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  • Yes - I use every gear all the time

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  • Yes - I use the rear gears sometimes front

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  • Neither - I shift only when necessary

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    Do you shift gears?

    I always shift gears like in a car, but I know people that put their bike in 53rd gear and try to move forward. Lets see what the majority is here...

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    Further question..How well do you rate youself as a shifter..Do you often make mistakes and cross thread due to your shifting..
    Think this question is pertinent to the original question? I find myself distracted and often cross thread..So many other things to do...Traffic, talking to cycling friends, taking in the scenery..
    I rate myself a fair shifter and use all gears..

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    I shift when I need too. I haven't used any gears below 4 for awhile, if I use anything smaller than four I feel like im going too slow and will fall over. Im talented I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza WRX
    I always shift gears like in a car, but I know people that put their bike in 53rd gear and try to move forward. Lets see what the majority is here...
    welcome to the board... i must say.. WRX is fun car.. but a biatch to work on.. sigh! with that said.. WELCOME!

    i normally don't shift... if i do.. i only shift the gears in the back... like from 4 to 5. i keep the one in front at the largest gear... 3.
    Last edited by ruirui; 05-19-04 at 05:25 PM.

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    I usually start in middle chainring, somewhere in the middle of the cassette, then up shift a couple of times in the cassette. Then I downshift the cassette right before I upshift to the large chainring to keep my RPM's from dropping a lot.

    As for how good am I? Well, I can't consciously figure out which hand controls the front and which hand controls the back. It just happens on it's own when I'm riding. I'll have to pay attention to that someday.
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    I look ahead and anticipate what gear I will be needing and shift before I absolutely need it. Works great for me.
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    Most of the time I do okay with shifting, but occasionally have forgotten to downshift before stopping, then try to start up again. That hurts!

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    I use all the gears on my bike. The inner ring on the triple doesn't get used too much although I did use it today. I was holding back on a 1/2-mile climb with a 12% grade so I wouldn't get too far in front of the ladies I was riding with. I also spun out at about 125 rpms on my highest gear (52x13) on a couple of descents.
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    Me too I shift all the time and use every gear on my 21 speed MB. If you are going to keep your cadence at about 90 you will have to shift fairly often unless you live on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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    I do, and I also row the heck out of my Scirocco (90hp, you gotta work it)
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    On my Trek, I generally use maybe 3 gears. On my fixie all I've got is 52x18 and it's all I need.

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    I'm usually in my 53 ring somewhere between 21T and 12T in the rear. Only during climbs do I drop down to the 39T ring. I'm not too fond of the 39T ring when riding on flat or slight inclines, It always makes me feel that I'm spinning too fast.

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    Depends where I'm riding. My small chainring is pretty small -- it doesn't even get a look in until the grade hits 15%. However, I'm trying to use it more, I find spinning to be far more efficient than mashing. I learned that one after 5 consecutive days battling headwinds exceeding 60km/h in Tasmania last summer.
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    ive been running at 42x17 exclusively in preparation for my SS MTB and Road Fixie...

    tho occasionally i switch it to the big rain on city flats to hit 25+...

    plus I have DT shifters so im less inclined to shift most of the time, anywyas

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    I shift by instinct...I do make mistakes sometimes but never think about it. Really on single track you don't have time to actually think.

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    my shifting is pretty good though at lights I sometiems don't get shifted in time. I don't use the large chainring till I get to about 20mph for more then a minute. in town it does not get a lot of use. but I do shift a lot to keep a good spin. I may get 4 shifts at a stoplight if I feel energetic befroe I even get to the other side.

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    One time a roadie passed me while commuting..Friendly type..was member of local bike team...He could tell just by passing I mash big gears.
    Said you can quickly tell by the angle of the feet..Most cyclists stay in the middle chain ring..? On relatively flat roads, that is the best gearing for spinning, no? I find I ride most often in the middle (rear cog position) of the biggest gear in the front...
    I tend to shift lots for climbing...A moderate climb puts me into the middle front chain rign.

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    I generally just stick in the middle chainring. Occasionally I'll use the small one for steep hills.

    Very rarely use the big one though. I can only just hit top speed when on the middle chainring + highest rear gear which is about 60km/h... Need some better tyres (or steeper hills )

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    When hitting top speeds on flat trails, I have questioned the premise that spinning is faster...When riding against another, Alex choose top end of middle chain ring... I tried that, then converted to big ring...I speeded up on the big ring..I was faster than Alex.
    Could be I am faster than Alex? I know spinnig is the standard..It is me...What to do?

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    I go by the powerband. My powerband is usually at a mid-high RPMs, and I shift accordingly. I am still getting used to the shifter being down under instead of on the bars. Almost got my finger in the front wheel twice...

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    * Yes - I use every gear all the time

    This is physically impossible. You can only use one gear at a time.
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    I shift when I need to, Tho I dont use every gear as I am in Floriduh and there are no mountains here I dont use my small chainring, I start in the middle chainring and mid cog, I work my way up to the big chaniring and usually stay somewhere in the mid cog but will change according to my speed, more or less. If I see a hill coming I definately shift as I approach as to make my climb easier...
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    herhehehe.... i use my only chainring up front and my only cog on the back and pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal my ass off...yuou get the point...

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    All about cadence for me. Keep it as high as possible. Wind and hills determine a lot for me.

    Having broken many Mtn. bike chains back in the day on bad shifts, I learned to shift very carefully. I try to know roughly what I am in so I can avoid the cross shifting. Being a cheap bastard, I also think it makes my chains last longer.

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    While riding my recumbent:

    I generally use the middle chain ring in the front, but use the big ring more then the small.

    Of course if I'm in the middle in the front I can go all the way up & down the range in the back.

    If I'm in the big ring up front then I generally use the highest 3 to 4 gears in the rear.

    And when I do use the small ring I only use the lowest 3 or 4 in the rear.

    I can count how many times on one hand I've used the smallest ring in the front & still have fingers left over.

    Now when I rode my old wedgie road bike I was all over the range in all 3 chain rings in the front. But it was only a 7 speed cassette too.

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