Uphill Mountain Biking Tips : Mountain Bike Sitting Tips

Uphill Mountain Biking Tips : Mountain Bike Sitting Tips


When we’re climbing seated, we’re able to
really conserve a lot of energy. I’m going to show you some of the ways that I save energy
when I’m climbing now. First thing, I’m in an easier gear than if I would be if I was
standing, second thing, is I’m just really lightly grasping the handlebars. It’s almost
like I’m just on the handlebars just touching them, sometimes you don’t even need to fully
wrap your hands around — you can save a lot of energy that way. I’m not using any upper
body strength if I don’t have to. Basically I’m letting the bike steer itself up the hill,
which is a nice way to do it. But now I’m getting to a section that’s a little bit more
trying, and it’s a little bit more necessary for me to pay attention to what I’m doing.
So, as I head up this section, what you’ll see is that I’ll go from having this light,
almost just resting my hands on the handlebars grip, to one that’s creating more downward
force so I can really get up and around this corner. So, getting lower, my hands grasp
on the bars I’m really now, as you see me go past you, I’m really getting lower and
driving, but as soon as I get up here, I can go back to just having my hands floating all
around because I don’t need the interaction of my hands when I’m not doing technical climbing,
they can just be meat hooks — they don’t need to have any grasping force. The way the
bikes are designed they track just fine going up the hill, so it’s all about using as little
energy as you have to. So, I’m seated, peddling nice smooth circles to maintain traction and
when I get to the harder, steeper parts I’m still just keeping it smooth — just applying
more power, especially using a lot more upper body.