Is it a right or a privledge to ride in the big ring?
Are there qualifications, that once met, give you big ring credentials? How about a secret handshake or greeting that bonifide big ring riders get to use?
Once you move up to the big ring can you ever go back? Say in strong headwinds, on steep climbs or when you bonk? Is the move from the small chainring irreversable, or can you be sent back down like a baseball player who didn't make the cut in the majors?
I think my small ring is very close to being used up, I'm able to cruise in the mid 20's on the flats, but I'm not sure how to make the switch. I know all I need to do is push my left brake lever toward the center of the bike, but I certainly don't want to commit a faux pas and be banished forever from the big ring.
Certainly would appreciate any input you can offer. :confused: :D