Originally Posted by Stylish Pilot
One of the guys i ride with can sit there a push a big gear for awhile on the flat and hold 23mph. as soon as he hits any type of hill he drops down well below 15mph.
Sounds like me. I'm working on it by making my rides more intense rather than cruising. Instead of shifting down to the bottom gear when I get to a long hill, I limit myself to 2nd-bottom and see how I go. I've surprised myself - got up both of the bad hills on my commute without downshifting. So I will do it again in one higher gear, etc.
I am also, on the advice of my trainer, taking a long steady climb on the morning ride in the highest gear I can manage.
So far working well -shaved 10 minutes off my commute time.