Today we want to give you some very useful tips for biking in Tuscany safely and with much fun!
I bike Tuscany: always ride on the right side.
I bike Tuscany and STOP if I need to get off my jacket/fleece, answer the phone, drink
Always indicate change of direction showing your extended left/ right arm. PRIOR to adjusting course left or right, always first look back behind you to make sure it’s clear , then signal your intent.
I bike Tuscany and STOP at stop signals and red traffic lights
I bike Tuscany and DO NOT cross zebra crossing while cycling. Please get off your bike and walk
I bike Tuscany and cycle in line ( in vertical row) not in group occupying the road.
While biking in Tuscany, which lever changes which bike gear?
Left-hand shifter/lever: controls the front derailleur which guides the chain over the chainrings
Right-hand shifter/lever: controls the rear derailleur, which guides your chain over the back cogs
For cycling in Tuscany, what bike gear should I be in?
LOW GEAR – Great For Climbing
Switch down to this combination as you approach the climb so you’ll be able to climb slowly and with less effort.
Front gear = Small chainring
Back gear = The largest cogs
MIDDLE GEAR – Great For Everyday Terrain
The medium gear is perfect for flat or undulating terrain.
Front gear = Middle chainring on triple
Back gear = The middle cogs
HIGH GEAR – Great For Descending
Switch down to this combination with the big chainring at the front and small cog at the rear.
Front gear = Big chainring
Back gear = Smallest cog
You will also want to get into a high gear for accelerating.
Which bike gears should I avoid?
AVOID This Combination Of Gears → Front gear = smallest chainring + Back gear = smallest cog
as they will wear your chain out quickly
When to Shift
KEEP PEDALLING WHILE SHIFTING GEARS
- Shift to an easier gear on climbs or when you’re riding into the wind.
- Use a harder gear on flats or if the wind is blowing from behind.
When in doubt, shift before the terrain changes.
For: Uphills and headwinds → Use: Small or middle front chainring + bigger rear cogs
For: Downhills → Use: Large front chainring + a range of rear cogs
For: Flat terrain→ Use: Small or middle front chainring + smaller rear cogs
Top tips on how to brake efficiently:
Remember the back brake is for regulating speed (RIGHT lever) and the front for really stopping (LEFT lever).
- Start by pulling the back brake to start to slow your speed
- Look at the point you want to stop at, NOT right in front of your wheel
- Keep your arm and shoulders relaxed
- With even power (don’t grab!!) start to pull the front brake to slow yourself down
- Once you are at the speed you want release the front brake gradually
- Keep using the back brake to regulate speed or bring yourself to a stop