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Optimal gear for hills ? Lower or highest?

Old 07-11-22, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
What part of "it depends on the rider" is eluding you?

It depends on the rider, the wind direction, the ambient temperature, and how tired he's going to be for the other 4 minutes of the 5 minute ride he takes once a week

The real answer is he doesn't ride enough for it to make any practical difference..

Has this guy actually accumulated an entire hour of riding time since he started posting on bf non-stop?
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Old 07-11-22, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
So, it looks like you are talking about chain rings on a triple crankset.

What are you doing with the gears in back?
He said he keeps the "left gear" on 2, I'm guessing that is the middle chainring. Left shifter controlling the FD. He is asking about "right gear switch" which should be the RD I would think. But then he says 1,2, or 3. So is it a 3x3 drivetrain? I don't know that I've seen that before.
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Old 07-11-22, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by m.c.
He said he keeps the "left gear" on 2, I'm guessing that is the middle chainring. Left shifter controlling the FD. He is asking about "right gear switch" which should be the RD I would think. But then he says 1,2, or 3. So is it a 3x3 drivetrain? I don't know that I've seen that before.
Err. I think he's talking about the 3 lowest rear gears in the back out of "whatever". (It's not likely to be a 3x3 drive train.)
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
Err. I think he's talking about the 3 lowest rear gears in the back out of "whatever". (It's not likely to be a 3x3 drive train.)
Probably, I just read it to be there were only 3 choices.
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Originally Posted by m.c.
Probably, I just read it to be there were only 3 choices.
If 1 (the lowest) is easy and 3 hard, then any gears harder than 3 are moot (it doesn't matter if it's only 3 or if it's more).
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife
Yes, the implication was seated hill climb.
So, there is no conventional wisdom on gear choice?

I might do an A/B experiment.
A: Do entire hill in gear 1
B: Do entire hill in gear 3

Compare heart rate and time elapsed.
What about your cogs in back?...are you not shifting the rear at all?
If you do, then your super science experiment will have a bunch more variables to account for.
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Originally Posted by m.c.
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The ring being used in the front doesn't really matter either. It doesn't even matter that it's the lowest three gears.

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
What about your cogs in back?...are you not shifting the rear at all?
If you do, then your super science experiment will have a bunch more variables to account for.
It takes too much effort to shift. It is much less effort to get on the internet, log into bike forums, start a thread, then spend hours over the course of days to discuss which gear to leave it in.
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Originally Posted by phughes
It is much less effort to get on the internet, log into bike forums, start a thread, then spend hours over the course of days to discuss which gear to leave it in.
I do the same when I want to figure out how to do something like carry a golf club on a 5 minute ride.
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Old 07-12-22, 04:13 AM
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Left gear is 1-2-3
I always keep left gear on 2

Right gear is 1-7
I am referring to right gear
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife
Left gear is 1-2-3
I always keep left gear on 2

Right gear is 1-7
I am referring to right gear

So on your next 7 rides, try each gear once and see which one is best for you. The questions you ask make it clear you haven't really ridden your bike more than a few minutes in the last two years. Go out and actually try some stuff and stop making new threads. No one learns to ride by starting threads.
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO
I think this is the ideal gear for you...



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New thread: What is the best way to lace my shoes?
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Originally Posted by phughes
New thread: What is the best way to lace my shoes?
Do you alternate exhaling and inhaling, or do you inhale three times, then exhale 4 times?
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
Do you alternate exhaling and inhaling, or do you inhale three times, then exhale 4 times?
Will helium in my tires make speed improvements to my bike and make hopping curbs less harder?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Will helium in my tires make speed improvements to my bike and make hopping curbs less harder?

It makes the hubs sound squeakier.
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I try to use 2nd speed, 1st speed results in excessive gaseous discharge to the environment.
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I am finding the OP's threads very educational. Learning a lot!
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Learning a lot!
About what, I'll never know.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
About what I'll never know.
Well, about how to carry a golf club for one. I'm going to take my golf clubs to my bike fit this week to see what the optimum way of carrying a set of clubs to the course is. Should be doable with the double shoulder straps on the bag.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Well, about how to carry a golf club for one. I'm going to take my golf clubs to my bike fit this week to see what the optimum way of carrying a set of clubs to the course is. Should be doable with the double shoulder straps on the bag.
Well, you are going to carry a set of clubs, the OP, was trying to figure out how to carry one, single, club.
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Originally Posted by phughes
Well, you are going to carry a set of clubs, the OP, was trying to figure out how to carry one, single, club.
I'm using the education to build my skills. He wants to carry one, I want to carry fourteen.

It's kind of like wanting to ride more miles than the guy before you.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I'm using the education to build my skills. He wants to carry one, I want to carry fourteen.

It's kind of like wanting to ride more miles than the guy before you.
You may need extra water, and be sure to check your gearing for the hills as well.
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Hi! What’s this thread about?
Toilet Bowls. CheGiant and LarrySellarz are the salesman for the toilet industry.
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Toilet Bowls. CheGiant and LarrySellarz are the salesman for the toilet industry.
That stinks!
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