Mountain Biking - Correct shifting methods?
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Where can I go to read more about gearing and how to find out what's the best gear for the terrain that you are riding on?
06-16-06, 03:26 PM
You want to be at a cadence (RPM) that's comfortable for you. Many beginners start out pushing "hard" gears slowly. This not only robs speed, but also it is hard on the knees. It is highly more efficient (and easier on the knees) to "spin" an easier gear.
06-17-06, 03:24 AM
Pedal, then shift into a gear that isn't too easy, yet not so hard.
That's the perfect gear. It takes constant readjustment to continue to find the right gear for the given conditions.
Just as a general guideline, shift into an easier gear when going uphill.
Sorry, I couldn't help myself!
It's all about just going out and getting used to your bike. The more you ride the easier it becomes.
And actually a lot of beginners shift into too easy a gear for climbing. If you spin too easy a gear you'll spin out and go too slow. One higher gear will give you the torque necessary to make it to the top.
I think its pretty much common sence, spining is the way to go I like a moderate cadence im not straining to turn the pedals round but I am not in spining class for a cardio workout eather. I tend to stay in that gear even at a stop and just "mash" my way back up to speed by standing.
I suppose to a lesser extent shifting down would be better since I wont stress the drive train as much but I think its very little stress and that little bit of standing I do is good for my trails practice since your stanidng alot when off road.
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