I have been "browsing" and test riding road bikes for the past month or so and have ridden some nice bikes. Bikes from around 700.00 to 1,500.00 have been included in my test riding. Having logged quite a few miles on my "flat bar" Sirrus, I have become quite familiar with the selection of chainrings and gears using the rapid fire Shimano shifters. Pretty easy. 1,2,3 on the left and 1-8 on the right. When one starts using "brifters" are these selections just done by "feel"? Obviously there is no numbering system that you can glance at. I figure I am not the only one who has ever wanted to ask this question. I realize it isn't too difficult to glance down and check your chainring. Perhaps I am making this too complicated. It's just something I don't want to walk into a lbs and ask.