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Newbie borrowing a Bianchi bike and needs some direction(5 posts)

Newbie borrowing a Bianchi bike and needs some directiontracybin
Aug 16, 2003 9:29 AM
I am participating in my first triathlon and am borrowing a bianchi bike with campagnolo gears (i think) as you can see I don't know alot about bikes. The person I borrowed the bike from didn't remember how to shift gears. I have taken it out a few times and keep shifting gears until I find one that works but have no idea if I am doing it correctly. Should I go to a bike shop and ask for help or could some one explain to me how this works. I have a mountain bike that I understand how it works but I was getting sick of everyone passing me. I really ejoy using the road bike but I would like to be able to know a little more about how it works if I decide to use it in the race.
re: Newbie borrowing a Bianchi bike and needs some directionLive Steam
Aug 16, 2003 10:17 AM
Well you came up with a good answer on your own, but a little reassurance is a good thing. Why not take it to your LBS for a quick tune-up and some instruction on shifting. If you ride a mountain bike, the principals of shifting are relatively the same. Small chain ring for hills and higher cadence and the big ring for power and speed.

The left shifter controls the front rings and the right controls the rear cogs. If the shift levers are reasonably new they are not friction shifters - which is a good thing. If they are Campy there should be thumb levers on the inside edge of the hood assembly. The right thumb lever effects the rear cogs. Pushing down on the right thumb lever shifts the rear cogs to higher gearing - meaning it will be harder to pedal, but also supply more power. To shift to lower gearing you need to press on the lever that is tucked in behind the right brake lever. Each of these levers allow for shifting one gear at a time or you can push the lever farther to shift two or three gears at a time. The left thumb lever moves the chain from the big ring to the small ring and the right lever behind the brake lever does the opposite, moving the chain from the small ring to the big ring.

I hope this is clear :O) If your bike has three rings, the same principles apply, but you have one extra ring that the left levers influence. Good luck and ask more questions if this response prompted any.
re: Newbie borrowing a Bianchi bike and needs some directionil sogno
Aug 16, 2003 11:11 AM
Take it to a bike shop and ask them. Here, though, are a few tips for shifting least the click-shifting gears that have the controls on the brake levers...

The controls on the LEFT BRAKE LEVER control the FRONT DERAILLEUR. The controls on the RIGHT BRAKE LEVER control the REAR DERAILEUR.

The LEVER THAT'S TUCKED INTO THE BELLY of each brake lever moves the chain from the little cogs to the bigger ones. The MOUSE EAR-THUMB LEVER moves the chain from the bigger cogs to the smaller ones.

You push down on the Mouse Ear-Thumb levers. You push inwards on the levers hidden inside the brake levers.

Soon, you will see that when you move the various levers, the chain moves in the same direction that the levers are going.

You will also find out that you can shift through several gears at once,if you just keep pushing the various levers further and further.

It's all wonderfully instinctive. You'll get the hang of it in a flash.

Of course you know that you're always supposed to be pedaling while you shift.

As for finding the proper gear to be in, just keep shifting and shifting. You'll find a good one soon enough.

One final suggestion. Ride the damn thing and get used to it a little before you race on it!
A Campy equipped Bianchi that the owner...Spoke Wrench
Aug 16, 2003 11:28 AM
doesn't remember how to shift. Sigh!
one simple thing to rememberDougSloan
Aug 16, 2003 11:47 AM
The smaller lever always shifts to a smaller sized gear, front or back, Campy or Shimano.

Of course, in the front, smaller is easier, and in the back, smaller is harder.

It takes more force and leverage to shift to a larger sized gear, so the levers for that are larger. The smaller levers just release the ratchet and a spring pulls the derailleur over. Same front and back.