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Need good ref. for friction shifting(4 posts)

Need good ref. for friction shiftingbrian n
Jun 11, 2003 7:32 AM
Hi all,

I have a friend who bought a cheap old nishiki road bike to see if he would like the sport before paying out the big bucks for a new ride. It is a mid-80s bike with 6 speed friction shifting. I've tried to describe how to shift on it as best as I can, but he still has a good bit of trouble getting the hang of it. I know it all takes practice, but does anyone know of any good online web pages or references on shifting technique I can send his way?
wiggle the lever until it quits going "clakclakclakclak"cory
Jun 11, 2003 7:52 AM
Grant Petersen has a little on it--about a sentence--somewhere on the Rivendell site, but I don't know that any amount of written instruction would help. Two of my bikes are still friction, and I can't even think of what I could tell people who didn't know how to ride them. Just plop him on the bike and ride around a parking lot or something (where he won't be distracted) and have him shift six times a minute until he gets it right.
Once he can get INTO a gear, then you can ride with him and help him choose the RIGHT gear. My wife's been riding (casually; she doesn't really like it) for 20 years, and when we come to a hill early in spring I still have to remind her, "Pull the right one back and push the left one forward."
wiggle the lever until it quits going "clakclakclakclak"brian n
Jun 11, 2003 8:01 AM
yeah, correct gear selection is a whole other issue indeed....
Just for kicks, how 'bout an oddball tip?mapei boy
Jun 11, 2003 10:50 AM
Here's a way to center your chain over a rear cog without looking down at it. If the clickety-click sounds bassy, your chain is too far out. It the clickety-click sounds trebly, the chain is too far in. Adjust accordingly.