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Starting out in high gears

Old 07-07-05, 01:15 PM
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Starting out in high gears

This may be a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway. I noticed watching the tour that whenever they start pedaling at the beginning of the stage they are in a very high gear and thus difficult to get their momentum up. When I start pedaling, I usually down shift to an easier gear so I can get started. Am I doing it wrong? Is there some reason why the pros don't seem to use their easier gears to get started? It makes a little more sense after they crash because they were previously pedaling in a high gear, but I would still try to switch out of it once I got back in the saddle.
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Old 07-07-05, 01:20 PM
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are you talking about the time trials or the roll out for the regular stages? if it's a time trial you are thinking of, then avoiding unncessary shifts makes them more efficient on the bike. all that small stuff adds up espcially when you consider they are fighting for seconds at the end.
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Yes....time trials have them on a trainer or something so their momentum is already built up before they're let go. The team time trials had pushers to push them to a good momentum at start.
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Well off the start ramp for a TT seems like they start out in like a 53/17 or so, thats not that big, you'd be suprised how quickly you can get moving even from a dead stop in a gear like that if your a strong rider and used to it.When Im working I probably do more than a 100 starts from a dead stop in a 52/17 during an 8hr shift, takes maybe 2 or 3 turns of the crank and after that its afterburner time !!! You start diggin and getting down the road...........
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
Yes....time trials have them on a trainer or something so their momentum is already built up before they're let go.
WTF?

They're still starting from a dead stop, usually from a slightly raised platform with a downward sloping ramp. You see the riders on a trainer before they race, warming up the muscles so that they don't have to waste the first few miles getting their muscles working properly - every second and every mile counts when you're racing against the clock.
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Originally Posted by pedex
Well off the start ramp for a TT seems like they start out in like a 53/17 or so, thats not that big, you'd be suprised how quickly you can get moving even from a dead stop in a gear like that if your a strong rider and used to it.When Im working I probably do more than a 100 starts from a dead stop in a 52/17 during an 8hr shift, takes maybe 2 or 3 turns of the crank and after that its afterburner time !!! You start diggin and getting down the road...........
I agree. Just stomp on the pedals and you're up to speed in a few seconds. You may look kind of clunky for a couple of seconds, but this is still much faster than starting in a low gear and shifting up. In addition, I find occassional out-of-the-saddle slow pedaling in a big gear to be relaxing.
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They do it on regular stages as well as on TTs. Either way, I find that I can get up to speed faster if I start in a lower gear. I don't see why this is any different than a car. Besides, shifting up doesn't take any time at all so I don't buy that it takes too long or it is a pain in the ass to change gears. I guess I'm the only one that bikes this way.
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Until i started doing clips i always started off in the largest major gear and the smallest minor gear. The only reason I have stopped is because of the stupid clips and thei
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Originally Posted by johnny99
but this is still much faster than starting in a low gear and shifting up.
I find I am faster "out of the gate" (stoplights and whatnot) when I start out of a lower gear compared to many other folks I see who start from higher gears. I can get moving (and shifting) much faster while they're still trying to get clipped back in. Obviously I'm not a TdF contender and never will be, but a lot of the folks I see think they are
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