I am not very bike technical so I hope this makes sense. I have two bikes, a Specialized Diverge Sport A1 2016 that I use in the winter and a Condor made bike that I use in the summer. The Condor is 20 years old and was bought as a TT bike. The gears have now been changed from a TT setup to a road setup.
The Specialized has 34:50T - 11:32t, 10x speed gearing. I have been using structured training for a while and switched to Trainerroad about a year ago. I can now spin up hills much better than I used to. I was a stomper. I can spin at 100rpm without issue so have plenty of room to spin when I go up hills.
My Condor has Campagnolo 39:53 - 12:27, 9x speed gearing. I find I run out of gears on some of the same hills I can spin up on the Specialized. I have to get out of the saddle. On most of my hills (compared to where some of you live, these would be minor blips, not hills ) this is not a problem. Last week though I did Leith Hill and just about made it to the top.
My question really is, how do you all train for out of the saddle climbing? Not many of the workouts cover this. @chad wants us to spin up a hill where possible. I found I recovered really well and could continue at a decent pace (for me) over the top. I feel it was a lack of practice that was the issue and using my muscles in a different way.
I was wondering if it was worth doing more out of the saddle climbing in a bigger gear than just using an easier gear and spinning up all the hills just to get used to it.