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Re: Should I buy a new hybrid bike ?

05 September, 2011 10:38PM
Hi Sarah,

It may be cheaper to get mudguards and carrier at point of sale, since the shop might fit them for free at that stage, but might charge for labour if fitted at some later time (depends on shop).

Many bikes nowadays have lots of gears; the online spec for a Trek 7.3 indicates that it has 24 gears.

There should be two gear shifters, one for your left hand numbered 1 to 3 and one for your right hand numbered 1 to 8. Gear shifters may be a twist grip which you twist to change gears or they may have two levers on each shifter - push or pull one lever to change to a higher gear and the other lever to change to a lower gear (remember the gears will only change if you are pedalling the bike). The lowest possible gear will be when both shifters are at 1. The highest possible gear will be when the left shifter is at 3 and the right shifter is at 8. The second highest gear is 1 and 7.

On a flat area, preferably without any cars around (try a local park), start off using a medium gear (possibly 2 and 4) and gradually increase your speed and change to higher gears (2 to 3, then 4 to 5 to 6 ...). If you can't pedal on the flat in the second highest gear then the gears are probably too high for you.

'Chainrings' are the big gear wheels/sprockets by the pedals. The mystic chainring numbers I mentioned earlier are the number of teeth on the three chainrings, with 28-38-48 being the standard sizes which come with the bike. By making these chainrings smaller (fewer teeth) you can make all the gears on the bike lower and easier to pedal.

Hope this helps.

- Murray
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