The last bike I rode had no gears and a big banana seat with a sissy bar.
Can someone explain how shifting gears work. I test rode a few bikes last weekend. On the right handle were 8 gears. On the left handle were 3 gears. The salesperson told me to try and not use the left handle gears.
All I know is that when I shift to 2 on the right side it is a good ride. If I shift to 3 or 4 it takes more effort to pedal. If I shift to 1 it dosen't even seem like I'm pedalling anyhing as I don't even feel the chain moving.
So what do all these gears do? Why shouldn't I use the left side gears? And when and in what circumstances should I switch gears. And when I'm shifting gears what is the proper way of doing it? Should I be pedalling forward or backward when shifting.
All help would be appreciated. Thanks.