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Shifting under pressureSlip Stream
Jul 26, 2002 4:54 AM
With the mtb and all the replacement mtb drivetrain componenets came a warning not to shift under pressure. Many a new chain has been bought going up a steep hill.

The new road bike came with no such warning. And no drive train componenets have been replaced, yet. I have found myself out of the saddle hammering up a steep incline needing to change gears. I sit down, ease off the pedals and change gears. But, loose most of my upward momentem in the process.

Is it ok to shift a road bike drivetrain under pressure? Or will it result in a new chain?
same with road bike, ease up.Chen2
Jul 26, 2002 5:47 AM
You can make a good smooth shift in less than one second. Ease up on the pressure, shift quickly and go. No real difference between road and mountain except that it should be easier to keep the road bike drive train clean. How long your chain should last depends on many variables, including the quality of the chain.
re: Shifting under pressureK-Man
Jul 26, 2002 6:50 AM
Don't shift under pressure, destime for some broken parts!
All you need to to is let off the pressure for a split second while shifting (no need to sit down) and after some practice you should be able to shift quietly in any situation.
You should be able to shift smoothly on a sprinting hill climb without sitting down or losing much of your cadence.

re: Shifting under pressuremackgoo
Jul 26, 2002 8:41 AM
I shift standing all the time. I do ease up some to make the shift. Some times I just whack it. Mostly I ease up.