Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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Try and shift your bike into an easier gear but in the big ring, so 53x19 or 53x21. A rear wheel change normally happens in the small cog (11 or 12) and if you try and start in that gear it's bit tough.
Be calm and patient with the mechanic there. The most unprofessional thing you can do is yell and scream and pant and stuff. Just get there, get off the bike, take a swig from your bottle, let them do whatever to your bike, and get back on (after you quickly shift the bike into an easier gear and give the cranks a quick spin, which you should be able to do in your sleep and if you can't you should practice).
Also when they hold you don't try and hold yourself up. Keep yourself vertical to the bike, and if the holder starts letting you tilt right, just tilt right. The holder will then be able to get your vertical. The biggest mistake with held riders is they wiggle to stay upright, so if the bike tilts right they lean left. The holder, in order to hold the rider, has to allow the bike to tilt right because the rider is leaned left so far that if the holder tilts left the rider will fall. So do not wiggle when being held.