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Some tips on shifting Connie Szabo Schmucker (BGI Advocacy Director, and has ridden the Hilly Hundred every year since 1988.)
Hilly Hundred - Shifting and Hills: ... Cadence = Pedaling speed - you put much less strain on your knees if you "spin" (pedal at least 80 rpm). It also is a lot easier to maintain speed and endurance (full article). . . .
Watch Connie's Blog for the entire series leading up to Hilly Hundred.
Almost any bike you can imagine from single speed beach cruisers, to "penny farthing" high wheelers, and even unicycles have finished the Hilly. And while your preparation, and attitude, will determine how you ride, the condition of what you are riding is just as important. The ABC Quick Check below is a good place to start with your bike.
1. A is for air
2. B is for brakes
3. C is for cranks, chain and cassette
4. Quick is for quick releases
5. Check is for check it over
Source: League of American Bicyclists, www.bikeleague.org/resources/better/beginningcycling.php
You may have been riding your bike all summer, or maybe back to school and the change in seasons has limited your time on the road. What ever the case, check your bike before Saturday Morning in Ellettesville!
If you have a service need, Bicycle Garage Indy can still have your bike ready if brought in by Friday, October 7th, and be sure to mention you need your bike for Hilly Hundred.
The changing fall weather around Hilly Hundred Weekend is a challenge for both novice and experienced cyclists. The weather you pack for Thursday night at home, may well be different by the time you ride Saturday, and have changed again for Sunday! We have a check list of for Road Trips, that will help you to get there ready to ride, and not making an emergency helmet purchase.
You will find it best to be flexible and dress in removable layers, so that you are comfortable for a cool morning start, and when finishing the last hills on a warm and sunny (we hope) afternoon. Wind Jackets & Vests, arm and leg warmers are all popular options that for the fall. And if it is cooler, you may still want good breathable clothing with features like vents and zippers, that can be opened while climbing and zipped for the down hill. (Yes, half of Hilly Hundred is down hill!)
You find some more tips on packing for the Hilly Hundred here: Hilly Hundred, packing for three seasons of weather in a weekend.
Transporting your bike for the Hilly? Here are some packing tips for putting your bike in the back seat or trunk of your car.