How to Approach a Long Climb

Body Position and Tips for Better Road Bike Climbing

When it comes to road bike riding, climbing better and faster is at the top of every cyclist’s list. But how do you do it? There are several factors that come into play: having the right bike setup, proper body position, consistent and efficient cadence, and the right mindset are just a few tips that will help you become a better climber on your road bike.

Best Road Bikes for Climbing

Bikes like the Liv Langma are made for climbing efficiency and power. It’s the pro team’s top choice for all-around road racing because the frame is made specifically for women for a comfortable fit that maximizes your power, gearing that keeps you spinning even on the steep ups, and light weight that makes moving uphill a breeze.  

Climbing Body Position

For climbing, being in the right body position ensures you don’t waste any unnecessary energy. For long, steady climbs, staying seated and placing your hands on top of the bars instead of on the hoods enables a more relaxed posture and open lungs. Here is the best body position for seated climbing:

  1. Light Hands: Don’t death grip your handlebars! Holding on too tightly when climbing is a good sign that you have too much weight in your hands, which could cause twitchy handling, numb fingers, and sore shoulders.
  2. Strong Core: Engage those abs! A strong core allows your hands to be light on the bars and enables you to breathe easier.
  3. Relaxed Shoulders: Your upper body should be as relaxed as possible, with all the work being done by your lower body. If you find your shoulders getting stiff and creeping up by your ears, take a deep breath and relax your shoulders.
  4. Straight Back: If your back is curved and you are slumped over your bars, it will make breathing and relaxed posture impossible.

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