How to Shift – How to Change Gears on Your Bike

What are all those gears for? If you’re new to biking, you may be confused by the number of gears (cogs on the cassette and two to three chain rings up front). Learning to use those gears efficiently takes some practice but will make your ride smoother and easier. You’ll be able to travel farther with less fatigue.

On the other hand, some guys like to show how tough they are by riding a single-speed. That’s fine on flats and small rollers like the Clarkston Green Belt but it also means anticipating those steeper pitches by pedalling hardto build up momentum for the climb.

With gears, you can keep your pedalling fairly even (85-100 rpm) and spin right up. Your choice.–Corrie


Knowing when and how to change the gears on your bike is not one of those things that is immediately intuitive to most people. It seems like it should be simple to do, but somehow it ends up more complicated than that and many riders new to a geared bike feel frustration the first few times as they invariably shift into a much harder (or easier) gear than the one they really wanted.

via How to Shift – How to Change Gears on Your Bike.

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