Well, first it is important to think more about your cadence (how fast you are pedaling) than about your gear. The goal is to try and maintain roughly the same cadence (70 - 80 RPM), changing gears when it becomes too hard / too easy to maintain it. You also have to pay attention to the trail so you can change gears BEFORE the terrain changes (goes uphill or downhill).c0sm0nautt said:I don't notice too much of a difference, if any, between the 3-8 setting and the 2-8 setting. When I have it in the 2-8 the gears are silent, but when its in the 3-8 setting I hear a clicking sound. Is this normal?
Also what is the standard gear for driving on flatland, and what do people usually use when going up hills? I was hitting a very steep hill the other day in the 1-8 setting and my front tire lifted off the ground and my bike almost flipped.
That said, let's talk about gears. Your left shifter controls shifting on the crank. Right shifter controls shifting in the cogs on the back wheel (the cassette). In the front, the smaller ring = easier to pedal. In the back, the bigger ring = easier to pedal.
Based on your descriptions, 1-8 = smallest ring in front, biggest ring in back. With me so far?