6 Climbing Mistakes To Avoid When Cycling | GCN Pro Tips

6 Climbing Mistakes To Avoid When Cycling | GCN Pro Tips


– Riding uphill is hard enough as it is, so don’t make it any more
difficult than it needs to be. (upbeat music) No matter how long or
short a climb may be, the most efficient and comfortable way of getting to the top is to pace yourself. So avoid, at all costs, going flat out at the beginning, and
ending up in oxygen debt, and then running the rest
of the way up the climb in a rather sorry state. So don’t blow, and end up slow. Spin to win is all well and good, but don’t go too low. Now Chris Froome somehow
gets away with it, with his amazing washing machine style, but for us mere mortals,
spinning at such a high cadence not only looks silly, but
it’s simply not efficient. Go too low, you’ll only end up slow. At the other end of the cadence
spectrum is over-gearing. In many ways, it’s even
worse than under-gearing. Why? Well, firstly, you may actually do some
damage to your knees due to the torque and the load that you’re putting through them. And secondly, quite simply, you’ll be very mechanically inefficient. And also, you may
actually become in danger of grinding to a halt, and actually toppling off your bike. Feel the burn, but let those pedals turn. Know when to shift gear at the right time. So, not on the steepest part of the climb, when you are hardly moving at all. The torque through the
mech will only result in your gears grinding and crunching, and often result in the
chain getting jammed. Ideally, sit down and shift in advance of any severe gradient change. Also, try and avoid
shifting from the big ring into the small ring, when you’re putting a lot of torque through the bike, as this can often result
in a dropped chain. Although on that occasion,
I got away with it. So shift smooth, don’t lose your groove. Really, I hear you ask. Well yes, really, because I’ve seen it for myself first hand. Incredibly, some people do actually try to climb out of the saddle whilst holding onto the tops of the bars. Just don’t do it. You’re in hardly any
control of the bike at all, and you might end up
taking somebody else out, as well as looking like a
complete and utter plonker. And that’s English for idiot, in whatever your respective territory is. Don’t climb on the tops, it’s
better on the drops, or hoods. Avoid, at all costs,
stuffing food, i.e. a cake or an energy bar, into your mouth when you’re riding hard on a climb, especially a steep one. Doing this will leave you trying in inhale through a filter of soggy, mashed-up food, likely causing you to inhale, or vomit, or choke on what you’re
supposed to be eating. Don’t do it, it looks horrible as well. Give yourself time to chew,
that way you won’t hurl or spew. Now, I’m sure you’ll
agree that avoiding those climbing mistakes will
make for a far better climbing experience. And we’d also like to hear
about your climbing errors. Leave them down in the
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100 Comments on “6 Climbing Mistakes To Avoid When Cycling | GCN Pro Tips”

  1. That’s what I do sometimes i attack too early on a climb and I burn out too early !trouble is I want to get up the hill quickly I am getting better, at climbing though .🚵‍♂️

  2. Great advice, I love the climbs, and do ride within myself on a moderate gear.. I also look forward to the descent, which is half the fun of getting to the top.. 67MPH off the Izoard. My first climb, and I must confess to being a bit emotional riding the same roads as the bygon heroes of the tour.

  3. When I come downhill and try to paddle I face difficulty because when I try to paddle, the rpm at which I try to paddle is very low as compared to what rpm it requires. Should I try to match with the freely rotating rpm of my paddle? And when I do so I feel like my cycle is not in my control as I feel like my legs a moving very frequently. Is it normal to think so ? Please do suggest.

  4. So to summarize dont go down low you are sure to be slow and why because on high you still will not fly, thinking you be on top but he recommend better on the drops or some unlucky chap could end up flop all messed up from food that you tried to gulp

  5. Most of my friend always doing no
    2 skill..endup,they are go faster at early climb,but very slow in the middle..they run out the cadence..

  6. You're tired & trying hard to catch your breath…but at the same time you want to talk. Can hardly tell what you're trying to say…

  7. What's the trick for super steep ascents? When I sit back I feel like im about to wheelie onto my back, but when I stand the back wheel looses traction and slips… Asking for a Floridian riding in the Alps…

  8. Don't always cut all the way down into a curve, like you would on a motorcycle or in a car, as the exit is sometimes steeper.

  9. Every day I see idiots shifting hard passing by traffic lights on flat streets. Make video – what is the difference between shifting and breaks!;)

  10. Coming to a stop on an incline and not planning to land on uphill foot. If you land on the downhill foot you will lose your balance and crash hard with the bike coming on top of you. I managed to do this on a fully loaded tour bike and if I were not wearing a helmet would have cracked my head open because the load of the bike made the whole event extremely dangerous for me and anyone around me including oncoming cars. I landed with my head whiplashing towards the pavement and skidded downhill. Plan ahead and if you need to stop on an upward incline by always angle your bike a little so you end up landing on the uphill foot/side of your bike. It can feel counterintuitive but I learned my lesson the hard way.

