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19 Oct 2013

Tips in Bicycle Gear Shifting: Important Terms to Remember

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Anticipation is the key to smooth bicycle gear shifting. If you wait to change gears until you feel your pedaling speed (or cadence) slows down, then you’ll already have lost your momentum. The point of having 10 or 20 gear is to be able to make each shift the smallest possible change in bicycle gearing.

Bicycle Gear Shifting

Bicycle Gear Shifting

To help you understand bicycle gear shifting better, here are two terms commonly used:


The terms used in bicycle gear shifting can be a bit confusing. Upshifting is the term used when a rider wants to accelerate. It is shifting into a smaller cog on the back wheel, which generates greater speed if the rider maintains the same cadence.


Downshifting is the term used when a rider wants to decelerate. It is shifting into a larger cog, meaning less effort, and less speed, at a certain cadence. Downshifting is what a rider does when he gets to the start of an ascend.

Below are some bicycle gear shifting tips to remember:

When you’re upshifting, shift only 1 cog at a time, and wait until you spun out of that gear before you shift again. The shifter for the rear derailleur (if your bicycle has derailleurs) is at your right hand.

When you’re downshifting, shift before you feel you’re losing momentum. Downshift as soon as you feel an increase in pitch.

Shift your chainrings (either down or up) any time there’s a significant change in the terrain. Reaching the base of a big climb or the start of a downhill are natural times to shift gears (from one chainring to another).  The shifter for your front derailleur is located at your left hand.

For those who find anticipation a tough one and just don’t get it right, they opt for a multiple geared bicycle that smoothly changes gears at any point when riding. In fact, a rider can shift gears with this type of bike even at a stop. So there’s no need for timing.

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17 Oct 2013

Gears: Single Speed VS Multi Speed Bicycles

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single speed bicycles

single speed bicycle

If you are a bit confused about single speed and multi speed bicycles, read on and get some helpful facts.

The obvious difference between single speed bicycles and multi speed bicycles is the gears. Single speed bicycles has only one gear setting. This means that the tension doesn’t change when a rider pedals. Multi speed bicycles, on the other hand, has at least three gear setting. Some even go as high as 27 speeds.

It is really up to the person what type of bicycle they feel more comfortable riding. If you are riding for exercise or fun, then a single speed bicycle is perfect for you. Single speed bicycles are also more reliable and sturdy. They have lower repair and maintenance compared to multi speed bicycles. With a single geared bike, you’re not changing gears and your chain will hold up longer. It’s easier and quicker to pedal than with multi speeds.

multi speed bicycles

multi speed bicycle

But single speed bicycles are less versatile, also generally more difficult to ride uphill. The rider would have no choice but to power his way up a hill, making him too exhausted. A single speed takes a lot of his energy and it will take a toll on his knees overtime. With single speed bicycles, speed is limited; and a rider can easily max out his speed as the pedals can only turn so fast.

With multi speed bicycles, a rider can choose the gear ratio that will make the most efficient use of his energy. He can get the maximum possible distance and/or speed with the minimum effort. A rider has the option to change speeds, allowing him to go up a hill a lot easier than with single speed bicycles.

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15 Oct 2013

Understanding Bicycle Gear Shifting

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Bicycle gear shifting may be quite confusing for some. But it’s actually pretty simple. You just have to learn the basics and practice the skill. Here are facts, tips, and guidelines to help you better understand bicycle gear shifting.


bicycle gear shifting

Bicycle Gear Shifting

Every rider has an ideal pedaling speed or cadence, as well as an ideal amount of resistance from the pedals. When you’re pedaling at your own ideal cadence, you’re giving out the greatest amount of power that you’re able to maintain efficiently. You choose your cadence by changing gears.  The gear needed for you to get your “ideal” cadence depends on the road’s slope, the condition of the wind, and your own condition at a specific time.

High or Low Gear?

A higher gear puts more resistance on your pedals. If you use a gear that’s too high for the conditions, you will be forced to go in a slower cadence.  Pedaling slower than your ideal cadence is just a waste of your precious energy. Also, you’ll be in a higher risk of joint damage and muscle strains, specifically to your hips and knees.

