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How can I tell the number of gears I have in my bike?

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You can also count the large chainring gears at the front, count the number of gear sprokets on the back, and multiply them, eg 3x8 =24 gears. However, some of these gear ratios will be so close as to be the same! It doesn't mean that you have 24 DIFFERENT gears !

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If you have 3 gear bicycle then you'll see only one shifter and it has 1-2-3 labels on it. If you have 10 or more gears then you will see 2 shifters on your bike. The left shifter will usually show a lower number than the right one and multiplying the numbers on the 2 shifters will give you the number of gears you have. For example: If your left gear shows 1-2-3 and your right one shows 1-2-3-4-5-6, then you have 18 gear bicycles.

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