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Mountain Biking Safety : How to Shift Gears on a Mountain Bike

Mountain Biking Safety : How to Shift Gears on a Mountain Bike


Mountain bikes these days have a lot of gears
it really helps you cover a lot of distance you know go real fast down hill and get up
a real big steep hill. But with so many gears come confusion and sometime with so many options
so I’m going to try to talk about how your shifters work and then a little later we’ll
talk about why you need to shift. This is probably the most common shift you seen now
which is called the trigger shifter you have paddles that change the gears. So the bigger
paddle usually adds tension to the shift cable which runs down here. So your right side is
your rear shifter your left side is your front shifter and that usually easy to remember
because that’s the way people usually set up there brakes, with there back brake to
the right, the front brake to the left. So if I push the big silver paddle on this trigger
shifter if increases tension down there and you see when I pick up the bike and shift,
it changes gears, so when I hit the black lever here the small lever that releases tension
I hit it 2 times so it moves down 2 gears, pretty simple. Front shifters same sort of
thing except they usually don’t have as quit as many positions. This bicycle here has 2
chain rings up front most mountain bikes have 3, 2 is becoming more popular but so I want
to get a harder gear, bigger gear up front. So I push this big lever and eventually it’s
going to shift up. The other type of shifters that we still see pretty commonly today are
twist shifters, so there sort of a motorcycle throttle. So if I take this, this is my right
shifter, my rear shifter, this is my front shifter, to shift this I twist it backwards
to get an easier gear, twist it forward to get a harder gear, and when I rotate the front
shifter backwards pulls on the chain, moving the dueler up and out into a harder gear.
Shifting can be confusing because you know do I put the bike in a harder gear, do I put
the bike in a easier gear and what shifter does what. The thing to remember is here on
the back of your bike the smaller the cog is the less number of teeth, the more distance
per revolution of the cranks you get the harder your gear as you move up it gets easier. On
the front is the exact opposite just the way this pulley system works basically the bigger
chain ring here is for going faster, the smaller chain ring is for going slower. So that’s
the basics of what goes on when your shifting a mountain bike.

17 comments on “Mountain Biking Safety : How to Shift Gears on a Mountain Bike

  1. I HATE THESE STUPID COMMERCIALS. I'm going to find another video to watch that isn't loaded with commercials.

  2. sorry, not basic enough for me. I guess i just gotta get my new bike and start shifting. or maybe I'll watch more vid.'s and hope someone has a little more basic. Like going up a hill you wanna do this …..I dont want to mess up my new bike…which is coming in the mail this week!!!!!

  3. @MoonLight999777 but in 2008 there still was good quality cams cos my mum got sum old up cam and it got hd

  4. can i start a petition to kick expert village off youtube? Because they cant make a full video or a playlist to save their life.

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