La vie de vélo

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Retraining My Brain

I’ve been using old skool rapidfire shifters on my MTB for as long as I can remember (after the XT top mounts were discontinued 😦 ) so I have an ingrained habit of using my right thumb and left index finger to downshift.

Well my new XT rear rapidfire shifters have reversed that so index fingers downshift and thumbs upshift on both sides. Makes sense. But my 15 years of developed muscle memory run contrary to this new shifting scheme and, inevitably I’ve ended up throwing the bike into a hard gear right before a steep climb.

I assume eventually I’ll train myself to learn the new way of shifting. But for now I’m going to have to deal with mis-shifts; I figured I’ll make the best of it and use the ridiculously hard gear to hammer up hills for some strength training!

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September 23, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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