Do you pedal while shifting gears?
You must be pedaling when you change gears. That’s because the chain has to be moving in order for the derailleurs to “derail” the chain from sprocket to sprocket. If you click the shifters without pedaling, the gears won’t change until you do start pedaling, and when you do, you’ll hear some very disconcerting noises.
How many gears should I get on my bike?
For a daily commute, you may want to make sure you have at least 3 gears. Unless you’re on entirely flat terrain the entire way, you’ll want the option to shift up and down. You’re going to work, after all, you don’t want to show up sweatier than necessary.
What does a 9 speed bike mean?
When magazines and websites talk about a bike’s ‘speed’, it’s a reference to the number of sprockets. A bike with three chainrings and nine sprockets is 9-speed, even though it has 27 theoretical ratios. The higher the sprocket count, the more expensive, smoother shifting, and lighter weight the gears.