One of the recent posts over at Musings of An Intrepid Commuter discusses the need to keep one's bike in it's powerband while riding in traffic. Most of us ride at least a gear higher than we really should because, hey, it can't be good keeping the bike at those high revs. And it's noisy!
When a rider needs power, however, he or she needs it now.
It made sense to me, so I tried it out on Thursday. Instead of shifting up a gear when I hit cruising speed, I left the bike in it's current gear. That usually meant I was riding at about 8000 RPM.
Wow! I couldn't believe the difference it made in my ride. I could probably go a gear lower and kick the revs up to 9000 or so, though by that point the bike makes so much noise I get self-conscious anywhere but the freeway.
Anyway, having that power right there when I needed to speed up was quite an eye-opener.
It was also a horrible, horrible temptation. I mean, there I was on a high-powered, extremely nimble machine surrounded by slow moving obstacles. Do you have any idea how hard it is to behave in that situation?
Let's just say, "next to impossible."