baudman wrote:It's still a niche market.
Az wrote:I'd be pointing you in the direction of somewhere like St Kilda Cycles or Bikes on Brunswick (same owners)
who really specialise in these sorts of bikes as a main stay and not a niche.
mtb101 wrote:maybe look at a lighter bike (or different style) - after all the weight of the bike is a significant contributor to whether it's easy or hard to pedal up a hill.
baudman wrote:Sorta surprised that Ghost (Mrs Barefoot's lovely ride)...
true .... but if your 15kg Vivente tourer was 10kgs that would make a difference when climbing i.e less 5kgs - better Power to Weight ratio, yes plus more climbing fitness and technique as well.victor wrote:mtb101 wrote:maybe look at a lighter bike (or different style) - after all the weight of the bike is a significant contributor to whether it's easy or hard to pedal up a hill.
It is? I don't consider my 15kg Vivente tourer to be much of an encumbrance. It may weigh several kg more than the average road bike, but a lot of road bike users weigh several kg more than I do. I think the main advantage in hill-climbing is in the legs. I'm 190cm tall, and obviously can't turn myself into a short cyclist, so my next best solution is simply to practise hill-climbing and gradually get better at it.
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