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I am borrowing a diamondback from a friend and it has been a LONG while since I have done any bike riding. I am not even sure how the gear shifting mechanism really works. I was pushing the levers randomly yesterday trying to figure it out.....any thoughts?

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Each control is binary - harder to shift in one direction, easier in the other.

Google "how to shift a bicycle" for videos

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http://coachlevi.com/cycling/complete-beginner-guide-to-bicycle-gears-shifting/


You should NEVER run cross-chained (big-big or small-small). The drive train performs best when the chain line is as close to straight as possible.


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