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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:55 pm 
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I live on a pretty big hill and I'm a bit intimidated bombing up and down it. I'm very new to road biking. Should I look for some flat area to bike around first or is variety the spice of life?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:09 pm 
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Rty1138 wrote:
I live on a pretty big hill and I'm a bit intimidated bombing up and down it. I'm very new to road biking. Should I look for some flat area to bike around first or is variety the spice of life?


Hills are your friends, take it at your pace and watch yourself get stronger faster !!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:45 pm 
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You need both so, yes do travel out to a flatter area regularly. You use different muscle groups climbing v on the flats and both need to get worked if you want to be fast all round. That hill you live on... later that'll be the greatest boon to your cycling career. Just hard to appreciate it when starting out :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:26 pm 
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After you get some miles in your legs the hills won't seem so torturous. I just came back from a year of injury and little fitness. 700 miles later and hills are starting to get enjoyable again.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:57 pm 
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great living in the hills. you'll be the strongest one eventually...especially if you have to climb to get home after a long ride.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:38 pm 
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Do what you enjoy. There's a place for both for training, but if you're not having fun, you're not going to do either.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:49 pm 
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Simple answer no. Yours rides are not a race. Enjoy going up be ause you get to come down.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:47 pm 
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I wish I lived in the hills, my son and I drive most weekends so that we can ride in "the hills". Just take it easy and build up and as the others say you will be the strongest.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:47 am 
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I can't remember the last time I rode on the flat, it's so boring. I love ridding through the hills, great scenery. Defiantly will strengthen your legs and be fun at the same time, as stated it's great coming down. Always good to see PBs on some of the harder/steeper hills to. Just go your own pace and build up gradually. Enjoy. !!


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If the OP lives among terrain similar to me, ending a ride with a steep climb can blow. And with the exception of warm weather rides, coasting down hills for a few miles in frigid temps does nothing to warm you up. Consequently, many of my rides involve driving to a lowland destination. My thinking is this makes sense for a beginner, until they get more confident with bike handling and build up that butt callous. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:20 pm 
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Nothing boring at all about riding at threshold and above on the flat. It's a buzz. The speed you go and the higher cadences produce a different type of stress compared to the same power on a hill. Both types of work should be done. Lots of riders in my area, which is ridiculously hilly (even called XXXXX Hills) don't have high average speeds, even after years of riding, when they hit the flats. They just didn't do the work I'm guessing. Not used to that type of cadence. Faster pedalling puts a higher load on your aerobic system.

Do both OP, ignore the hardcore spend your life on a hill nonsense. You will end up learning to love climbing though, it's a separate art form and massively useful when starting to do intervals outdoors.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:48 am 
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Thanks all for the feedback. Luckily I live in an area where I can choose some easy climbs or hardcore climbs. I'll mix it up.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:59 pm 
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Just go at the same intensity whichever the terrain is. If you use a powermeter or a HR monitor you'll need to slow down to maintain intensity, same as you don't use any as well. Don't focus on speed, just intensity and perceived effort. With all the combinations we have nowadays in our bikes you can pedal easy or hard in 90% of areas.


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