I'm a new rider (up to like a whopping 150 miles so far). I've been cruising around on the middle chainring up front very comfortably, just using the back gears, but I'm starting to feel a little more strong and decided to try out the big chainring.
My bike doesn't seem to think I'm ready. I was able to get it to shift a handful of times, but never on the first try. I tried pedaling lightly at first (figuring it's got to have a little slack to get to the bigger ring) but that didn't seem to really work, so I tried pedaling a little harder, and that didn't help, so I tried pausing for a second when I shifted, and that worked like a charm one time and for s*** the other times.
When I DID get the chain on there, wowza, I go a lot faster. So now I want to use it a lot! (I have a lot of flat to ride on around me.) But although I swear all the time when I'm driving my car in traffic, today was the first time I've wanted to swear at my sweet little bike.
I've looked all around for info on shifting but there doesn't seem to be any mention of "technique" so to speak. My chain IS making some noise when I'm pedaling, which doesn't seem right, like something's rubbing, maybe?--I'm taking it to the LBS where I bought it to have him look, this weekend--but meanwhile, what the HECK.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.