A lower gear makes your pedals easy to turn, making spinning to a fast cadence easier. Pedaling faster than your ideal cadence enables you to generate an extra boost of speed. However, you’ll tire yourself out too soon if you attempt to keep an extremely fast cadence.

The key to efficient bicycle gear shifting is timing. If you start to approach a hill or a stop, downshift your gears. Never change gears when you’re bike is on full stop. But there are advanced multiple geared bicycles that allows bicycle gear shifting even when the bike is stationery.

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12 Oct 2013

Amazing Weight Loss Success Story: “If you don’t lose weight, you won’t see your kids graduate”

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Read Scott’s amazing and inspiring weight loss success story, and discover what motivated him to lose weight and how he did it!

“My doctor told me, ‘If you don’t get off your tail and lose weight, you won’t see your kids graduate,’” Scott Trombley said. At 46, he weighed 320 pounds because of a bad eating habit that replaced a nicotine habit.

“To say I was a mess was an understatement,” he said. He had a coronary-artery disease and three stents in his heart. He had also entered the early stages of diabetes.

He tried to lose weight. He dieted, took walks, and when he could tolerate his aching knee, he jogged. He did all of them with no avail.

weight loss success storyIn a car after getting his third stent, he saw some cyclists on the road. “I wish I could do that,” he told his wife. Then his wife replied, “Why not do it?”

Those four words became his motto over the next few years.

He bought a bike, a pair of shorts, and an XXL jersey. “I looked like an overfilled sausage casing,” he described. Nonetheless, he headed out for the first ride of his new life with high hopes and determination. He bravely faced any possible humiliation or discrimination because he knew it will be all worth it. He knew that he had to work and fight for his life and for his family.

Scott began cycling every day. He began with just a few miles. He had tough times riding at first. But his strong desire to be healthier and live longer made him endure all the physical pain and hardships, as well as all the emotional struggles. After two weeks, he conquered 10, then 15, and then 20 miles. He fell in love with biking and it became his new addiction. He had discovered that it was way better than any energy booster or substances, for that matter.

He rode the seven-mile trek to work. On Saturdays, he rode with a cycling group and competed against his own times. After eight months, he’d ridden a total of 4,000 miles.

weight loss success storyHe’s successfully ridden 100 miles in a single clip. His next challenge is a 200-mile trek. It’s a ride that will prepare him for his ultimate goal — to cycle across America. A man who rode across North Carolina at 65 told him, “If you can ride across the state, you can ride across the country.” Then Scott thought, “Why not do it?”

Since he was first focused on riding, he didn’t pay attention to the fact that he was actually changing his shape. “I had such a good time on a bike, I didn’t realize the side effect — I was losing weight.” Now, he’s lost a total of 105 pounds. His blood pressure has significantly reduced, as well as his cholesterol meds. “I feel better than I have in years,” he said. He’s healthier, more active and much more energetic–no more catching breaths after a few steps around the house, no more heart burns or painful knees, no more long idle hours on the couch in front of the TV– he’s discovered a better and healthier activity! Overall, he’s more alive, happy, and fulfilled than he ever remembers being.

For Scott, rediscovering biking not only led to significant weight loss, but a whole new take on life. And that makes him a happy man.

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10 Oct 2013

What Are Bicycle Gears?

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Bicycle Gears

Almost all people starts learning to ride a bicycle that has only one gear on it. These single-speed bicycles are what kids ride to and from school. Once kids begin to get into their teenage years, and for the wide majority of adults, the single-speed bike simply doesn’t do the job anymore.

This is why bicycles with more than one gears are the norm. Though many people have a multiple-gear bicycle, most don’t really know how they work. Many don’t know how to use them properly without getting that terrible, grinding sound. This guide gives an overview about what gears are and how to use them.

What are Bicycle Gears?

If you take a look at a bicycle with gears, you’ll notice that there are multiple sprockets in both the rear and front of the bike. These sprockets are the bicycle gears. Multiplying the number or sprockets in back by the number of sprockets in the front gives you the total number of gears that a bike has. For example, a common setup is to have five sprockets in the rear of the bicycle and two in the front. Multiplying two by five together equals 10. This is the common 10-gear bicycle that almost everyone has ridden at some point.

