How to Use Campagnolo Gear Shifters

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Campagnolo gear shifters are known for their strength, accuracy and ease of adjustment. Their ergonomic design allows for movement and maneuverability in the hoods and the drops, and their inner workings assure that you never miss a shift. Ride your bicycle to its full potential by learning to use your Campagnolo gear shifters correctly.

  • Begin pedaling in an open practice area, such as a parking lot or multi-use path. Too little speed will result in jumpy shifting, so work up to a good pace.

  • When you reach the top of your spinning range, 80 to 90 rpm for most cyclists, press down on the thumb lever of the right handlebar shifter until it clicks one time. The bicycle will shift into a slightly harder gear.

  • Pedal to the top of your gear range again, and press the thumb lever a second time. The bicycle will shift into another, even harder gear, propelling you faster with the same pedal rotation speed.

  • When you need to slow down, do not simply grab the brake levers and coast to a stop, as you will end up in a gear that is too hard to push off in. Instead, continue pedaling lightly, until your cadence (the speed of the pedal rotation) is low enough to warrant a downshift. This is around 40 rpm for most cyclists.

  • When you reach the bottom of your spinning range, press inward on the downshift lever, located behind the brake lever, to shift into a lower gear. Repeat until you've slowed to a stop.

Tips & Warnings

  • The left gear shifter controls the front deraileur, and should only be used to cause extreme changes in the gear range. For example, when pedaling uphill, the left thumb lever may be pressed down to shift into an entirely new, lower range of gears to help you on your way up.

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