Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Do climbers have thin legs?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Do climbers have thin legs?

Old 10-14-05, 03:10 AM
  #1  
roger89
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Do climbers have thin legs?

Hello,

Just wondering who those have speciality in climbing, do they have 'thin' legs compared to 'huge' legs like the sprinters? Just wondering too if that's an advantage to cyclist in climbing..
roger89 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 03:38 AM
  #2  
jtree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
thin everything.
jtree is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 03:54 AM
  #3  
EURO
My toilet-Floyd's future
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,776
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rasmussen

Pantani

Virenque

Coppi

Bahamontes
EURO is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 03:58 AM
  #4  
christo87
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 42
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Only the pure climbers have skinny legs.

Jan Ullrich can be classified as a having a specialty in vlimbing, there is only one guy, maybe two who can drop him in the mountains of the Tour, and his legs are huge.
christo87 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 04:09 AM
  #5  
EURO
My toilet-Floyd's future
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,776
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jan Ullrich can be classified as a having a specialty in vlimbing
Ullrich is an all-rounder, like Armstrong (was), Vinokourov, Valverde, Basso etc. He does not have a 'speciality'.

The question is about pure climber's physiques.
EURO is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 04:18 AM
  #6  
jtree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jan Ullrich can be classified as a having a specialty in climbing
how many polka dot jerseys does he have?
jtree is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 07:53 AM
  #7  
roger89
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
lol.. thanks for the pix

Now maybe I know why I have thin legs too.. lol jk
roger89 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:01 AM
  #8  
H20.1
Senior Member
 
H20.1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Washington, DC/ Köln, Germany
Posts: 584

Bikes: Bianchi, Olmo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by EURO
Ullrich is an all-rounder, like Armstrong (was), Vinokourov, Valverde, Basso etc. He does not have a 'speciality'.

The question is about pure climber's physiques.

Exactly.
H20.1 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:11 AM
  #9  
cyclintom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Leandro
Posts: 2,891

Bikes: Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Basso Loto, Pinarello Stelvio, Redline Cyclocross

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 321 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by christo87
Only the pure climbers have skinny legs.

Jan Ullrich can be classified as a having a specialty in vlimbing, there is only one guy, maybe two who can drop him in the mountains of the Tour, and his legs are huge.
Jan leads in the climbs only at the very end after his team has beaten the real climbers into submission with a relentless pace on the flats.

Do not mistake this for the act of a REAL(tm) climber. When these guys go uphill it is breathtaking. They ride up hills almost as if it were flat ground. It leaves you stunned.
cyclintom is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:11 AM
  #10  
giantcfr1
Ha ha ha ha ha
 
giantcfr1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Gold Coast; Australia
Posts: 4,553

Bikes: 2004 ORBEA Mitis2 Plus Carbon, 2007 Cannondale Bad Boy Si Disc, 2012 Trek Gary Fisher Collection Marlin WSD 29er Aldi Big Box (Polygon) 650b

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by roger89
Hello,

Just wondering who those have speciality in climbing, do they have 'thin' legs compared to 'huge' legs like the sprinters? Just wondering too if that's an advantage to cyclist in climbing..
I am in no way a specialist in climbing but in the last 11 months I have done all my training in the mountains. I have lost so much weight, and lost so much size and shape in my legs that friends in Oz who have seen pictures of me (In Japan) think I've been sick. I've lost my biceps too but my triceps have shape and a little size.
Steve.
giantcfr1 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:25 AM
  #11  
Jared88
Nightrider
 
Jared88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Singapore
Posts: 445

Bikes: Ellsworth , Scott , Giant

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I climb very often and have thin legs too. Don't have a picture but the widest part of my calves is only 5 inches.
Jared88 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:54 AM
  #12  
roger89
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That's cool. I never seen my calves broadened either. Could be the reason I'm climbing too much...
roger89 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 09:12 AM
  #13  
acathi_cyclist
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Brooklyn
Posts: 312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
eddy merckx was great in the mountains, though, like ulrich, he was more of an all arounder. The difference between eddy and jan is that eddy could crank a big gear up the mountains and jan just tries to. I think generally a "pure" climber is very thin, but big guys can climb to, they just need to find a balance between emense power and light weight.
acathi_cyclist is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 09:31 AM
  #14  
simplyred
Lanterne Rouge
 
simplyred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,993

Bikes: Time VX Edge

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
14 inch calves, 20 inch [at the thickest] quad...
Are those climbers legs or too thick?
simplyred is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 10:26 AM
  #15  
tinrobot
Spit out the back
 
tinrobot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Silverlake, CA
Posts: 1,116
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Maybe it's the difference between fast twitch and slow twitch muscles.

