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    quick stupid question

    let me prelude this discussion by saying that my knowledge about bikes is very very low.

    I was just wondering what the knob on the left hand side of the bike does... (cause mine is broken). The gear shifting knob works fine, the one i'm refering to is on the opposite side of the handle bar hand has "H on top and L on the bottom".

    Help would be appreciated.

    thanks.

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    SOunds like the front shifter. Do you have more than one ring on your pedal cranks? If so, the left "knob" controls the front derailleur, which moves the chain from one chainring to the next.
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    My guess too. H would mean "High" and L "Low".

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    Good grief!

    Why try to answer questions as obtuse as this unless you like wasting your time?

    What's this knob for?

    Man oh man.

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    The nob might be a gear indicator.Is there a little pointer pointing to H or L?If so it is your gear indicator-tells you which front gear-ring-you are in.They aren't particularly useful, since most fols shift by feel.Luck,Charlie

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    You just wasted your time contributing absolutley nothing to the OP who admitted not knowing anything about a bike.
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    The left "knob" had a lever that should have looked like a duplicate of the right one and it broke off.(My daughter did exactly that) And it does what has been previously mentioned.

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    Hey, I looked at some pictures online and I'm pretty sure you guys are right when you said it was the frontshifter.

    The cable for it has snapped. Should i try to get it repaired or just leave it alone without much worry?

    (I'm taking a guess that its not much of a problem cause charlie said "They aren't particularly useful, since most fols shift by feel." ).

    thanks for all the help, i appreciate it.

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    If there are 3 chainrings on the cranks. The big one gives a high range of gears, and the smallest give a super low range of gears. If you dont meet any hills that require any lower gears than what you are using, just ride and enjoy.

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    if you haven't had a need to shift the gears up front during your riding I guess you don't really need to worry about it. OTOH, you could get the cable replaced for a couple bucks + labor.

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    If it is just a cable, get it fixed and then read up on shifting and gears. They really are useful sometimes! Someday you will want to go up a hill or go a little faster, and when that day comes you will be happy to have the know how.

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    The original poster can't figure out what the left side shifters are when he/she has the right side to compare to.

    There are almost infinite resources to go to but they come here.

    "What's this broken knob, it has an H and an L and it's kinda in the same place as the gear changer thingie that's on the other side?"

    Let's put our heads together and solve this puzzle and help this poor chap out of a jam.

    I say it's a waste of time answering questions like that. What's the OP going to do with the information provided? If they can't solve the maddening mystery by themselves a little help here will do them absolutely no good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noam Zane
    I say it's a waste of time answering questions like that. What's the OP going to do with the information provided? If they can't solve the maddening mystery by themselves a little help here will do them absolutely no good.
    The title of the thread is "Quick Stupid Question" so why did you bother opening it if you dont want to waste your time?

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    Noam has nothing better to do than fret over insignificant issues and then complains that he has nothing better to do, lol. Seems a little self destructive.

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    Arrogant fool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noam Zane
    The original poster can't figure out what the left side shifters are when he/she has the right side to compare to.

    There are almost infinite resources to go to but they come here.

    "What's this broken knob, it has an H and an L and it's kinda in the same place as the gear changer thingie that's on the other side?"

    Let's put our heads together and solve this puzzle and help this poor chap out of a jam.

    I say it's a waste of time answering questions like that. What's the OP going to do with the information provided? If they can't solve the maddening mystery by themselves a little help here will do them absolutely no good.

    OUCH! Dang, Noam Zane! Who pissed on your CHEERios this morning? Nasty nasty nasty. Why are you so mean? How is someone supposed to learn if they don't ask questions? Did you yourself automatically know everything about anything? If you did, then share your knowledge! We'd all love to learn from you!
    Why? Because asking an honest question is never a waste of time if someone is improving themself. Oh, but you already knew that - you know everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
    OUCH! Dang, Noam Zane! Who pissed on your CHEERios this morning? Nasty nasty nasty. Why are you so mean? How is someone supposed to learn if they don't ask questions? Did you yourself automatically know everything about anything? If you did, then share your knowledge! We'd all love to learn from you!
    Why? Because asking an honest question is never a waste of time if someone is improving themself. Oh, but you already knew that - you know everything.
    Hear, hear! When learning is involved, there is no such thing as a stupid question.

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    There are plenty of stupid questions when learning is involved.

    The original poster, after posting the QSQ, went online and while looking at pictures determined that the mystery part was the front shifter. Of course it's broken, it might even have a snapped cable.

    "Is that important?" Evidently someone in this thread told him these knobs aren't particularly useful since "most folks shift by feel". (Hey that's a way to shave some precious weight off your bike, toss this rather redundant system of levers and cables and just shift by feel.)

    Anyways, I knew I'd get the response I have. My complaint wasn't so much with the OP (there's nothing anyone here can do or say to help him, besides the advice to take his bike to a shop) as with the others who, rather anxious to find something in this forum they can weigh in on themselves, barrage this fool with information he has no hope of comprehending let alone actually putting to use.

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    So sayeth the lord, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noam Zane
    There are plenty of stupid questions when learning is involved.

    The original poster, after posting the QSQ, went online and while looking at pictures determined that the mystery part was the front shifter. Of course it's broken, it might even have a snapped cable.

    "Is that important?" Evidently someone in this thread told him these knobs aren't particularly useful since "most folks shift by feel". (Hey that's a way to shave some precious weight off your bike, toss this rather redundant system of levers and cables and just shift by feel.)

    Anyways, I knew I'd get the response I have. My complaint wasn't so much with the OP (there's nothing anyone here can do or say to help him, besides the advice to take his bike to a shop) as with the others who, rather anxious to find something in this forum they can weigh in on themselves, barrage this fool with information he has no hope of comprehending let alone actually putting to use.
    What a d**k...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noam Zane
    There are plenty of stupid questions when learning is involved.

    The original poster, after posting the QSQ, went online and while looking at pictures determined that the mystery part was the front shifter. Of course it's broken, it might even have a snapped cable.

    "Is that important?" Evidently someone in this thread told him these knobs aren't particularly useful since "most folks shift by feel". (Hey that's a way to shave some precious weight off your bike, toss this rather redundant system of levers and cables and just shift by feel.)

    Anyways, I knew I'd get the response I have. My complaint wasn't so much with the OP (there's nothing anyone here can do or say to help him, besides the advice to take his bike to a shop) as with the others who, rather anxious to find something in this forum they can weigh in on themselves, barrage this fool with information he has no hope of comprehending let alone actually putting to use.
    haha, thanks for the concern but I actually did find the information provided very helpful. The reason I couldn't find information about it at other websites online was because I did not know what the particular part was called and I couldn't find any diagram which explicitly labeled it, once someone mentioned "front shifter" I was able to look that up and figure out that it was indeed the part I was refering to.


    Anyways, I appreciate the responses and thanks for the help.

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    Despite how demeaning Noam Zane has been to iceanfire (and to those trying to help him), I see that the final closure to this has been handled with finesse. Good on you, iceanfire, to not try to raise yourself above someone who obviously is not as classy as you.
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