I have a few very basic questions about shifting gears.
For most of my rides, I use the middle chainring on the front and shift between the rear cogs. If I'm on the biggest cog and I need an easier gear, should I shift back to a middle cog and then shift to the smaller chainring? Or should I do it in the reverse order? Do I need to wait a moment between shifts between the cogs, or can I just click to where I want to end up?
One other question: is there a certain finesse to shifting? Is there a trick to make it as smooth as possible? I know I'm supposed to pedal foward while shifting, but is there any else I can do? I figure it must be sort of like driving a standard transmission car - meaning it takes skill and practice to not grind the gears!