Just bought myself my first road bike! Beautiful machine!
Rode 150 km on it this weekend.
Just got me wondering...
I usually commute on a touring bike (but not too heavy, with skinny tires, a bit optimized for performance,... well, as much as it is possible for a touring bike...) that has 28/38/48 teeth in front and a 9sp 11-34 cassette in the rear.
With that, any sprocket change really "matters" if you see what I mean... minimum 2 teeth jump at each change and quite quickly 3 teeth and 4 for the last gears (26-30-34).
On my road bike I have a compact in front: 50/34 and a 10-sp 11-27 cassette.
And the gearing is so smooth I sometimes even not noticed I changed gear when it is a 1 tooth jump. It is probably great for flat riding to adjust perfectly to your pedaling rhythm, but having this kind of small jump cassette feels a bit strange...
How should one change gears?
I noticed for instance that I changed quite a lot of sprockets when climbing so I felt I had to be at the lowest gears, but when checking I was on the 19 teeth which is not that much for climbing, and now my legs hurt ...
I know I will adjust someday, but,... any advice?