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Old 03-12-05, 04:22 AM   #1
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Nite riding and shifting gears..

A little while back, I commented about a bike light I found...Thought it a great find...Planet Bike's reflecterized ankle braclet with a built in light...
Well...It occured to me..One thing I don't like about night riding is not seeing your chains position in the cogset/chainring.....So Wal La... Wrap this Bike Planet ankle strap about the base of your seat tube..Should be enough light to see your cassette chain position at least...Maybe put in a small safety pin to secure it 100 % to the tube.
Is everyone's sense of where your gearing is, that you don't worry about chain stretch positions at night...? I have exclusively STI shifting on my bikes.
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I can feel what gear I'm in. I also count clicks. Not a bad idea though.
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With DT levers you can feel what gear you are in.
When I'm riding with Ergolevers I sometimes fnd that I have been in a crossover gear and haven't noticed, because of the traffic or some tricky junction.
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I may be confused on this topic. If so, I apologize for my reply up front.

I tell what gear I am in by the amount of effort I am putting forth in the pedal strokes.

If the stoke is too hard for the terrain, I change it. I do not see the purpose of needing to see what gear you are in in order to ride a night.

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The jest of the topic...Not unbeknownest to you...Riding with your gears cross over between large chain ring, large cog..Seeing your gears does not help to ward off this problem...?
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I wonder if Microsoft could come up with something like Bike Sim 2005 to fill the gap here?
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I can usually tell by speed and how fast i'm pedaling what gears I'm in so I don't have to keep looking down.
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I have a helmet mounted light so that if I need to look down I can easily see the gears. I know many floks hate this setup but it works for me.
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With triples, you can replicate gear ratios with several cog combos. Some of these are usable and some are no-nos due to the crossover chainline which places a lot of lateral stress and wear on the chain and cogs.
If your mind has other things to worry about, you can start in a low gear in the small cog and just run along the rear cassette being in the right gear for your speed and strength, but not for your chainline.
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I can hear in my double when I am crosschaining the gears... when that happens big ring. No need to know exact gear unless I am training or racing.
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I can usually tell by speed and how fast i'm pedaling what gears I'm in so I don't have to keep looking down.
So can most, but that's not the point of this thread...
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You shouldn't need to know what gear you're in period (flightdeck pfft). If you're crosschaining you'll know it. If you're not, then you got nothing to worry about.
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So can most, but that's not the point of this thread...
That's so true.. Ok, here's my contribution.
It's a very effective shift light. Plus my own headlight mod.
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I'm glad I don't ride with you at nite if you keep looking down to see what gear you are in
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That's so true.. Ok, here's my contribution.
It's a very effective shift light. Plus my own headlight mod.
I hope you like maglites in your rear spokes
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I ride a single gear bike. Always in the right gear, biatch!
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I hope you like maglites in your rear spokes
That's not just regular tape, that's scotch magic tape.
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I've been riding fixed wheel ,Shiftless and i have to keep pedaling.
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A little while back, I commented about a bike light I found...Thought it a great find...Planet Bike's reflecterized ankle braclet with a built in light...
Well...It occured to me..One thing I don't like about night riding is not seeing your chains position in the cogset/chainring.....So Wal La... Wrap this Bike Planet ankle strap about the base of your seat tube..Should be enough light to see your cassette chain position at least...Maybe put in a small safety pin to secure it 100 % to the tube.
Is everyone's sense of where your gearing is, that you don't worry about chain stretch positions at night...? I have exclusively STI shifting on my bikes.

I rarely ever look at my chain position day or night. I'm a little confused why someone would feel that it is necessary.


That said, I do have a small light (it's a common white "blinkie" set on the steady setting) which I set up facing me when I ride at night so I can see where my bottle cages are.
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If your chain is not on the cog you will definitely hear it and probably feel it.
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That's not just regular tape, that's scotch magic tape.
In that case. I take back what I said.
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If your chain is not on the cog you will definitely hear it and probably feel it.
Exactly!

The only time I might take a glance down there is if I'm shifting and nothing is happening - I look, and realize that I'm at one end of my gears or the other.
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If your chain is not on the cog you will definitely hear it and probably feel it.
If your chain is stretched to the maximum extent, yes - you hear a noise...But one gear in , you don't... But that is still a stretched position..I was told, always stay two gears in from the outermost cog position...When in the biggest chainring...
Riding in traffic...Don't think I am alone is not knowing at all times your gear position...Some do it more than others...I catch myself from time to time, but not routinely....Guess this is a cyclists closest encounter to what motorists say, when they drive 60 miles on the freeway , are so bored- they can't remember a mile of it, they were so deep into concentration..
...Not that I am ever bored while out on the bike. I think most cyclists visually check out their gearing from time to time...Does not take but a nano second.
I think Slvoid solution is one possibility...But probably not require that much lite..Plus, might not this help you in being seen from the side, against those motorists who run red lights.
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If your chain is stretched to the maximum extent, yes - you hear a noise...But one gear in , you don't... But that is still a stretched position..I was told, always stay two gears in from the outermost cog position...When in the biggest chainring...

All I've ever been told is that if you're cycling, and there's a grinding noise caused by cross-chaining, you shouldn't ride in that gear for very long . . . but a little while won't hurt.
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