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  1. #1
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    Some climbing tips

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    Here's a blog post from a well respected coach in Portland about ways to make long climbs more tolerable.
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  2. #2
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    Good advice. I like her first tip "Accept the climb." Not that I'm a great climber, but I did find that once I changed my thinking from "Crap, another climb, I suck at climbs!" to "okay, a climb . . . I got this!"--things went a lot better.
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  3. #3
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    My biggest problem with mountain trails is that I wobble as I climb. I can climb steep wide fireroads because my handlebars wiggle all over when I am seated on the nose of the saddle in a crouched position (I look like I am biking drunk). But, I can't do steep narrow single tracks because I immediately wobble into brush.
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  4. #4
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    Some climbing tips

    You might be holding on to your handlebars too tight and trying to use upper body strength. Try and keep a neutral grip and then climb from your core/hips.
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  5. #5
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    Some climbing tips

    Wobbling can also indicate that the front of the bike does not have enough weight. Tuck the elbows in, drop the wrists, and get forward on the saddle. What I liked about the OP is the instead of addressing specific technique issues, it looks more at the mental image and big picture issues.
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  6. #6
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    I am tucked with my elbows in and riding on the saddle nose. But I think that I am probably doing what Limewave said...that I am holding on to my handlebars too tightly. I have to learn how to climb from my core/hips
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  7. #7
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    Some climbing tips

    Death grip- definitely not!
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