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How to increase speed in non-gear bicycle

While riding your bicycle,you might find it hard to accelerate. You may feel like pedalling at the same rhythm. At these times,it is good to raise your back a few inches from the seat and pedal. This reduces the gravitational concentration near your seat and the pressure from the weight of your body on pedals will increase. Now you can pedal faster with ease.

Note:Since raising from seat and pedalling cycle makes way for more energy burn,you might get tired soon. Alternate this method with usual cycling to go faster in cycle.

Warning: Chances are your leg might slip pedal and you may hit the bar or seat. Remain careful while pedalling as i said. Avoid this method when your feet is slippery.

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1) The big ring and right side of the cassette in back are for speed.

2) The small ring and the left side of the cassette are for high torque, lower speed

3) The middle ring works with all rear cogs.

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