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Bicycles usually have 1, 3, 18, 21, 24 or 27 gears. There used to be bikes with 10 and 15 gears but this are old and bike manufacturers do not manufacture them anymore.

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I have a classic ss men's Schwann that I would like to convert to a geared bike. How do I go about getting parts to do this. Can it be done?

I am not familiar with the type of bicycle but I assume the bike is currently a fixed wheel type - the type sometimes described as an ash track racer?

The problem when converting will be keeping the frame geometry correct while bending the rear forks to accommodate the wider axle of the wheel with a deraillier gear. It is necessary for the chain wheel to align exactly with the middle sprocket of the cluster.

The best option would probably be to fit a two, three or four speed hub.

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How do the gears work

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    The more gears the better the bicycles?

    Not Necessarily... If you are not a professional athlete then the number of gears you have does not really matter. What matters is the range of the gears. You need low enough gears for going up hills and high enough gears for inclines.

    Jan 17, 2013 | Cycling

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    My shimano ultegra left shifter is super stiff/hard to push in; what is going on?

    Try flushing out the shifter(s) with WD-40, use plenty. The next step will be replacing the shift cables and cable housings.
    • Take the bicycle in an area free of cars and obstacles, such as an open parking lot. Concentration is required when learning to use Ultegra shifters or any other type of bicycle shifter.
    • 2 Mount the bicycle and rest both hands on the proper Ultegra hand control. The left-hand control operates the front derailleur. The right-hand control operates the rear derailleur.
    • 3 Start pedaling, smoothly and evenly. While pedaling is crucial to propelling the bicycle forward, it is also necessary when shifting the derailleur. Pedaling forces the chain to rotate. The chain must rotate before it can transfer to another gear.
    • 4 Push the outside right Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The rear derailleur will shift the chain to a smaller rear gear.
    • 5 Push the inside right Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The rear derailleur will shift the chain to a larger rear gear.
    Rear Ultegra Derailleur Control
    • 1 Push the outside left Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The front derailleur will shift the chain to larger front gear.
    • 2 Push the inside left Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The front derailleur will shift the chain to a smaller front gear.
    • 3 Use the front and rear Ultregra hand controls interchangeably. For small changes in gearing, using the rear control. For larger changes, choose the front control. A smaller gear causes the bicycle to travel a shorter distance per pedal stroke but also requires less energy to use. A larger gear requires greater effort but in turn causes the bicycle to travel farther per pedal stroke.

    Oct 25, 2011 | Cycling

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    What does each gear mean, ie.: is gear 1 for hills, etc. what do I do if chain comes off? If I need a part, where do I go to get it?

    1. The ratio of the driving gear to the driven gear is the gear ratio. Lower ratios give higher torque; higher ratios give higher speed. You can't have both.

    Search engine "how do gears work on a bicycle"; "what do I do if chain comes off"; "how to shift a bicycle". Many videos and resources.

    2. Bicycle shops, eBay, online Search Engines

    Jul 11, 2011 | Cycling

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    How do I operate the 8 gears on my bicycle as I have no instruction manual ? Please advise. My bicycle is a "Carolina Free Spirit". Thanks

    Google bicycle shifting technique, for example:

    The basics of shifting are these:

    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.

    Avoid crossing left front to right rear and vice-cersa. It cause excess side loads on the chain.

    Mar 07, 2011 | Cycling

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    What chain set type do I need for my Marin Hybrid Bicycle?

    SRAM and Shimano both make good quality chains. Try to use the same chain type as what was on your bike originally.Here are two good sites with helpful articles: and

    Oct 23, 2009 | Cycling

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    Shift Bicycle Gears

    To shift gear properly, while riding the bike you be sure you are turning the paddles, and shift the gear.
    Try to avoid shifting gears while riding standing up, this stress the gear system.

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