Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-31-06, 04:22 AM   #1
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Shifting Gears

Hello to the forum,

It has been a long time since i have cycled and i just bought me and my girlfriend mountain bikes with 21 gears. To make my question simple i will talk in simple terms so forgive me if i call a part something other than waht it is. I understand how gears work but my question is how do you know what gear you are in? I have a controler on the left handle grip that has 3 positions and on the right a controler that has 7 positions. I know that it should be a straight forward understanding but my owners manual is not making it sttraight forward. for instance, if the left controler is in gear 1 then the right controler shoul be shifting throught gears 1 through 7. As you switch to gear 2 on the left controler then you should be able to shift through gears 8 through 14.

This brings me to another question. What gear would you start in on a flat level surface?

Thanks for you inputs.
MSaffell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-06, 06:42 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Montreal
Bikes: Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
Posts: 6,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Most of the time you will want to be in gear 2 on the left, and do practically all your shifting with the right shifter. On the level it will probably be comfortable to start off in gear 3 on the right. When your feet feel like they are spinning too fast you shift up to 4 then 5. If you feel you are having to push hard on the pedals shift down to a lower gear. Gear 1 on the left is to get you up steep hills, and shifting from 2 to 1 on the left is the equivalent of shifting down 3 gears on the right, so the time to make the shift down on the left is when there is a sudden change of gradient. Sometimes when you shift down on the left you might want to shift up on the right to keep your feet spinning at a reasonable pace. You will only want to use 3 on the left when you have a strong tail wind pushing you along, or on a long downhill.
AndrewP is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:21 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.