from single- to five-speed, what ma’hab has learned so far

• ma’habocath can’t be pedaling while shifting gears: while it is moving this one needs to stop pedaling, switch gears, wait a moment, then start pedaling again. Found this out the hard way several times before the bike shop guys figured out what was going on and explained how this one was doing it wrong.

• First gear: can casually walk faster than this! But ride is as smooth and easy as if this one were on flat, solid ice.

• Second: like first, only slightly harder and faster.

• Third: first impression tells ma’hab he should mostly stick here in poor weather and more hilly areas of town which is most of town, saving 4th and 5th for the rare flats in good weather.

• Fourth: takes quite a bit of effort to reach and maintain speed, similar to how it felt at single-speed.

• Fifth: fastest this one has ever ridden but oh the effort.

• A bad idea to try and fight a 15-mph headwind at 4th or 5th; haven’t strained my quads this hard since ma’hab was squatting >225-lb 5×5! Or maybe it’s just because this one’s legs have grown soft after a week and a half of little cardio.

This one is going to accept one more ride to-and-from work just for today because of jelly legs from ~1hr of many, many test laps around the bike shop parking lot and the ride home. That and crappy weather. Tomorrow we’ll see what happens on this one’s ~7 mile round trip to and from work! Will be interesting and odd, as going geared makes things behave quite differently.


Author: ma'habocath

ma'habocath knows some, tells much. ma'habocath knows few things others do. This one is a live-alone, full-time burger-flipper with an odd mind and too much to say. ma'hab always tries the best ma'hab can to keep up: • Chores • Bodybuilding and other health-nuttery • Japanese language studies • Culinary experimentation (see “other health-nuttery”) • Exploration of newfound spiritual territory • Exploration of my Self • Figuring out how to socialize well enough, mostly face-to-face • Backlogs: books, heavy metal, anime • Blogging, chatting, texting, and talking to whomever will listen about all of the above

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