Am I the Last Friction Shifter ?? >
I really like riding my heavier touring bike on the Kensington metropark (paved) bikepath. The loop is a little over 8 miles. Lots of pod people walking around, but that's okay if you want to stay between 10-13 MPH ... and give them the right-of-way for safety purposes. It's kind of like a roller-coaster ride because of the curves and dips.
Except for that one short-but-steep hill. From bottom to top, and if you could stay at 15 MPH ... it would take about 15 seconds to crest the hill. I enjoy my friction bar-end shifters, but I haven't mastered this short steep hill yet. With my 9-speed 12-27 ... and 24/36/46 crankset ... and DA barcons ... this is what I've been doing to almost crest the hill:
* Try to reach 15 MPH ... in the outer 46-T chainring ... before reaching the bottom of the hill.
* Friction shift down several cogs in about 6 seconds ... one cog at a time ... until about halfway up the hill.
* Friction shift from outer chainring to middle chainring.
* Friction shift down a couple of cogs in about 6 seconds of time ... but run out of momentum.
* I run out of momentum before I have enough time to shift from the middle chainring to the granny.
The thread I pasted above ... about friction shifting ... is news to me that you can skip over cogs with friction shifters. With that in mind, any recommendations on how to shift up this short but steep hill? For example, is it possible to start the incline in the middle chainring ... skip some cogs to a lower gear ... then downshift from middle chainring to granny? This might be possible, but I may have to start the incline at a lower speed than 15 MPH ... and force me to mash gears at a slower speed?