The smaller the sprocket, the easier it is for the rider to pedal. Shifting through the bicycle gears is accomplished through 2 mechanisms, the gear shift and the derailleur. The rider operates the gear shift, which operates the derailleur, which moves the bike chain around the sprockets. Often, the gear on the left will operate the front derailleur, and the gear on the right will operate the back derailleur.

Shifts on bicycle gears are typically numbered. This is to let riders which gear of the bicycle the shifter is set on. The smaller the number, the smaller the sprocket is, and the easier for the rider to pedal.

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8 Oct 2013

Tips on Gear Shifting on a Bicycle

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Here are some tips on gear shifting  on a bicycle:

  • gear shifting on a bicycleTo ride smoothly on and more comfortably off-road, use slightly larger gears. This will enable you to support more of your weight on your pedals and get some off your bike seat, which allows “floating” over rather than pounding into roots, ruts, and other rough objects.
  • Gear shifting on a bicycle works best when you apply only light pedal pressure.
  • When riding uphill, shift before the climb gets too steep and do not stomp on your pedals until the shift has taken place.
  • Change gear whenever you feel that your pedaling gets either too hard or too easy.
  • When you feel that it’s time to shift, use your right shift lever for small adjustments in your pedal effort and use your left level for major changes in how easy or hard it is to pedal.
  • Anticipate shifts. It’s both bad for your bicycle and difficult for you to shift gears when you’re pushing your pedals very hard. So make it a habit to downshift into an easier gear as you begin to approach a big hill or come to a stop. Do not try to change gears when you’re stopped. Bicycles with traditional gearing are designed to be shifted when pedals are moving. However there are modern multi-geared bicycles which allow gear shifting anytime during a ride, whether or not the pedals are moving.
  • Avoid cross-chaining. It is hard on your sprockets and your chain to be at extreme angles. So to avoid this, remember, no shifting gears on a bicycle to a spot where it is on the smallest ring in the front and smallest gear in the back, or vice versa, on the big ring in both rear and front. The put your chain on opposite extreme ends of the spectrum. And if you find yourself in this type of situation, that is a good sign that it is time for a big front gear shift. This helps bring things back in sync.
Do not be afraid to change gears. Regular and proper gear shifting on a bicycle will help you save energy on your rides and make you feel a lot better. For easy-to-use, multi-speed bicycles, visit Zize Bikes, the maker of custom, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody, including bicycles for heavy people which can support weight up to 550 pounds.



5 Oct 2013

Bicycle Gear Shifting: What Does The Front Gear Do?

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Most geared bicycles have two or three  big ones in front. Located by the pedals, these are commonly known as the chain rings. And you actually don’t use them very much at all. Especially when you’re just starting to ride, you do not worry about shifting the front gears at all. Most experienced riders will ride using one gear and stay in it perhaps majority of the time; and you will be just fine in choosing one and sticking with it.

bicycle gear shiftingThis is because the big front gears are for making major shifts in the overall range of the gears. For example, the smallest chain ring in front will give you the easiest pedaling. So if you expect a lot of hills, you will probably want to ride mainly using the front small chain ring, and going most of the actual bicycle gear shifting in your back gears.

If you expect a lot of down hills or flat terrains, the front larger chain ring will serve you better. It will enable you to ride faster by giving higher gears for you to use, when your bicycle is already going fast enough that you can keep your pedals going without the kind of effort it requires if you were ascending or going slower.

Again, the basic to bicycle gear shifting using the front gears is to choose one and generally stay there. Your adjustments must be continuous, smaller shifting through the rear gears. You’ll only change gears between the front chain rings if the range of gearing in the rear, where most bicycle gear shifting takes place, isn’t enabling you to do what you need to do either cycle uphill easily or pedals fast enough downhill to keep driving the pedals.

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3 Oct 2013

Bicycle Gear Shifting: What Does The Rear or Back Gear Do?

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Bicycle gear shifting may be a bit complicated to some or most riders. And the fact that some bikes have back and front gears, made the matter made more complicated. This blog post tackles important concerns about the rear and front gears of bicycles:

Shifting Bike’s Rear Gears

bicycle gear shiftingMost geared bicycles have 5 t0 9  gears in the back. We’re talking about the rear gears first because they’re the most vital to riders and where most bicycle gear shifting takes place. The shifter for the rear gears is often at the right hand. Make it a habit to use these first.

