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Old 12-30-08, 10:26 PM   #1
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Help With Chain and Gears

Hi guys new to this site, and I dont know if this is the right forum. But here goes. I've never had a mountain bike before, or used a bike with gears. I was given an 18 speed arashi Mountain bike and a bike trainer. I dont know how to use it when it comes to the gears. From what i've read on the net there is suppose to be 3 shifts on the left and 6 on the right so you can go from 1-18. But this bike has 6 shifts on both sides with the only labelling being H for high and L for Low. Now I was reading on bike tutor that the chain should be on the middle ring but I dont know how to put it there, and when I do it manually and start pedalling it has a tendency to pop back on to the small one.

so my questions are
1) how do I use the gears
2) how do I keep the chain on the middle ring

does it matter where my chain is in the back?

I appreciate any help in this matter.
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Old 12-30-08, 11:05 PM   #2
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There's still only 3 on the left...it just has several more detents for fine-tune (cheap shifting) over shifting if needed.

This is assuming it's a twist shifter.
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Old 12-31-08, 12:17 AM   #4
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You might want to take a quick look at www.sheldonbrown.com/gears.html
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