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shifting gears while climbing. advise please(2 posts)

shifting gears while climbing. advise pleaseNoam
Dec 20, 2002 6:38 PM
Using Campy Record Ergo Power I find it tricky to shift down a cog while out of the saddle hand on hoods. I always seat down first for a sec. shift and stand up again. Any advise from you seasoned climbers?
re: shifting gears while climbing. advise pleaseDINOSAUR
Dec 20, 2002 7:09 PM
Just keep on doing it and you will get the hang of it.
I usually honk side-to-side when I am standing out of the saddle. If I need to shift I co-ordinate my shift when honking to the left and click the right lever ergo at the same time. I try to plan my shifts in advance, but I ride the same hills all the time so I know what gear to be in when I start a climb...it's better to start off in too high a gear and when you start spinning shift to a lower (or bigger) gear....I also do most of my climbing seated unless I am approaching the crest of a hill or unless I want to get out of the saddle and stretch. Standing uses more energy, and you will tire faster, unless you are a Lance Armstrong who makes it look easy......I like to pattern myself after Ullrich when it comes to climbing..but it's whatever works for you..the idea is to get up the hill as fast as you can without blowing up....