Kilt wearing cyclist
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Bikes: 1974 Montomery Wards Open Road, 1971 Schwinn Suburban, 2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker
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Greeting from the lower highlands of Oregon. Obviously not a Scottish national, but have roots going back to Stirlingshire.
I have two pieces of advice for a newer rider. The first is to get out and ride as much as possible. The next is to do as much of your initial riding as possible with your chain on the middle rear ring, and the middle front ring (assuming a 3 ring front crank set). Once you can handle the gentler inclines with ease, shift your chain to a smaller rear gear. As you build up your strength, you will be able to tackle increasingly steeper slopes.
Last edited by PomPilot; 05-25-11 at 02:04 PM.