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I think it is beneficial to pedal hard just on the summit. Although tired from the ascent, pedaling hard for 10 seconds quickly brings one to the target speed. Then one can recover on the downhill (tucking in to reduce air drag). Failing to do that leads to spending time in very low speed, waiting for gravity to accelerate the rider, and wasting many ...


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Because wind resistance is proportional to velocity squared it takes more power to go from 30 to 32 than from 15 to 17. So you get more bang from your pedal power at lower speeds. If it is a relatively short downhill and you have considerable speed you are typically better off coasting and then pedal when you get to a flat or flatter section. So you are ...


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People tend not to use the front brake exclusively or mostly because they fear the bike will flip over. As I was taught by a Police motorcyclist - if the front wheel locks you will still go straight, if the back wheel locks you will hit the floor. Certainly in my experience of non-competitive cycling events (sportives, multi-day Charity rides) I've seen a ...


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Many strong opinions about braking front or rear I see! Well, I almost always use my rear brake to start off. I was taught, way back when, that to use the front brake first, particularly if I had to slam them on, would send me over my handlebars. Whether that's true or not, after many years and thousands of miles, I'm still doing it that way. So, I start ...


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Sheldon's article is quite detailed, but I'd like to chip in one circumstance where the use of the front brake is not such a good idea. I found myself in a situation where I had to cycle with a headset that was less than perfectly tight. This took some time to fix due to a seized locknut on a threaded headset. If there is play in the headset bearings, use of ...


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If You are DH racing, then we are talking about racetracks and trails thar are known to the rider, assuming that the rider is practicing and getting used to the track, picking best lines for each section and generally speaking, creating/refining a race strategy. In that context, a gear is to be selected acording to the particular needs of each section, ...



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