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    New technique?

    Hey guys, im getting a new mtb soon and i thought of a new technique. I was wondering if someone knew about it or could test it out
    Basically its a technique to get a good speed boost on a paved trail.

    1. Get up to average speed on a high gear
    2. Go to a low gear (low enough to pedal fast easily) and start pedalling fast
    3. Go back to the high gear while pedalling fast. And this will hopefully give you a speed boost.
    4. If you can still maintain the fast pedaling on the high gear, switch to an even higher gear and go faster.


    If someone could try this out and tell me about it, it would be awesome. Thanks!

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    Why don't you just try it yourself. In the end Watts is Watts. You need a certain amount of power to overcome rolling resistance, hills and air resistance. Changing gears won't change the amount of watts produced.

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    Why do you think i wont try it myself? I said im getting a new mtb soon i didnt say im too lazy to do it myself

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    are you trying to drag race your bike or something?

    when I want to go faster, I pedal harder. I shift when I need to shift (as in, when my cadence gets too low or too high). Excessive shifting wastes time and energy.

    There are studies that show best cadence for max efficiency and for max power output.

    Prepare to be scienced.

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    I dont know all of this bike science i just know that pedaling makes the bike roll. Once i get a mtb ill try it out and youll all be thanking me for helping you go way faster

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    Sounds completely legit, thanks in advance!
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    Sure whatever just wait until i prove you wrong

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    Btw im not the typical cyclist who wears that stupid outfit and is super skinny.

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    Your profile indicates that you have 3 bikes, so why not try it now so that the rest of us can learn from your greatness and improve our riding right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bike kid View Post
    Btw im not the typical cyclist who wears that stupid outfit and is super skinny.
    Oh, ok.




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    Just like spinning up a turbo. Now if you can figure out how to get rid the lag 🤣

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    Something like this would definitely depend on what your end goals are. This thread smells of trolling, but whatever, I haven't been on this site in a few years, so I'll dive right in:

    In terms of perceived exertion, then yes, it might give you a small bit of a speed boost over a few seconds, before your cadence catches up with your inertia.

    In terms of making a difference over your commute, then no, it's not going to save discernible time.

    If you want to go faster in the scenario in the OP, skip the downshifting and just upshift...that'll definitely shave a few seconds off of the whole process.

    So, for me, the answers are...yes, no, and maybe.
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    Whoa, anyone else here have déjà vu?
    This post is a natural product. Variances in spelling & grammar should be appreciated as part of its character & beauty.

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    Im not a troll or anything related. I came here to have my questions answered. But im not getting anything satisfying so il just wait till i get my mtb with will be in a week or two. Il update you guys once i test my technique

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Whoa, anyone else here have déjà vu?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkman999 View Post
    Your profile indicates that you have 3 bikes, so why not try it now so that the rest of us can learn from your greatness and improve our riding right away.
    I was required to answer thse questions when i signed up so i just put my previously owned bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bike kid View Post
    Im not a troll or anything related. I came here to have my questions answered. But im not getting anything satisfying so il just wait till i get my mtb with will be in a week or two. Il update you guys once i test my technique
    OK, one question. Are you suggesting spinning a high cadence in an easy gear, shifting to a much harder gear and using the driveline shock as a speed boost? If so, don't do this as you could grenade your driveline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuckerjt07 View Post
    OK, one question. Are you suggesting spinning a high cadence in an easy gear, shifting to a much harder gear and using the driveline shock as a speed boost? If so, don't do this as you could grenade your driveline.

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    Yes thats exactly what i meant, thanks for answering my question instead of just criticizing me

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    Well acutally i meant doing the high cadence at the low gear then switching to the next gear up then the next one and so on. I didnt mean just bombing to the highest gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bike kid View Post
    Well acutally i meant doing the high cadence at the low gear then switching to the next gear up then the next one and so on. I didnt mean just bombing to the highest gear
    This is exactly the reason multi-geared bikes were invented...
    I ride a 26'er with tubes and rim brakes.
    Yeah, I'm basically living in the stone age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87 View Post
    This is exactly the reason multi-geared bikes were invented...
    Maybebbut i dont know about geared bikes. Im more used to single speed bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.b. Weld View Post
    sounds completely legit, thanks in advance!
    lol

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    this sounds like a great way to kill your knees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by analoguekid View Post
    this sounds like a great way to kill your knees?
    After all of his clarification I think he really is just describing accelerating and shifting into the next gear.

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    Not really. Youve basically describing what its like to race XC over changing/rolling terrain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bike kid View Post
    Btw im not the typical cyclist who wears that stupid outfit and is super skinny.
    That's cool, I am. Glad you are not like me!

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    Actual footage of the new technique being tested.

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    If u want a speed boost, get out of the saddle and kick it. You should be in your highest gear already anyway, downshifting won't help

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    Um, because no one here likes to go fast or has any experience shifting or pedaling. Try this, mt bike? Get some smooth tires. Then get a 55 T chainring and a 10 T rear cassette. So fast.

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    Yeah, it should work; just like down-shifting your car to a low gear to accelerate, then up to a higher gear to cruise. Whether you can hold the higher speed in the higher gear will be a test of your strength and fitness, though.

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