Does standing on the bike to ride up a hill waste energy?
Yes, it does take more energy to stand up when cycling, but the advantage of standing up is that it allows you to put extra pressure down on the pedals. It is not a waste unless you are throwing your body around, but if you are focusing on putting power into the pedals while standing up, it can be beneficial.
Transcript: "Ummm, yes, I think it does take energy, but then there is the advantage of being able to stand up to settle and put the pressure down on the pedals, which sometimes you need to get up and to get that little bit of extra force. So it does take more energy. But then, again, it's harder, and it's uphill, so you do need to work harder anyway to go uphill. But I don't think it's a waste unless you're throwing your body all over the show. But if you're doing it just standing up, and you're really focusing on putting power into the pedals, I think it's OK."