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Is my bike single speed or multi speed?

Old 10-12-17, 04:54 PM
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Is my bike single speed or multi speed?

Let me preface by saying I'm a complete bike newbie. I just bought a bike off Craigslist and I'm trying to figure it out.

In the first picture is a derailleur, right? Isn't that for multi-speed bikes? As far as I can tell, my bike is single-speed.

And in the second picture, what is the purpose of the two lever-looking things right underneath the handlebar?

I have more questions, but I'll start with those.
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Old 10-12-17, 05:00 PM
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Multi probably 10 speed and the thingys are shifters. Have you ridden a 10 speed before?
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Oh my goodness.
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What you have is a 10 speeds bicycle .yes the things on the stems are shifters . if all is working well when you move the shifters they move the derailleurs which move the chain from one gear to he next as you pedal the bike . and yes you do have derailleurs . If it not working right them the cables and housing may need replacing or at lease adjustments might need to be done .
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Old 10-12-17, 07:29 PM
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Yes, you have a multi speed bike. Don't feel embarrassed about not knowing anything about it, there are tons of people who don't know what gears are or how to use them.

Here's a video on how to operate your gears, and
basic maintenance.

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