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    downhill racing question

    do you usually shift gears during a race or just pick the best gear and ride with it?

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    you will change gears at some point of a race. I never did a race in one gear

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    Yes you will be shifting gears

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    all depends on the course, but most courses you will need to shift gears

    helpful hint for racing.....use your limiter to take out the first two gears (easiest)
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    all depends on the course, but most courses you will need to shift gears

    helpful hint for racing.....use your limiter to take out the first two gears (easiest)
    why would you want to do that? Does is help with shifting through the others, or just keep you from shifting to granny and losing your chain into the spokes?

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    If you can pedal, you can shift... shift when nessesary*....
    * Definately did not spell that right
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    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    some people make the mistake of starting out in too high of a gear thinking they will end up in that gear. Get a fast start, then shift as needed. Depends on the course start though. You may have to shift up or down during turns or slight climbs.

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    I can guarantee that you WILL shift during a race. Hell, the starting gate will require you to shift.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    why would you want to do that? Does is help with shifting through the others, or just keep you from shifting to granny and losing your chain into the spokes?
    usually you don't need the easiest gears, so it is better to elimate them
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    hardly any racers use more than 1 chainring, and they all have chainguides, yes u need to shift to be in the optimum gear for accelration, ie change down before a slow corner so u can pedal out of it quick and then change up when u get more speed up.

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