Recently bought a cheap 60 dollar walmart bike. I feel like shit when going uphill even on low gear.

Recently bought a cheap 60 dollar walmart bike. I feel like shit when going uphill even on low gear. Is this a bike or a skill issue?
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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Both tbh. The more you ride hills the easier it will get.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    how is your stamina? if you're not used to cardio at makes sense that you feel like shit

    always try to keep your cadence around 80-90 rpm, show if up/down accordingly

    might also be a bike issue? wide tired and probably steel so quite heavy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      shift up/down*

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Both. People really underestimate the difference with high end bikes and also pouring money into bike maintenance. There could also easily be small issues around eg wheel alignment that reduce your power output by like 10-15%. However it's also possible you aren't able to maintain a high cadence. Remember to gear way down when going uphill. It sounds obvious but you should probably be even a gear lower than you think. The other thing is momentum and speed, if you're going fast and have a light bike with everything aligned and lubricated properly, you can get up to speeds of like 40-50 km/h pretty easily (my gay country uses metric) and that gives you the momentum to carry you through uphill portions. The slower you are going when you start your ascent, the less momentum you have to get up the hill.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I feel like shit when going uphill
    Be more specific, what do you mean about how you "feel"? Years ago I bought a cheap bike like the one in your pick. I started riding on flat ground, seemed fine. I started riding up to a park with MTB trails and I could not even make it half way to the park (it was 90% up hill to the park, then the hills were even higher). It took me about two weeks of daily riding to finally get the muscle and cardio conditioning to get up the hill to get to the park, then about another month of daily riding at the park until I could ride from my house up hill to the park, then up all the hills to the top of the mtb trails. My cardio was zero when I started and I was able to drastically improve my cardio to the point where I could push and sprint to get up the hills to the park, then keep pushing and sprinting in the mtb park. You also need to learn to ride the bike, which gear to be in. Your best power output is when you peddle about 50 to 60 rpm, climbing steep hills or flat ground, shift up or down to keep the peddle rmp about the same. Keep the chain and derauluer clean and lubed. Adjust the seat height and position for you body and comfort (many vids on youtube about where to put it).

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      holy shit, nobody asked

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >nobody asked
        op asked homosexual.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      50-60 is way too low for uphill

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >50-60 is way too low for uphill
        he is just starting out, he needs basic info. He is not going to be sprinting up very steep hills. He needs to work up to better performance and understand shifting gears for the hills.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Your spelling is shit, burger

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    bikes with front suspension are 'harder' to pedal uphill as the springs take the some of the force youre applying.

    cheap bikes are also heavier.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    those bikes are shit. they mostly work at first but then go to complete shit and everything starts breaking within a month

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Change the tyres to slicks and it'll be twice as easy and you'll go twice as fast

    Knobby tyres like that are a nightmare outside of trails and you ain't riding trails on that thing unless you want it to snap In half

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Also, be sure to infalte your tires properly. If you have "dirt" tires they are slower on the road. If you are only riding roads pump those up to like 50 psi so they roll better (check the side of the tire for pressure ratings. MTBs are slower than dedicated road bikes. When I ride my mtb bike up hill to the park I have baggy clothes, a big cammel back with tools and spare stuff, and helmet. My bike (I upgraded to a full suspension bike with fat dedicated dirt tires) is heavy and when I am riding up hill fat people with their spandex and expensive road bikes with pencil thin tires pass me all the time. If I cared about only riding on the road I would get a road bike and blow past those fatties, but I like mtb trails a lot more.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If it's brand new, you're probably still developing the necessary cardio and strength to reliably go uphill
    If you've been using it for a time now, I recommend you grease it, align the wheels and pump a bit more air to your tires. Trust me, it makes a difference.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >skill issue or out of shape?
    Both. You should be able to take most hills in a single-speed or fixie, but also there's a skill to using momentum, getting the right gear, and pedaling cadence.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Conditioning most likely, but possibly also skill (pacing/expectation)

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The golden rule of bicycles is more gears more queer.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Sup guys Derek more gears more queers dot com and today we have a highly requested reaction to a 3x9 shimano gigahomosexual shill yapping about optimal cadence while riding his dildo equipped dropper post hardtail. Super viral, as in having late stage AIDS.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        2x12 di2chad reporting in

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >2024
          >front derailleur

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Buying into the 1 by meme
            I've got a bridge to sell you

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              What's the point in spending more money to have a more complex system to have more (mostly overlapping) gears that you don't even need?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Range, straighter chain line.

