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Old 12-11-04, 10:56 AM
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This'll sound stupid....

... but how do you shift? I have easy to decipher shift pods (MTB style), but shifting is clunky. Do I need to slow down my cadence during shifts, or does my drivetrain need a tuneup. Or am I silly expecting my bike to shift smoothly?
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Old 12-11-04, 11:36 AM
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You have to kind of ease up on the torque while you're shifting, but not stop pedaling altogether. If the chain makes a lot of noise, and finally shifts, a tune up would probably help. If it just shifts suddenly and violently, it might be mostly technique.
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Old 12-11-04, 11:51 AM
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1. As a general rule, leave your front shifter in the middle chainring position and forget about it. Now you can concentrate most of your shifting on just your rear shifter.
2. If you find yourself panting or out of breath, shift into a harder gear. That will let you go the same speed while peddling more slowly.
3. If your legs feel tired, shift into an easier gear.
4. If you see an "Oh my god!" hill coming up ahead, shift into your smallest chainring just as you reach the base of the hill. That will give you an easier range of gears so that you can climb the hill with dignity.
5. About twice a year, you'll have either a downhill or a tail wind that will let you benefit from the biggest front chainring. Make the most of those opportunities.
6. Whenever you change gears, whether front or back, you can pedal at the same cadence but ease up the pressure on the pedals so that the derailleur can finesse the chain onto the next sprocket more easily.
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