Bikes are designed with multiple gears to make climbing hills much easier and so that a rider can move faster on level grounds.
This article will show you how to use your gears correctly to your riding benefits.
In the first place, you should see gears in the context of speeds. Thus a bike with 24 gears is a 24-speed bike.
Generally bikes are designed to have 1, 3, 18, 21, 24, or 27 speeds. Though we used to have 10 and 15 speeds in the past, you can’t find them on new bikes any longer.
The ones with lesser numbers are the ones with lower gears, and those with higher numbers are the ones with high gears. Meaning the 1st gear is a low gear while the 18th gear is much a higher gear. This is easy to understand, like ABC, right?
Terms like shifting and downshifting and upshifting:
Shifting gears means moving from one gear to another gear and then downshifting means moving to a much lower gear, while upshifting means going to a higher gear. You can also use the terms shift down and shift up in this context.
How to tell what numbers your bike gears are?
If your bike has 3 speeds then knowing the number of gears apart is simple, since there’s only one shifter which will be labeled 1-2-3. However, if your bike has 10 or more speeds, this may just be a little bit trickier, since you have 2 shifters in this scenario. Practically – if you have an 18 speed bike, the left shifter will have the 1-2-3 label, while the right shifter will have the 1-2-3-4-5-6 labeling, meaning for every number on the left shifter, you get 6 diverse speeds on the right shifter, for a sum of 18.
Knowing the above is essential and we can now further look into how to utilize these gears.
Easy to use:
With your bike shifting gears provision,
If you’re moving uphill and it’s too demanding to attain, simply shift down.
And if your legs are spinning the pedals way too quick making it too free and “easy”, simply shift up.
This means that if you are on a 3 speed bike, going up a hill, and abruptly your legs just can’t spin the pedals as quick as you want it, as you are only barely turning the pedals, with difficulty making any heads way; solution is to downshift to first gear.
And then on the other hand, riding from the hill downwards, you may recognize that there’s no resistance within the pedals with fast spinning moving you nowhere; solution is upshift back to two, and if yet so easy, simply upshift to 3.
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