How To Change The Gears On Bicycle. Correct Shifting + SAVING POWER. SickBiker Tips.

How To Change The Gears On Bicycle. Correct Shifting + SAVING POWER. SickBiker Tips.

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50 Comments

  1. gilbert ochoa on June 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I knew I was doing it wrong for years.



  2. aswin aj on June 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I figured that out



  3. Rudy on June 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Is it normal that mine kinda makes a snapping sound when I change gears?



  4. stephen jorgensen on June 25, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    excellent video. i was concerned about changing gears in the front & back at the same time. i am glad that not only is it the right thing to do (when appropriate), but it also takes the load off the chain / drivetrain. thank you for the explanation / clarification!



  5. FTStratLP on June 25, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you so much, this way very informative. My shifting usually is by trial and error πŸ™‚



  6. Ken Webster on June 25, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Hi,
    Well, you asked for feedback. I suspect that the exact place for shifting probably depends on the setup you have. I have Shimano Ultegra 11-28 11sp on rear and FSA compact 34-50 on front with Ultrega shifting.

    This gives me the following gear increases:
    Gear FT RT % increase
    1-1 34 28
    1-2 34 25 112%
    1-3 34 23 109%
    1-4 34 21 110%
    1-5 34 19 111%
    1-6 34 17 112%
    1-7 34 15 113%
    1-8 34 14 108%
    2-5 50 19 108%
    2-6 50 17 112%
    2-7 50 15 113%
    2-8 50 14 107%
    2-9 50 13 108%
    2-10 50 12 108%
    2-11 50 11 109%

    If I was to change from 1-7 to 2-5, the increase would be 116%, the tallest change in the range and would require a rear shift of 2 cogs while the default max shift is 3 cogs. So, that would be an awkward shift to make.

    However, shifting 1-8 to 2-5 is half that increase 108% and is the default 3 cog max shift. Also, the next cog at 1-9 (34/13 = 2.62) is as close as it gets to the exact same ratio as 2-5 (50/19 = 2.63), making the range change from 1-8 to 2-5 just fit the natural progression of gearing. Also, the adjustment and clearances of the FD just work perfectly for shifting here. While this means 8 ratios for the low range and 7 for the high range which may seam odd, the fact that so many things work coincidentally to shift here makes me suspect it may well be the design intent despite that the front cogs align with 5 & 7 on the rear which on cursory inspection may lead to assuming a 1-7 to 2-5 shift.
    I guess you may need to go through that again carefully to get my drift.



  7. janet sers on June 25, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I haven’t switched my chainring in years. it’s so damn flat where I live



  8. Ish on June 25, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I’m so confused



  9. Yakarot Sennin on June 25, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks!!
    I’ve been cross chaining and switching under load fo years and wasn’t sure the most efficient way to shift gears. I’m getting a new chain and cassette for my mountain bike which I want to take better care of.



  10. Dido Didov on June 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Borring



  11. Anonimo on June 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I had and accident with my MTB and now I can only use the 2nd front ring out of 3, I usually use only 4th 5th and 6th gear at the rear so I think I’m doing good



  12. A very lazy gamer on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Thx bro!



  13. Mystifying Vlogs on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Lol when i shift i usually derail my bike



  14. bnbard on June 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Best explains ever



  15. tengamangapiu on June 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Just get Di2 and let it do all the shifting for you!



  16. abhay chauhan on June 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    SEE ABAHY CHAUHAN NAAH



  17. Josh Matthew on June 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    This is easy to understand but hard to accomplish.



  18. Pradeep Moonot on June 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    How to get most speed in gears



  19. just a random educated human on June 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Why is it so much more complicated than a manual transmission car ffs. It’s more difficult to understand than truck gears.



  20. Gaisiamlung Gangmei on June 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    This is so nice ……



  21. The G on June 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Perfect!



  22. Sushi Cidot on June 25, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    what gear I’m gonna use for uphill?



  23. Sriram Raagavan on June 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Good to know. we end up buying expensive bike but fail to learn the basics. keep posting good tips like this one



  24. Pandamast3r34 Jones on June 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    For 1×9 here ya go
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9



  25. shou arikawa on June 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    *now i know how to shift*



  26. Jerome Cordova on June 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    What combination going up hill?



  27. Dare Devil on June 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    The whole video was so unhelpful ! He is not showing the gear shifters on the handle HOW … WHEN … and WHICH ONE of LEFT AND RIGHT gear shifter he is using ???? Useless video to be honest !



