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shifting technique(4 posts)

shifting techniqueneube
Apr 23, 2002 1:21 PM
i'm a bit of a newbie. in general i try to avoid spilling ignorance all over the screens of innocent surfers... but i have a question that google searches and observation of my more experienced riding buddies isn't quite covering.

Shifting Technique, specifically on hills - any thoughts you have on learning smooth, efficient shifting are appreciated!

I'm bright enough to have figured out to prepare for the hill. Aware enough to concentrate on carrying momentum from the preceeding flat/downhill to climb.

But, i can't help but make a lot of noise while shifting on the hills. any tips you may have for smoothing out shifting on hills is appreciated.

thanks,
neube.
Two thingslaffeaux
Apr 23, 2002 1:30 PM
1) shift early - Don't wait to shift until you can bearly move the pedals, make sure you are still at a comfortable cadence when you downshift.

2) ease up on the pedals - If you're applying a lot of pressure on the cranks, ease up a bit before you shift. Let the chain engage and then increase your power.
Sounds like soft-pedaling is the answer...retro
Apr 23, 2002 2:55 PM
From the description, I think you might be pedaling too hard when you shift. Try easing off the pedals for a revolution or two as you move the shifter. To do that, you'll have to shift early, as laffeaux said, so you don't jet down the hill backward...
re: shifting techniqueAlexx
Apr 23, 2002 5:38 PM
try to keep your cadence up to 90 rev's/minute. shift early, even if it means you will be spinning.