Old 06-26-14, 12:22 AM
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I live just East of Atlanta. It's all rolling foothills, here.

For years after it made sense, I rode a bike with downtube shifters. So, I only shifted when I really really really had to. As a result, I rarely shifted to climb and just powered up them. This made shorter hill climbs pretty fast, but made longer ones a nightmare.

I have sense had to re-train myself to accept the higher cadence of granny-gearing it up long hills... Much nicer... easier to last through long rides like that rather than standing on the pedals & torquing my way up a hill.

Aside from saving some energy for longer rides, I'm told it's easier on the drivetrain and rear wheels. That being said, I never had any issues with either on my old bike.
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