  28. Jerry Seinfeld on June 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    This is a more detailed description of what gearing does in the realm of vehicles. In the case of a car with a manual transmission you have 3 basic components practically speaking, an engine, transmission, and wheels. All a transmission does is transmit power from the engine to the wheels that are desired to spin, and it does so by manipulating the limited amount of power an engine can produce. For instance, in a car your first gear is a "gear reduction" and all that means is that the engine spins a shaft and a small cog is attached to that shaft and it spins another cog on a seperate shaft. Both of the cogs/gears are touching but they are mounted on two separate shafts, one is attached to the engine basically and the other is attached to the wheels, the engine spins one shaft with cogs on it and depending on which gear ratio you select with the shifter determines which set of cogs you need to propel the car. The reason as to why gear reduction is used is because it has a lot of torque with all the mechanical advantage your transmission gives you in first gear, the downside to all that torque is that your engine will be spinning very fast and you won’t be moving very fast because when your engine spins up and it spins that small cog in the transmission to turn a larger cog, the smaller cog will turn several times before the larger cog spins a single time, because your engine is basically attached to the first shaft with the little cog it can spin a bunch (almost to the point of redline), and that little cog is making the bigger cog spin a seperate shaft you won’t be moving very fast in first gear. You will have boat loads of torque but very low amounts of speed because your engine is spinning super fast and creating a lot of power however your engine spinning fast is being used to deliver a higher amount of turning force (torque) at a lower total speed because a small cog spinning at 6000 RPM can’t turn a larger gear faster than 6000 RPM but it can make it turn with more force. So as you decide you want to go faster you shift your selection of cogs into the higher and higher gear selections. When the cog that has power being directly driven to it starts becoming a similar size to the cog that it is trying to spin you begin to see an increase in total speed because each turn of the small cog will translate into a more similar amount of rotation. If your first cog is spinning 6000 RPM and your second cog is spinning at 7000 RPM you have a higher top speed than the very first example, it is still a gear reduction state however you have decreased the amount of reduction. When both cogs are the same size they will both turn the same amount, however because you have no real mechanical advantage at this point through gearing and both cogs are equally sized(called your drive ratio), your top speed is very high but your torque will suffer because every turn of the first cog is an equal turn of the second, and that’s why you can’t start a car and get it rolling in like 5th gear, and that’s why it’s hard to peddle in higher gears. You exchange top speed for torque in low gears and in high gears you exchange torque for top speed.

    In a bike your transmission is basically the shifters, chain and sprockets when you turn a small sprocket up front and a big sprocket in the back, you have a lot of torque. When you spin a big sprocket up front and a little sprocket in the back you have a lot of speed.

    The reason you can’t just keep adding gears to increase speed to infinity is because of aerodynamics and the science behind mechanical disadvantage. As you get rolling in a vehicle and you keep getting faster and faster sooner or later you don’t have enough torque to actually force your way through the wall of air you impact every second. Every engine and person has a set amount of power they can produce, a transmission or sprockets are simply used to manipulate that power to favor torque or speed. When you get into a gear that’s too high you essentially select a gear that produced very little torque with the power you created, higher gears are fine so long as you first overcome the resistance of the bikes inertia, friction, and air resistance.



  29. Uppala cycle compny on June 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Gud



  30. Rock the Casbah 21 on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Very clear description of the gears. At last I understand why I get that clunking noise and struggle to transition. Thank you.



  31. zepplin photography on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    If those dialikes cannot explain or provide a better gear changing technique then they are idiots or just plain hating stupid. There I said it.



  32. kunal apte on June 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    How many gears would recommend for a beginner on an MTB ?



  33. jspr cspr on June 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I now finally understand how to change gear wtf. This kind of explanation is what I’m looking for just need to spend a lot of time to practice. Thank you so much!!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™‹



  34. Mr. Virtual on June 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    My inyernet is rocket ..ooohhhhh hoooo



  35. Glenn Kenneth on June 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    "wide ratio of gears"
    26/36 XT WITH 11-46: hold mah beer



  36. ElpapaDeLosHelados91 on June 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Seeing that chain move is kind of hypnotic



  37. Optimistic Outreach on June 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    GREAT PRESENTATION…THANK YOU!



  38. Navjyot Deshmukh on June 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    What should be gears on uphill? Downhill? Flat surface?



  39. us gearbest on June 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm


  40. Clayton Horvat on June 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Yeah, I have a 3Γ—8 drivetrain on my commuter bicycle, front gear changing is ridiculous in my opinion. So many overlapping ratios, and such a huge change in ratios when you use the front derailleur, not to mention bad, high friction chain lines.



  41. Michael Werner on June 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Best gear change video for me..thanks. from Germany



  42. joe goldberg on June 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    What do you mean by load?



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  44. JFM JRKM on June 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Excellent video man! Makes perfect sense, learned alot. Always knew there had to be a proper way to shift and take out the lag, drag and overload on the drivetrain..and you nailed it…thanks again for a full on perfect instructional vid!! πŸ‘πŸ‘



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  46. Alana Weaver on June 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Ok if I’m going up a hill I use the lower gears or middle gears on the back and small gear on the front or larger gear on the front so I’m not using as much leg power verses riding on flat terrain ?



  47. steadfastcoward on June 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Nancy Reagan told me Just Say No To Shifting. Maybe a 2-speed kickback.



  48. The-blackbird15 on June 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    U r a fucking legend!!! I bought a professional bike for myself and I’ve been struggling with the bike whenever i press the pedal strongly. It makes the bike "hiccup?! Idk any other word that could describe it" which i mean that the chain gets off the machine so i have to stop and put the chain back on. Now i think i know how to deal with it. Thanks man!!!!



  49. T Mayberry on June 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Why would the life the drivetrain be shorter with a single chainring



  50. Aaron Fang Shenhao on June 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    New rider here, found this really informative. Always confused about how to change the gears on the peddles.