Understanding Bike Gears – How to Use It for Newbies
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Nowadays, almost all bikes whether a road bike, a mountain bike or a commuter bike comes with gears. As such, it is essential to understand how to operate those for a better ride.
You may be fortunate to know top-bottom of the functions of the gears as you are riding your bike for a long time, but not everybody did get that privilege as yours.
Therefore, this article is mainly dedicated to the newbies who are keen to learn the practical use of bike gears. So, let's begin without further ado!
The Basics of the Gears!
Gears are the mechanical wonders, which allow you to expedite the speed in a flat road or accelerate your ride while you are way up to a steep trail or climbing a mountain. All of these mechanisms is to reduce your effort, energy loss, and above all, to save your lung from a bursting.
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If you are entirely new to riding a bike, getting used to with the bike gears may take some time! New users usually take around 5 to 7 days on an average to get used to with the gears.
However, learning following tips, in no time, you will be able to treat yourself with a fast, smooth, and enjoyable ride!
Left and Right Gears!
Most of the bikes are equipped with two sets of gears. One is on the right side and another on the left. The front gear set located on the left side is the main gear and would allow you to change the gears significantly. It is also named chainrings.
The left gear shifter (also known as a lever) controls front derailleur, which changes the chain between these chainrings. The leaver on the right controls rear sprockets (also known as cogs) the derailleur together with a cassette that shifts the chain going up and down.
The Position of the Chain!
Be mindful that you will not be using the opposite (extreme) ends of the gears. Meaning that you need to avoid using the smallest cogs on the front and the back at the same time. The same rule applies for the largest cogs on the front and the back. This is because of these state or position place the chain at an angle that can cause it to deform and stretch.
You may not notice the problem immediately, but it can damage both the gears and chain over the time. As such, you would need to replace not only the chain, but cranksets, cogs or even the gear sets. Ultimately, it will lead you to make costly repairs.
Note for Hilly Areas!
While you will be approaching a hill, make sure that you start changing gears! Once you start climbing a mountain, your gears should make you comfortable riding yet you may need to peddle extra!
Otherwise, you might encounter hardness in peddling, getting off from the bike and walk the rest of the path to reach to the top!
If you change to the easiest gear and peddle, you might feel it easier to get up to your desired hills. The rule is switching gears to the right position at the right time to make you successful. With that said, it might need some practice to master!
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You might also find sideways while riding, if not all the time. If yes, these are there to help you out! So, take the benefit out of those!
You might feel extreme pressure to go up and unable to shift the gear properly. It is natural! If you find it is hard to keep peddling to climb up, then try to follow sideways or ride flatter. It will relieve your pressure allowing you to switch to a comfortable gear.
Left Shifter Refers to Big Changes and Right Shifter Means Fine Tuning!
You might know that the left shifter is due for significant changes while the right shifter does fine tuning! Well! Let's make it simpler to remember!
If you need to do big shifts in the gears, go for left liver and if you are after fine tuning, follow right lever. This is as simple as that!
The left lever will change the front gears, and the right lever will shift the rear gears. This is especially useful when you are about to go up to the hill. First, do the shifting of the gears and then do the fine tuning.
Hopefully, you will let not yourself forget this piece of tip for the rest of your life!
Be Gentle in Shifting!
It is always tempting to shift the gears at one go or the soonest possible time! However, this is totally a bad idea! It may jump off the chain completely out of the gears leading you to stop immediately, put the chain back to its position. Doing this, you are likely to get greasy and black fingers.
I believe, you would not love to put yourself in such a situation! So, be gentle with the gears and shifters gradually.
It will enable you to make sure that the chain is in the right place after each shifting. Also, note that gear systems produced by the different companies may respond differently and some may even sensitive to the quick shifting.
Practice Makes Perfect!
You probably heard the famous quote, "Practice makes a man perfect". So, why you are waiting for? Wouldn't you love to do necessary practice! I am sure, yes, you are! Reread the tips as mentioned above and make yourself comfortable in following those.
In conclusion, try to do practice all the given tips well until you know all by heart! If you are sincere, dedicated, and passionate about cycling, it should not take you two-three days or so.
Best of luck with your riding! Be safe and connected with us in having further tips! Also, do your thoughts to make our understanding rich. Happy cycling!