The shifter on the left hand changes the front chainrings, which is for major shifting that does not occur often; but the back sprockets are what you use almost always for tiny adjustment as you ride along. It is just common to make a number of shifts over several hundred yards as the road goes up and down.

In the rear, the biggest sprocket, the one closest to the inside of the wheel, generates your easiest pedaling. The smallest sprocket on the back wheel, the one at the outermost, enables you to ride fastest. However, pedaling is not going to be easy, unless you are already moving pretty good.

The key to efficient bicycle gear shifting is to shift when you feel that your pedaling is becoming more difficult or easier as it happens. You do this so you can maintain a smooth and comfortable pedaling spot.

Imagine this: the pedaling starts to get a little harder because of a tiny rise in your path, and you instantly shift into an easier gear to keep your cadence, or your pedaling rhythm. Or, the terrain starts to get flat and even and then go downhill in front of you, and your pace increases, so you quickly shift into a higher gear, and enable yourself to ride even faster with the same amount of effort.

When you’re starting to do all of these without even thinking about it, then you have gotten the hang of bicycle gear shifting.

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1 Oct 2013

Bicycle Gear Shifting: Why Bikes Have Gears?

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Knowing how and when to change the gears on your bicycle isn’t one of the things that’s instantly innate to most riders.  It seems like it’s a simple thing to do, but somehow it becomes more complicated; and a lot of people new to bicycle gear shifting feel frustrated the first few times as they shift into a much easier or harder gear than what they really need or wanted.

bicycle gear shiftingThe actual bicycle gear shifting (the clicking from one gear to the next) is not at all difficult. It is simply a matter of getting the feel for going down or up in the range of gears. The good news is that the skill of shifting gears smoothly is about 80% practice and 20% understanding what’s going on. In no time, you will be shifting like a professional rider, smoothly shifting gears without even thinking about it.

So why bicycles have gears? What does bicycle gear shifting do? 

Bicycles have gears to maintain your speed and to have a steady level of effort, whether you are going uphill or downhill. Your speed or cadence may change, but with your gears, you can ascend without killing yourself; and go fast on a descent while your pedaling still pushing your bicycle forward and not simply twirling ineffectively.

This is how it works. If you only ride on flat level road at a constant pace, you won’t need gears at all. But the world is certainly not flat, and there are hills that we need to conquer when we ride. Bicycle gear shifting allows you to keep pedaling comfortably, regardless of the incline. However, easier pedaling on an ascend means riding slower. And to ride fast down a hill, use a gear that’s higher than you normally use to ride on flat road or to start out. In both instances, your pedaling effort feels just about the same. This is because the gear system makes adjustments to enable you to either ride faster or climb easier than you would if your bike had only one gear.

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28 Sep 2013

Biking Skills: Cycling Uphill Tips For a More Efficient Ride

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Biking Skills — Climbing

Unlike other aspects of biking, climbing uphill successfully is considered by most people to be almost 100% dependent on natural ability and fitness. But in reality, ascending is a much more complicated and subtle biking skill that involves not just fitness, but psychology and strategy.

Here are some biking skills you should take note of in order to conquer that hill:

Keep a higher cadence on a climb, as it is more effective and efficient than pushing a big gear at a lower cadence.  A low cadence will emphasize your muscular system that gets tired easily and quickly and takes days to recover. On the other hand, a higher cadence puts emphasis on the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems which have greater endurance and faster recovery.

It’s not enough to just shift into your smallest gear and try to spin up the next ascend. Your body requires time to adapt. One of the most effective and important workouts riders can do to improve their biking skills, particularly in climbing, is the high-spin interval.

There are other types of leg-speed drills, such as rev-us, but the high-sin interval is the safest and most effective. Here is how to do it:

Look for a flat road and try to pedal at 120 revolutions per minutes (rpm) for 10 minutes. Try to do it without stopping. There should be only very little resistance on the pedals. Practice this once or twice a week, adding 5 to 10 minutes each week. Overtime, you can build up to a complete hour.

At first, you’ll find yourself bouncing around in your saddle and you may even experience saddle irritations and cramping. But as your muscle memory develops, you will ride smoother and more efficient.

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