Shifting is a zig zag thing. I have three big rings, I try to live in the middle and on the big ring. I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing about how to smoothly get from lowest to highest and back down without the zig zag.
I'm up high on the middle ring and I'm anticipating moving to the big ring, but if I shift directly, it's like jumping up 5 gears (that's a guess). So I'm either pre-emptively downshifting the back gears (no longer creating power or bringing my cadence crazy high) and then shifting the front gears up to get back to about where I was in preparation for shifting up. Or the opposite is true when downshifting.
Are there any tricks? Like, If you're on the middle ring, don't go higher than "X" on the back gear. If you're at "X", shift to the big gear first, then keep shifting up if you need it.
Does that make sense?