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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    You guys should never try and shift under load. Basic rule. If you have to downshift on a climb, you should time it in a place where you can get a few good hard stroke and throw the shift while you just ghost pedal. You should never crank on your rear derailure while cranking hard on your pedals, and you should never try and drop down in front letting your front D just scrape along your chain waiting to push it down. You need to pick a gear and stick with it, and or learn to "push the clutch in" at key poins in a climb where you can relieve tension on the chain so your derailures can shift easily. MTB 101 there...that's why it's so important to shift BEFORE the hill.
    I don't shift under load, at least not on purpose, that's what I meant by this:

    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    I can usually shift the rear into a lower gear by letting off pressure on the pedals slightly right at the time of the shift.
    If there isn't a spot where I can let up on the pedaling for a second then I tough it out in whatever gear I'm in, or stop and walk. I do usually try to be in the correct gear ahead of time, but sometimes I screw up and need to readjust. Luckily I have pretty strong legs so I can usually power through a climb if I get stuck in too high of a gear, as long as I'm not too tired (that's when I tend to shift more often).

    Thanks for the advice though. I think there's a lot of people that don't know this.
    Brian

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    sorry...one of those times again. From greg post it sounded like he was by saying it was easier to shift his rear derailure on the climb then his front....Don't meant o sound like a dick...sometimes it just happens. It was late when I got home....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    sorry...one of those times again. From greg post it sounded like he was by saying it was easier to shift his rear derailure on the climb then his front....Don't meant o sound like a dick...sometimes it just happens. It was late when I got home....
    Nothing to be sorry about at all. I can't speak for Greg, maybe he does shift under load.

    I'm the one who actually said that it was easier to shift my rear on the climb, but only if I was able to back off on the pedaling for a second.

    I didn't think you sounded like a dick at all, that was very sage advice. My frail ego just can't handle people thinking that I'm going around shifting under load, so I had to clarify.
    Brian

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    32:19t on my 29er SSer. Guess there is no choice in that department. On my other SSer, I just went to 32:20t because I wanted the extra width of the cog (+2t from an 18t) to minimize chain slap on the bottom chainstay.

    However, on the full susser, I ditched the third ring for bash guard and always start out somewhere in that neighborhood. I only ask for Granny's assistance on really steep and technical climbs, other wise I try to stay in the "middle" for the entire ride.

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    I spend most of the time on my geared big on the middle ring and the lower end of my cassette. The SS is 32:16 I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    sorry...one of those times again. From greg post it sounded like he was by saying it was easier to shift his rear derailure on the climb then his front....Don't meant o sound like a dick...sometimes it just happens. It was late when I got home....
    Actually, I think it's easier to shift the front while climbing. And no I don't do it under heavy load. I don't know a lot, but I know enough to back off while shifting...

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