Author Topic: Out the saddle  (Read 281 times)

Out the saddle
« on: 05 August, 2022, 10:27:40 pm »
I’ve never been good at out of the saddle riding, literally a minute of it and I’m cream crackered!!

Though I can quite merrily ride a 200km audax.  I don’t think I’m slow, though neither the fastest.  My FTP is #o where around 250.  I’m a bit podgy at the minute at 85kg.

Is there a way to train and improve at out the saddle riding.  At the minute I tend to do 50 revolutions now and again, if I come to bit of a hill, but literally, 50 and I’m done.  Should I just try upping it to 55 next time and the…

Or am I missing something obvious?

Re: Out the saddle
« Reply #1 on: 06 August, 2022, 03:29:55 pm »
It might be technique.  You should move forward as you stand so that your weight is on the bars.  Only in extremis (20% up kind of thing) should you be pulling on the bars to any extent.  If you can see the front hub ahead of the bars, you're about right.

Otherwise, it's just practice, best done on short hilly rides where you can go into oxygen-debt without having to worry about the next 100k.

Re: Out the saddle
« Reply #2 on: 07 August, 2022, 09:47:16 pm »
Getting out of the saddle won't get you there any quicker without expending more energy. On a long ride there are only two good reasons for standing on the pedals: (1) you've run out of gears; or (2) you want to rest your arse.

It can be used to put more oomf into a climb, but you still need to gear down (assuming you're riding with gears). If you're riding fixed or have run out of gears, then to avoid blowing up take it slowly and concentrate on just keeping the pedals turning.

To get more comfortable in the out of the saddle position, practice it on the flat, but don't expect to go any faster than seated. Try to keep the bike perfectly straight, as Ian H says don't pull hard on the bars or throw the bike side to side.
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