Whether you should stand up or not depends on a number of factors: length and steepness of the hill, your gearing, whether you want to shift or not, trail surface, your body size and physiology, stage of race or ride, etc.Picard said:
Exactly what I tend to do. Really it's just a little common sense given the situation.Iktome said:For me, if it's short, I stand up and hammer over it without shifting. If it's a longer hill, I shift down and remain seated. Early in a race I try to stay seated and use a higher cadence to preserve the legs as much as possible, but sometimes that plan doesn't work and I have to go harder, earlier than I'd like. I'll always stand if I'm in the wrong gear as I enter the climb rather than stall out or risk a mechanical problem by trying to shift down. You'll be surprised what you can get over at very low cadences if you just commit to it.
I usually sit and spin, but on long fireroad grinds, I alternate between sitting and throwing the lockouts, kick up a couple of cogs and standing. I too have an FSR XC with a Reba up front with a Poplock. Lockouts rule. I only wish I had a bar mounted lockout for the rear.Picard said:
Standing the entire time on a climb would likely make the climb faster for anyone. But in the grand scheme of things, the energy you waste from all that standing will tire you out and make your overall ride slower.tjp said:FWIW, I'm 6-0 and 165. All my best times on my (8 to 15 percent) 15 minute road TT climb have come when I stood the entire or nearly the entire climb. Just the way my body works. Yours is likely different.
Just from observing videos and at the races, one of the traits I've seen in the experts/pro/semi pros is how often they are out of the saddle. Most often powering and not just doing it to rest or use different muscles.Picard said:
Did you read the whole article?Berkeley Mike said:I can't agree with his assessment of standing. He tends to dismiss it as a method for dealing with a mistake, relegate it to a change of pace and marginalize it. A whole set of muscles to use for a different purpose is much more esssential. Add to the idea that there is more to riding, especailly mtb, than just sitting your keester on the saddle.
Well Sheldon says it all :And we could ask Lance about climbing out of the saddle. Or maybe Sheldon could just say, "hey, man, your climbing would be better if you stayed in your saddle and picked better gear. Jeez! Some champion."