I would imagine sprinters have more fast twitch.
tinrobot is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 10:29 AM
  #16  
timmhaan
more ape than man
 
timmhaan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: nyc
Posts: 8,094
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
i have thin legs and suck at climbing. better at flats even though my body seems well suited for climbing (thin and light).
timmhaan is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 11:04 AM
  #17  
Keith99
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by acathi_cyclist
eddy merckx was great in the mountains, though, like ulrich, he was more of an all arounder. The difference between eddy and jan is that eddy could crank a big gear up the mountains and jan just tries to. I think generally a "pure" climber is very thin, but big guys can climb to, they just need to find a balance between emense power and light weight.
Eddy unlike Jan was also a great decender. His amazing 140 K solo breakaway in the 69 TDF started just 100 meters befor the top of the next to last climb. Yes he got a gap, but at the bottom it was a minute and was 6 by the top of the next climb. But unlike pure climbers the elite group of 6 (plus Vandenbosche Eddys Faema teammate) could not pull back any time on him for the last 40 flat Kms.
Keith99 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 11:05 AM
  #18  
Sled Driver
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good thread... I'm an ex power lifter who back in the day could squat 600 lbs. I still have very strong legs, and thought that I would dominate climbs. NOT! I can go like a bat out of hell on the flats, and keep up with the guys in my paceline without any problems. However, I get pulled like a wisdom tooth on the climbs. I thought it would be the exact opposite.

It shocks me all the time when these guys with skinny legs fly up these mountains.

~Rich
Sled Driver is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 11:32 AM
  #19  
reich17
 
reich17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 414
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm curious what the girls out there think about skinny legs on the guys? Or is that another thread?
reich17 is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 12:35 PM
  #20  
jrennie
Race to train
 
jrennie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: suffering on the back
Posts: 3,115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I think it would matter more on style, the riders who push larger gears tear more muscle(making it larger like weight lifting) than the rides spinning
jrennie is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 06:32 PM
  #21  
CPcyclist
Senior Member
 
CPcyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,647

Bikes: Lemond Arrivee, Felt F1 Road, Tomac Revolver(full), GT race (hardtail)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This is the first season that I worked on sprinting. I have seen my leggs grow and my climbing drop a bit (may do to change in fibers or just that I was not climbing as much).
CPcyclist is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 06:47 PM
  #22  
pcastlouis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 151

Bikes: 1992 Mongoose Alta, 2005 Specialized Roubaix Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by tinrobot
Maybe it's the difference between fast twitch and slow twitch muscles.

I would imagine sprinters have more fast twitch.
We are currently studying muscles in my physiology class, and many times (with shame) during the class, "The Legs Thread" came to mind. Anyway, that is also what I came up with. I also came to the conclusion that I have better legs than 90% of the girls in that class.
pcastlouis is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 06:59 PM
  #23  
skinnyone
Dude wheres my guads?
 
skinnyone's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Guess
Posts: 2,680

Bikes: Not enough

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by timmhaan
i have thin legs and suck at climbing. better at flats even though my body seems well suited for climbing (thin and light).
Me too..


Originally Posted by reich17
I'm curious what the girls out there think about skinny legs on the guys? Or is that another thread?
Wonders with great interest... Please start a thread dude...
skinnyone is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:16 PM
  #24  
oldspark
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Peterson Iowa
Posts: 765

Bikes: Trek 7000 and a Trek 1200

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by christo87
Only the pure climbers have skinny legs.

Jan Ullrich can be classified as a having a specialty in vlimbing, there is only one guy, maybe two who can drop him in the mountains of the Tour, and his legs are huge.
At 6 feet and about 160 lbs I would not call his legs "huge".
oldspark is offline  
Old 10-14-05, 08:28 PM
  #25  
skinnyone
Dude wheres my guads?
 
skinnyone's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Guess
Posts: 2,680

Bikes: Not enough

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by oldspark
At 6 feet and about 160 lbs I would not call his legs "huge".
Woot!!... Thats the first I have heard of that..
skinnyone is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.