                When discussing need and complexity one could argue no extra gears are truly needed, especially when riding flat terrain. Negating the need for both shifters and derailleurs.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            wtf is a front derailler?

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              You know your front? It derails it.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              its french. its actually a derailleueur

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                i am never going to use french words

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >is more gears more queer.
      Quite the opposite, aren't hipsters the gayest of all on their fixxies?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        We're not teenagers in the 2000's so it's called a fixed gear and it's agressively masculine, especially in contrast to everything else about cycling.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Nah man, fixed gear will forever be the domain of tight-jean-shorts-wearing queers.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            If a simple bike and cutoffs make you look gay you have a personal problem.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        We're not teenagers in the 2000's so it's called a fixed gear and it's agressively masculine, especially in contrast to everything else about cycling.

        I got a fixed gear for law school- was close and impossible to get parking. The guy who bought it from me off craigslist was a hipster. Seemed alright otherwise though. Just my experience.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I returned my Walmart bike. It was a squeaky slow piece of shit.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    if you're buying bikes from walmart it's unironically over for you
    go find some guy on craigslist or fb marketplace who's selling a 10 year old road bike for a few hundred and then go to a bike shop to get it tuned up
    your cardio might just be bad right now but the low end of bikes can be pretty bad
    definitely switch over to something with skinny tires or maybe hybrid bike tires if you're mainly riding on road; mtb tires will slow you down considerably

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Love riding my bike to the gym.
    Pic very related

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It can fold pretty nicely too

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Dude your bikes broken.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don’t get why people care that much if the goal is exercise. Just work harder and don’t go as far

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      because it's more fun to go fast

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably both, but mostly your fitness. Although hills never really get easier, you just get faster.
    If it's a cheap bike though it'll be heavy and you might want to check for "brake bind" on either of the wheels (i.e the wheel rubbing on the brake pad), usuallly needs either a wheel true or brake adjustment to fix, or even possible the walmart mongoloid didn't attach the quick release properly. Also make sure the tyres are properly inflated (correct PSI should be shown on the tyre wall)

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    perfect tire pressure is also pretty important

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    cycling is pretty humbling if youve never done it before, especially going up hill. the saying goes, 'uphill never gets easier, you just get done quicker'. but it always sucks. some sick fricks actually enjoy it and will actually chase uphill tracks. its just straight up masochism.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      True, as a teenager I had finally learned how to bike from my friends who had done it for years. When we all biked uphill and went on long outings I felt like such a weakling next to them, constantly out of breath and lagging behind, shit was so fun though.
      Mannnnnn, I haven't ridden since my bike got stolen 8 years ago, I should start saving up for a new one. Wanna teach my mom and sister how to do it too, can't beat no gas or insurance fees.

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Those bikes suck. You should have bought a 2nd hand bike and made sure it wasn't stolen.

    Going up hills is also hard at first but keep at it. You should feel shame pushing your bike up a hill.

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Could be both. Spending a bit more on a new bike was the best thing i hsve done. Bought new, but an older model but man its nice to ride and i just want to ride it everywhere. So smooth, roomy, comfortable and everything just works. I hated riding my old clunker

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Never understood:
    >I'm riding to get exercise
    but...
    >I spent $10,000 on a carbon fiber zero lost energy race bike
    Imagine buying weights and then saying "I got carbon fiber weights, they're the same size but weigh half as much!"

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      part of the fun of cycling is you actually go places while doing it

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's more like buying eleiko or something. Nice to have but embarrassing if you have it and still suck. When I see lycragays flying by at 50mph I respect it. When I see fatasses fully kitted out only to go slow and I laugh.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's more fun to go further and faster, and high end bikes usually have other upgrades, and of course if you want to race then going fast for minimum effort is the point. But a $10k race bike is silly if you just want to ride casually.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it was $60

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      a good middle ground nowadays is like 2-2500 but entry is around 1k. my favorite bike in my lineup right now was like 700. its a lot but if you put in good miles each week its really worth the quality drivetrain and frame. i agree 10k is overkill for most of us plebs.

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    make sure your saddle is high enough, plenty of guides online, and you don't have to stand up when you pedal
    the pros spend most of their time seated and mostly only get out of the saddle when attacking

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    May i know where you live where you can get a 60$ bike? Everything here is 200, 300..

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Muttmerica

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