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Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Pedal, then shift into a gear that isn't too easy, yet not so hard.
That's the perfect gear. It takes constant readjustment to continue to find the right gear for the given conditions.
Just as a general guideline, shift into an easier gear when going uphill.
Sorry, I couldn't help myself!
It's all about just going out and getting used to your bike. The more you ride the easier it becomes.
And actually a lot of beginners shift into too easy a gear for climbing. If you spin too easy a gear you'll spin out and go too slow. One higher gear will give you the torque necessary to make it to the top.
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