I have a Schlumpf hub in my 29" KH muni. I only briefly tried it out in high gear last year and I’m just now starting to ride again. My goal is to cover a long distance (not necessarily speed) to get in to some of the shorter bike events and work my way up.
A few things I could use advice on.
How do you shift gears in more detail? I’m sure you’re supposed to kick it with your heel in some way, but is there an easy method? Do I just need to wiggle my heel in closer and wait for a full rotation?
What was your experience like when you first began to ride in high gear and what challenges do you think you had to overcome? When I tried last year, I decided that I need to just mount it and go while it’s already in high gear. Ideally I should have tried while pushing off of something, but I was on a trail when I decided to try it out. It was a pretty awkward feeling since I had to push harder to get moving and I noticed my speed was very unstable. When I felt I needed to slow down, it was just impossible to back pedal in that gear. I’m assuming a lot of that just takes getting used to it and training your muscles.
My previous story led me to a couple more questions. How do you all slow down? Do you guys downshift before dismounting? Is downshifting dangerous?
Pretty much looking for a Schlumpf beginners guide here.