Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Atlanta, Georgia southside
Bikes: Lemond Buenos Aries, Gary Fisher Tassajara, Trek 4500, plus many more
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Welcome, I've been biking for several decades and much of what I read goes over my head as well. I just live by the rule that if I find my pedal in the up position, I move it to the down position. With this simple philosophy I have managed even century rides. I really don't worry about whether I am in a 52/12 or a 30/25 gear. I just pick one that seems to work for me and return to the philosophy mentioned above. Keep it simple, Derek. Keep it enjoyable. I would die for a 14-15 miles trek to work along a bikepath.