How to hillstart on a steep lane

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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby Mick F » 4 Sep 2018, 7:29am

Climbed a 20% hill yesterday that was smooth and wide. Zig zagging would have been easy, and if I'd had to stop, I could have gone across at right angles to get going easily. The road must've been 20ft or more wide.

Ride yesterday was 105ft per mile. :D
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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby tempsperdu » 4 Sep 2018, 12:38pm

Hill starts easy - for me.
Set the crank arm just past tdc with lowest gear.
Brakes full on.
Stand on pedals and release brakes and off you go.
Need weight forward to avoid a manual or back flip.

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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby Vorpal » 4 Sep 2018, 1:29pm

thirdcrank wrote:I should have thought that if a road was wide enough for a rider to be able to start by riding at an angle to the kerb sufficient to lessen the effective gradient, then they would be unlikely to have to stop in the first place to allow a vehicle to overtake.

I can zig zag enough to help a bit with only 2 metres width. I tried it yesterday. The difficult task was finding the angle where I got the most help, but could still make the turn from zig to zag whilst going so slowly.
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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby PRL » 6 Sep 2018, 8:20pm

tempsperdu wrote:Hill starts easy - for me.
Set the crank arm just past tdc with lowest gear.
Brakes full on.
Stand on pedals and release brakes and off you go.
Need weight forward to avoid a manual or back flip.


Assuming the ability to balance long enough on a stationary bike whilst you get you feet on the pedals.
This is definitely the feature of my cycling that is falling off with age.

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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby flat tyre » 6 Sep 2018, 9:33pm

If the uphill road is that narrow that a car cannot get past I wouldn't stop as stopping wouldn't help the following car i.e. they still wouldn't be able to safely pass. If there is a passing place I'll pull in but won't stop there if I don't think I can get started again.

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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby Mick F » 7 Sep 2018, 7:51am

Vorpal wrote:I can zig zag enough to help a bit with only 2 metres width.
I think any competent cyclist could too.
The main problem round here - and no doubt other areas as well - is that narrow roads often have thick and dense grass in the middle.
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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby Vorpal » 7 Sep 2018, 8:59am

Mick F wrote:
Vorpal wrote:I can zig zag enough to help a bit with only 2 metres width.
I think any competent cyclist could too.
The main problem round here - and no doubt other areas as well - is that narrow roads often have thick and dense grass in the middle.

I did note in a prior post that it obviously won't work if there is greenery growing down the middle.

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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby Mick F » 7 Sep 2018, 9:48am

:lol:
Lots of it on some lanes here. Not so bad in the winter as the banks die back so it gives more room.
Half the problem is the middle bit, and the other half is the brambles and bracken whacking you on the head and arms!
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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby NetworkMan » 7 Sep 2018, 9:50am

Only intended as an observation and not as a criticism.... When I wrote the original post I tried to convey an impression of the conditions to the reader. "Picture this...." etc. I probably failed because I think I can tell which responses come from riders living in the South West and I'm sure MickF can too :)

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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby eileithyia » 7 Sep 2018, 11:26am

Well somehow managed one, after Team Wiggins motorhome decided to do a multi-point turn in front of us on Whinlatter, at least the driver was on the right wavelength and apologiesed for messing up the strava segment :lol:
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Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Postby tempsperdu » 9 Sep 2018, 1:00pm

.............falling off with age.


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