  11. I have a theory that you can get up a hill faster if you lose 30 pounds of bodyfat, rather than taking off a 30 pound backpack. I don't know if it's ever been tested. My thinking is that if you lose the bodyfat. your body would be more efficient, your blood wouldn't have to travel through all those fat cells and it could just go straight to the muscles.

  12. 5: Climbing on the tops (on the handlebars): I had a fall doing this, while climbing uphill, and initially wasn't sure why I fell. I am 100kgs, so the fall hurt, but being just an amateur in cycling technique, I initially assumed bike failure rather than rider error. I was attacking a medium hill and wanted to maintain a speed to the top. I was fighting to preserve 15mph as I was close to the top, but my cadence was falling. To generate the power, I was standing, and to preserve balance, was transferring weight to the handlebars. Then it is as though the chain slipped, there was no resistance in the pedal as I was thrusting down, I lost my balance, and fell. The chain however, did not slip. I believe that by leaning on the handlebars, there was a transfer of my weight toward the front wheel, hence less on the rear. With the power I was trying to apply, the rear wheel simply lost traction and spun. When you expect resistance in the pedal, and there is suddenly none right when you are pushing down on it, and standing, you're gonna fall.
    So I support tip number 5, but wish also to stress how important a tip it actually is.

  13. I ride in the Massif Centrale in SW France. At 75, the lower the gear the better! Slow is good! Triple chainwheel on my Gitane is essential!

  14. I have 2 to add, wonder what everyone thinks of them…

    1. Don't breath out on the same leg. When you breath out, you naturally tend to put a bit more force on that down stroke. Might not seem like a lot but if you don't this 100x on the same leg, you'll start to wear out that leg. Trying switching between legs every 5th or 6th breath. Plus, it gives you something to concentrated on other than the burn.

    2. Alternate between standing and sitting. Surprised this one wasn't listed. Each position uses somewhat different motions and muscle groups, so you can give your quads a bit of a rest by standing, give your glutes a bit of a rest by sitting.

  15. Wow… As a relatively new roadie I feel like its my duty to learn of these mistakes and avoid them at all costs. Amazingly, I have for the entirety of my time on a road bike always ridden out of saddle while holding the handlebars. I'm ashamed of myself

  16. Shifting too late from the big ring to small ring at start of the climb. You almost always hear someone do this in a group ride at start of a hard climb.

  17. I'm a fitness biker, not a racer – so I spin my way up and try to make up time later because I've only got myself to beat. That being said, the better I know a climb, the less likely I am to spin like a sewing machine.

  18. I've got bull horn handlebars that I like to grip on climbs… Not got a fancy bike… But I do find it easier with that grip

  19. Actually I wanted to see a comparison between getting out of the saddle to climb or staying in the saddle. Which is more efficient? Or should I alternate the two?

  20. Hey by the way for all you cyclist out there if theres a sidewalk please use it and if there isnt please make some effort to be near the edge of the road. I see way too often a group of bikers riding in the middle of the road letting nobody pass and causing traffic.

  21. This video is just useful for the British. For the rest of us, who actually grew up cycling and climbing, that's common sense..

  22. When I began cycling I always tried to get to the top gear ASAP, but after a while, I realized how stupid it was.

  23. one question regarding cross chaining:
    i have 3 rings (22/32/44)
    and a 9 gear cassette (11-32)
    which gears should i avoid

  24. Please please bring back Matt, Simon and Dan and not the fake new presenters.
    Also, where is this? I'm gonna book a ticket and go.

  25. Very interesting comments. I learned a lot, about curves and steepness and such. Thanks! Me personally I actually do switch from big ring to small while climbing, easy off only slightly to avoid the chain being forced. But what I often do is at exactly the same time I go up a gear in the back. I find this avoids a jolting difference and allows me to keep a similar speed, at least for a bit. But maybe it’s just a characteristic of my bike.

  26. the second one really hit me hard when i rode uphill in our area (20-30km distance), i went between lowest gear to 3rd, it was painful and inefficient, wasted a lot of good energy. by the way im just new in the biking world so i wont mind if you could give me some tips in training regarding going uphill in constant and fair speed 🙂

  27. My climbing is pretty bad, at the steepest portion wife called to find out what time will I finish and come back for breakfast! 😳
    ……

  28. Have to admit, I've climbed on the tops. Saying that, I actually generally always ride with my left hand on the tops and my right hand always on the hood just in case I need to brake.

  29. I once had to get off my mountain bike to get up a short but really steep section of trail. When I got to the top I realised my bike was still near the bottom. I had completely forgot about it while I started hiking.

  30. Hey, I know this might be a silly question but I spent about a month unaware of the effects of the different gears. Should I be concerned about my knees after using only the highest gear for about a month? (Note: I live in a really hilly city)

  31. Please GCN, could you let us know the locations of your videos in future? A quick line in the notes is fine ; – )

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