HOW TO SHIFT GEARS ON A 5-SPEED
July 17, 2006
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I bought a used 5-speed bike
at a sale and LOVE itbut I never have properly been
taught how to use a multi-speed bike. Does it matter if
you're pedaling forward or backward as you change speeds?
There is the speed changer on the
right handle and another lever just like it, only without
the numbers, on the left handle. What is this for?
Thanks for having this Web site
as I also have squeaking brakes and enjoyed reading remedies
If you liked the squeak remedies
you will LOVE the stuck-handlebar
Repeat after Mr Bike: I will
never, ever pedal backward while shifting gears. You
should pedal forward, but with very little pressure on the
pedalsjust enough to make them go around. You can
stop pedaling after you hear and feel the chain finish moving
to another gear. Find illustrated, detailed instructions
in my book.
Hm, a 5-speed should have only one
shift lever. Either (a) you really have a 10-speed and that
left-hand lever shifts the front gears, or (b) a previous
owner removed the front gear-changer but left the lever
on, tho it does nothing. To learn which, try moving that
left lever while pedaling. If the chain moves to a different
gear at the front (by the pedals), you have a 10-speed.