Shifting (also called changing gears) is the secret to riding comfortably and efficiently whether you're climbing and descending, sailing along flat stretches with glorious tailwinds, pedaling purely for pleasure or going for glory. And today bicycles are easier, more efficient and more fun to shift than ever thanks to modern shift levers integrated into the brake levers (or right next to them). These amazing levers let you change gears almost as fast as the thought crosses your mind. And you never even need to move your hands from the handlebars!
|Shifting the right lever (see the 6 illustrations below) controls the rear derailleur and moves the chain onto the different cogs in the rear. Notice that there is one shift lever, the silver one tucked in behind the brake lever. You move this lever to shift and in only one direction, pushing it inward toward the center of the bike as follows:|
|When you're just riding along, your hand can rest on the top of the lever (called the "brake hood") or on the lower part of the handlebars. In both positions it's easy to reach and operate the shift lever.|
|When you feel like it's too hard to pedal and want to shift into an easier gear, push inward on the shift lever. A long push moves the rear derailleur, which in turn shifts the chain onto the next larger cog making it easier to pedal. The lever will click twice with each long push. Push the lever again to shift into an easier gear, and so on.|
|When you feel like it's too easy to pedal and you'd like a harder gear, push the shift lever inward again. But, this time use a short push, which moves the rear derailleur, which in turn shifts the chain onto the next smaller cog making it harder to pedal. The lever will click once. Repeat as needed.|
|Shifting the left lever (see the 6 illustrations below) controls the front derailleur and moves the chain onto the different chainrings. Notice that there is one shift lever, the silver one tucked in behind the brake lever. You move this lever to shift and in only one direction, pushing it inward toward the center of the bike as follows:|
|The left lever operates just like the right lever. Because there are only 2 chainrings, and they vary in size so much, the lever must be pushed a little further to complete a shift. Like the right lever, you can shift with your hand resting on the top of the lever and when you're on the lower part of the bars, too.|
|When you need to make it a lot harder to pedal (as you will when you crest a hill and start going a lot faster down the other side), you push inward on the shift lever. A long push shifts the chain onto the larger chainring making it a good bit harder to pedal. The lever will click twice.|
|When you need to make it a lot easier to pedal (as you will when you come to uphills), you push the lever inward again. But, this time you use a short push (one click). This shifts the chain onto the smaller chainring, which makes it a lot easier to pedal the bike.|
|That's all there is to it! Now, with a little practice you'll be shifting up a storm and having more fun than ever. Remember, if you have any questions about shifting or anything else cycling, just drop by. We're always happy to help! And, please keep in mind, that if your derailleurs are out of adjustment and your bicycle isn't shifting properly any more we're happy to help you with the problem and get your bike shifting like a champ again. Just let us know. Thanks!|
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