How To Recover From A Failed Climb | E-Bike Climbing Skills


– [Steve] This looks pretty
straightforward, Chris. – [Chris] It looks a little
bit loose to me, Steve, just go steady.
– It’s easy, absolutely easy. Oh, God (cries out). – What are you doing?
– Exactly, what am I doing? Yes, an innocuous looking
climb, a simple climb failed, and not only do you spoil
the flow for yourself, you spoil it for others behind you too. – How on earth do you
recover from a failed climb? (soft upbeat music) – Well, Chris, first things first, I was on the right line,
I was in the right gear, all I’m gonna do now is
just restart my climb, but it’s not quite as straightforward as that.
– No, it’s not. – I think number one is
actually get your seat down so you’re not trying to mount
the bike, get your leg over, get your seat down so it’s nice and easy, and what that also does, gives you a good low center of gravity. If you’ve got your seat up, you’re actually perched up there, probably unlikely to put
your feet on the ground and if you have a look, you’re actually quite limited
in your body movements, especially rearwards when
you’ve got the seat up. However, if you put that seat down, you can actually move your
body forwards and backwards a lot more than with the
seat up, and that’s important because when you start
off on a steep climb, you need to be weighing your
front and your rear tire to get that sweet spot
when you go on a climb. So, seat down and then
you can put the seat up when you get further up. (soft upbeat music) – To add to that tip from Steve, I think it’s all about body position too. If you’ve got your seat jacked up and you’re above the bike straight-armed, it’s really easy, if the
back wheel has got grip, to actually loop the bike out like that. So, if you drop your seat, get the weight over the
front of the handlebars, drop your elbows, almost try
and chew your handlebars, get the weight over the front
wheel to stop it looping out, if you’ve got the grip
that should be the best way to climb up that hill. – That’s a crazy technique. (Jazz music) Well, we made that look
pretty simple, right? – Yeah, nice tip, Steve, loving that. – However, we’ve both got flat pedals. What about if you clipped in? Now I don’t clip in. – I don’t clip in.
– You don’t clip in. But I’ve seen people topple over. How about this, how about you
simply grab your mate behind who’s holding you up.
– Right. – So you’ve got all the time in the world. – So you’re clipped in. – Clipped in or flat pedals or whatever. Then you’re set. You’ve got this balance
point there with your mate and you simply just push off. (soft upbeat music) – But Steve, what about
me, how do I start? – Aw, crikey, well just grab
something else supportive. What about that tree next to you? – Oh, good idea.
– Try that, so easy. – So just lean on it. – [Steve] Lean on it and away you go. – What, and then put my foot on? – [Steve] Yeah, go (laughing). Not that tree, this tree, I said grab the tree,
not the freaking bush, you just grab a nice strong tree, this happens to be a
birch and away you go. (soft upbeat music) – So on these steeper, faster climbs, you might come in at a higher
gear than you might need if you’re coming to a stop, so a really nice hack for you
is to use your walk button to change the gear into an easier gear. All you need to do is just
engage your walk button, change up to an easier gear. That way, you’re not gonna run the risk of snapping a chain or skipping a gear. So it’s all in first,
change up to boost mode, get your foot in the right position, and you’re in a nice easy gear. – [Steve] I like it Chris, I like it. (Jazz music) Another important consideration if you’re starting off
on steep, loose ground is your angle or your trajectory when you’re gonna go back up that climb. For example, I’m here
pointing straight up the hill, this can be very, very difficult to start off in this position. So I’ve now moved my bike to a 45 degree angle relative to the hill and what I’m gonna do is
start off really smoothly, make sure I get the arc done first, and then gradually increase my momentum so you just build your way up that hill. (soft upbeat music) – Nice tip, Steve, really
like that technique, but remember, it shouldn’t be
an all out explosion of power, if you do that you’re gonna wheel spin, probably blow your line. There’s a really advanced technique and I like to call it the
clutch-back brake technique. Basically, you’re letting
the power of the motor deliver to the back wheel, but you’re monitoring
it with the back brake and the delivery of that power. What you need to do is activate
the down-stroke of the pedal whilst holding on to that back brake and you’ll feel the motor loaded and then just gently let it go
while severing the back brake and you’re away up the hill
and increase the power. – So there you go, an encyclopedia on how to restart a failed hill climb. I just want to add something, Chris, maybe tire pressure and
tire choice to that, is that important?
– Yeah, definitely. That’s a really good one, I think if you’re struggling
all the time on the climbs then you might be running your
tires a little bit harder. But before that even happens, I think looking ahead on
the trail, picking a line, picking where the grip
is are vitally important. – And finally, if all else fails, simply go back down the
hill and try it again, and if that fails, go back down
the hill and try that again, because that is actually the great part about e-biking is conquering
all these climbs, right? – Yeah, learning from your
mistakes, advanced techniques, getting time on the bike is gonna make all those climbs a lot, lot easier. – And that’s it, let us know your comments or if you’ve got any
questions about hill-climbing, let us know in the comments box below. – And if you’ve enjoyed today’s video, be sure to subscribe to EMBN by clicking this globe
in the middle of us here. – And what else we got,
in terms of climbing? The slab? – The slab, and we’ve got
the unclimbable rock as well, we did it out in the middle of Wales, it was a really big rock slab as well, it’s a cool technique. – Don’t forget to give us thumbs up, and see you next time.