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Old 09-12-11, 03:50 PM
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how do i work the gears???

i just got a 21 speed mountain bike off my grandmothers friend and he mentioned he liked it in the certain gears he had on it. so im wondering how these gears work and is there a set gear for say just street riding?
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there is no "right" gear. no "set" gear. pedal the bike. if it's too difficult, go to an easier gear. if it's too easy, you are pedaling like crazy and not getting anywhere, go to a higher/more difficult gear.
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It's also possible that this friend knew much more about bikes than the OP is conveying & it's a single speed with a sprocket combo that the original owner thought was appropriate for however he used the bike. I know it's not the most likely scenario, but the way he described the info he was given makes it sound plausible to me. Why else would you bother telling someone about the gears you left it in?

And if this is the case--if there are only two spiky circles that the chain can wrap around--then leave it alone & just pedal.
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Grandmothers' friends are great resources for mountain bikes
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Originally Posted by samburger
It's also possible that this friend knew much more about bikes than the OP is conveying & it's a single speed with a sprocket combo that the original owner thought was appropriate for however he used the bike. I know it's not the most likely scenario, but the way he described the info he was given makes it sound plausible to me. Why else would you bother telling someone about the gears you left it in?

And if this is the case--if there are only two spiky circles that the chain can wrap around--then leave it alone & just pedal.
Maybe it's me, but when the OP indicated it was a 21 speed, I think that excluded single speed as an option.
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