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Old 12-09-05, 04:37 AM
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two questions about gears..

Hey all, as the title says, I have two questions about gears. Well, the first one is about my rear derailleur. If I press my shifter too hard when my chain is on the outer most gear, it will skip the next gear and go into the third one. It only happens if I press my shifter too far in. Well, I don't put it in that far in now, but I was just wondering if that sounded normal on some bikes. My next question is about frequency of shifting. How often do all you guys/girls shift gears? Do you tend to leave it in one gear all the time, or shift when needed. Thanks for any responses.
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Old 12-09-05, 06:21 AM
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From your description it sounds as though this is happening to you when you move from a high gear (small sprocket) to a low gear (large sprocket). In this case, yes it is normal. You should be able to skip several gears by pushing the shifter though all its available movement.

As for frequency of shifting, different people have different techniques, but I personally like to keep my cadence (pedalling speed) relatively consistent, so I change my gears as the terrain changes so that my legs are spinning at a fairly constant speed.
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jst covered the gear changing thing.

With the frequency of shifting it all depends on the trails I am riding. Some trails I am able to leave it in the same gear for several minutes. Other trails it seems like I'm changing gears every ten seconds. Just do what feels good to you.
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I usually change my gears so that the feel is the same all the time. I shift very often due to this even though I don't keep a consistent cadence. I'm perfectly happy with my shift method.
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Originally Posted by jst0076
From your description it sounds as though this is happening to you when you move from a high gear (small sprocket) to a low gear (large sprocket). In this case, yes it is normal. You should be able to skip several gears by pushing the shifter though all its available movement.

As for frequency of shifting, different people have different techniques, but I personally like to keep my cadence (pedalling speed) relatively consistent, so I change my gears as the terrain changes so that my legs are spinning at a fairly constant speed.

Well, it's not from a small sproket to a large one. It's the rear sprokets. It's the smallest one outside, to the next bigger one. But if you're saying that if I use the full range of motion on the shifter it will skip gears this and it's normal, I won't worry about it. Just wanted to make sure all was good with my bike
Just won't push the shifter all the way in.
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Going from memory if using Shimano (non-rapid rise) derailleurs when you push the shifter with your thumb you should be able to shift up (bigger gear) 2 or 3 gears at a time, can't remember exactly (haven't used shimano for a while). To do single shifts you just don't push the shifter in all the way. When you pull the shifter in with your pointer finger it should only do one gear at a time.

This is reversed when using rapid rise derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by jst0076

As for frequency of shifting, different people have different techniques, but I personally like to keep my cadence (pedalling speed) relatively consistent, so I change my gears as the terrain changes so that my legs are spinning at a fairly constant speed.
I 'spin' the same mostly.
Some mashing on steep climbs.
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Cadence is different from rider to rider.I ride with a group of others and one of the things we hear from new riders is "What gear are you in". The stock answer is "The one we are comfortable with" Take 4 riders and they will all be spinning at different rates, some spinning and some mashing. I personally like to keep a tight cadence between 90 and 95, so I am up and down the gears with changes at every slope and even on the flat as speed goes up or down. You will settle out on what your legs and body like, so don't worry about what others do on spinning rates.
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Originally Posted by stapfam
I ride with a group of others and one of the things we hear from new riders is "What gear are you in". The stock answer is "The one we are comfortable with"
Too true. I had a riding buddy ask me if I was on a single speed, because he hadn't seen me shift for a while and we were going over rolling terrain. If I'm comfortable, I'll probably be lazy as well, and not bother to shift. That may explain why I own two singlespeeds as well. At the same time, my wife used to forget to shift before getting onto a climb. She would always wait until she had come to a virtual stop, then try and go from the big ring to the granny in one shot. I suggested [from a safe distance] that she shift earlier.
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