I just purchased my first road bike since 1986, with the goal of completing the Pan/Mass challenge here in Mass next summer. I have a Bianchi Brava.
However, since I last rode in 86, a couple of things have changed and I have questions. I tried the search, but I can't find this topic (although I'm probably just not using the right words). Could someone please explain how to shift properly on these new bikes? My Brava has gray switches on each handlebar, but my shifting is not smooth. I am afraid I'm not doing it correctly and I don't want to hurt my bike!
Also, are toeclips still around, or do I have to go to the shoes that fit directly to the pedals to get the same effect? I currently just have pedals w/o toeclips.
Thanks in advance!