I need help. I have just purchased a Specialized Dolce Elite. This is a nice bike designed for a woman. I am having trouble learning how to shift. I don't understand and can't picture what I am doing, and don't want to be looking down at the sprockets, rings, chains etc. I desperately need to see a manual or diagram of the particular bike I have and the levers (shifters that I have) so someone can tell me exactly how and what to do. At this point, I believe that the right shifters (which control the back gears) (a long silver one, i am to use to put me into "low gears" so I can climb a hill, or ease up on the pedaling as needed) and the little black button lever to go into high gear or when I am going down a hill.
then I believe that the left shifters (which control the front gears) I use just the opposite to do the same thing. I believe I use the little black button lever to shift further into high gear (but I don't know how many times I need to push on it, and the long silver one to go into the ultimate highest gear, but again don't know how many times to push on it.
I am having a problem with the chain flying off several times during a ride. Typically what I am doing is when I come to more difficult pedaling to climb I start off with clicking on the right long silver shifter until I max that out, then switch to the left little black button to go to even lower gears, but don't know how many times I can push that. Then when I try to flatten out or back down hill, I get confused and don't know where to start to shift. I usually start with the long left shifter and then go to the right black one. When I am going downhill do I need to get back into high gear by starting with the left long silver one or instead start going into high with the right little black button one?
I need step by step instructions on how to do this, as the chain keeps coming off.