Understanding your bicycle gears is simple. Push the lever one way to make it easier to pedal, and the other to go faster. choosing the right gears to put on your bike can be much harder. Most of us just end up riding the gears that came with our bikes, but if you don’t think about swapping out for different surfaces, you might end up making gears much more difficult than they need to be.Knowing about gear ratios you want to use for doing bicycle races and ultra-distance cycling is important as it will make your rides comfortable, because you will be more familiar with your bike than.Gears should be available that are comfortable to pedal in all situations including climbing. It should be low enough so the riders won’t tire out quickly or injure themselves.
The front gears are referred to as chain rings . The whole group with the arms and the front gears together is known as the crank set. Crank sets have either two or three chain rings, single chain rings are useful in mountain bikers. On the crank set, the smallest chainring is closest to the frame. The smaller the chain ring, the easier the pedaling.
The gears on the rear wheel are called cogs and when you put a few of them together and attach them onto your back wheel, they are referred to as a cassette. The largest cogs are closest to the wheel and the gears are numbered from the inside out. The larger the cog the lower the gear and the easier it will be to pedal but the slower you will go
Here are three final gear maintenance tips to take with you on your next ride.
Things you need to know for your bicycle gear maintenance