3 – You are advised not to try to change both shifters at the same time as you risk derailing the chain or getting it stuck, or even breaking it.
4 – Unless you are sure of yourself, and are deeply worried about your pace, avoid changing several gears in one go.
5 – Avoid crossing your chain.
6 – As much as possible, try to anticipate your gear changes based on what you see coming up ahead. For example, don’t wait until you’re in trouble on a very steep climb to switch to an easier gear, because you’ll have a hard time with the switch due to the amount of force that you’re having to exert on the pedals.
Now you know everything you need to know about bike gears. If after reading this article 3 times a day for a month you still don’t understand a thing, immediately proceed to sign up at your local bike riding school!