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Old 05-30-14, 06:58 PM   #26
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Wow, OUCH.
I have a lot of empathy for your situation, brings back lots of memories of the CRITICALLY STEEP learning curve I faced as a Committed Urban Commuter over 10yrs ago.
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Old 05-30-14, 09:13 PM   #27
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They both have their advantages. Being so close to the coast and with the Santa Anas, annoying headwinds are really common so I like the option to drop down
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Old 05-31-14, 12:04 AM   #28
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Your pedals look like road pedals. Personally, I wouldn't want to commute on those.

When I bought a road bike recently, they tried to talk me into road pedals, but I reminded them I was also using my road bike for commuting and put my mountain bike spd pedals on. I use the single release m540 spd pedals with low release tension, so it is super easy to click in and out. You can easily control how much tension it takes to release your shoe from the pedal by using an allen key to adjust tension. I'm not mechanically inclined, but these are easy to use and hold up really well.


Trying to track stand makes me anxious, especially around slow/stopping cars. I like to ride slowly up to lights while clipped in so I have momentum when the light changes. I try to make eye contact with drivers in difficult traffic situations to assess if they see me, if they are paying attention, if they might turn, etc. Have you tried contacting your county bike coalition for advice on the overpass situation? They may have suggestions. You could also contact the city public works department about your overpass commuting experience to see if they have suggestions or could do something to make it safer for cyclists during construction.
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Old 06-02-14, 05:29 PM   #29
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I have a question about changing gears during climbs. I have Sora thumb shifter buttons and have found that riding the hoods is the best way for me to easily shift. But when Iím climbing, I usually grip the tops or drops to stay steady, which puts the thumb shifters out of reach and the brake shifters questionable. Because of that I anticipate my gear and shift ahead of time before the hill. Is that the best way to manage it, or should I start practicing climbing while on the hoods?
Well, I have bar-end shifters and drop bars, so practically any position is away from the shifters

I think the trick is learning to change hand positions fluidly while you climb. It does break your flow a bit to have to move one hand towards the shifter, but I guess that's life. Depending on my level of tiredness I may switch hand positions to use different leg muscles while climbing - more leaning-forward to use the butt, or more upright to use the quads (something like that - it *feels* different). The hardest thing for me is to shift if I'm standing up on the pedals to climb - I need to sit down, unweigh the pedals, shift, and stand back up.

(Do you "unweigh" the pedals while shifting, while still turning the cranks? I find it *much* harder to shift if I'm applying power to the pedals. If I'm just spinning them without pressure, shifting goes a lot smoother/quicker.)

(Can you ride on the hoods comfortably while not climbing? I'm not sure why you'd feel unsteady if climbing on the hoods... can you post a picture of your handlebars? Personally I like climbing while on the hoods - they let me "pull on the handlebar" nicely.)
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