Just a small update on my third attempt at commuting to work via a bicycle.
This was the best attempt yet, making my best time (about eight minutes), and making it up Center Street Hill to Summit Avenue, where I want to turn off in the future.
The issue was that my bike would not shift down again (but luckily, it did not lose the chain this time). So I burned myself out just getting to Summit Avenue and then took the steps up to campus.
Moral of the story? I need to get my bike looked at soon.
2 responses to “Bicycle Commuting: Day Three”
One technique tip for shifting is to let up on the pedal pressure a bit as the chain is trying to shift. It takes a bit of practice but after riding for 15 years I can tell you that I get my chain to shift on the upstroke of my right leg about 90% of the time. I don’t think about it anymore.
A new bike would make this less of a need, but it’s still a good practice to get in to.
Thanks for the tip. I’ll try it out some time this week. My chain fell off again while biking up the same hill, so I’m starting to think that it is maybe that the bike just needs more work then I am thinking.
Will need to stop by the bike shop soon to figure out what to do next.