My bike fit is ok with a normal ride - but because i end up winching up the hills i’m finding i’m getting a sore ass from chaffing / not stitting properly.
A large saddle bag makes it sway when standing, which means i generally sit.
I have suitable gearing lowest was a 31t front with 40t rear
This seems like something to address. Lack of ability to stand with some regular frequency is a recipe for discomfort on longer rides and efforts. Even without changing or fixing the bag, I’d guess that standing for even short breaks (like 10-30 pedal strokes) every 10-15 mins would be a benefit vs extended seated riding.
i did stand when i could and often rolled the decents standing up… it was a gentle pace so no need to smash every section.
the sore bits are definatly from sitting too upright on the top of my bars ( not hoods ) as my neck and shoulders were getting tired… More strength training over winter is needed to allow me to hold a “better” position for longer.
Good point. That is key for many of the riders I see for bike fits. Insufficient strength can really show it’s head in medium to longer duration rides. That “whole body strength” aspect is real deal and something I have personally adopted to good results in the last year.
Here’s to hoping that and any other changes you can make will get you fully comfortable
thanks - after a bike fit earlier in the year i have done stretching several times a week and i can do a silly ride like this and still be able to get on and off my bike.
beside the usual aches of riding for hours and hours i don’t feel too bad.
I just hate gym work - its so dull - but needs must
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