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First ride on new bike.. Do you go up the hill or down(5 posts)

First ride on new bike.. Do you go up the hill or downaOldMan
Jan 30, 2004 1:35 PM
As a winter project I put together a new ride. Now I have to wait until the snow clears before riding it.

But I am pondering my first ride on the new bike. Leaving my driveway I can turn right and go up a 21% hill that is a killer or turn left and go down the hill and hit some high speeds without even turning the crank.

If I turn right, I have an easy ride home, turn left, and I am climbing on the way back. Which way would you turn on the first ride?

Turn left and I get to test out my brakes in a hurry, go up, and the drivetrain gets a real workout, not to mention my heart!
Depends on the weather.dzrider
Jan 30, 2004 1:38 PM
Start going up if it's cold and you warm up faster.
Up hill firstDave Hickey
Jan 30, 2004 1:40 PM
1. If something breaks, you can coast back home
2. I'd rather have something break going 10mph than going 30mph.
Up hill first (nm)rogue_CT1
Jan 30, 2004 3:30 PM
What's most likley won't work right?Mel Erickson
Jan 30, 2004 2:26 PM
First, your shifting will be off. It could skip, not shift down or up, overshift, undershift, etc. This could be a big problem going up hill, especially a 21% grade.

Second, cables stretch. This could cause your brakes to fade and your shifting to deteriorate. Both would necessitate adjustments on the road.

I'll take the downhill, thank you. Chances are your cables will take awhile to stretch and your brakes won't fade that much.

You'll have time, on less severe slopes, to adjust your derailleurs.

Remember to take the necessary tools and a cell phone to call the wife/SO when you get stranded. Just make sure she's available.