## How many gears do you really need on a bike

How many gears do you need on a bike? Technically, you only need **one speed**. Hence, the single-speed bike. Don't assume that just because a bike only has one speed that it can't get you where you need to go.

## How many gears is best for a road bike

**Three gears** work nicely – a pulling off gear, a low gear for hills, and a high gear for the flat. So you only need three gears, unless…

## What is gear 7 on a bike

Number 7 on your right shifter is the hardest gear for going really fast, and **it puts your chain on the smallest rear sprocket**. … Never use the full range of rear gears when you're in either the small or large front sprockets (number 1 or 3 on the front shifter).

## Does more gears mean more speed on a bike

Just remember that larger gears at the rear mean easier pedalling but more torque, and **larger gears at the front mean harder pedalling but more speed**. Going from “easier” gears to “harder” gears is called “upshifting”, and the reverse is called “downshifting”.

## What are the 6 gears on a bike for

In any vehicle the smaller gears are used to drive your vehicle at lower speeds Giving more torque output and the larger gears are used to move your vehicle faster. so it's quite clear that the 6th or 7th gear is given **to generally increase the speed**.

## Is 3 gears enough on a bike

**3 speeds are perfectly adequate for gentle touring** and the ratio can be altered by fitting a bigger rear sprocket, on my triumph i have 46 on the front and 21 on the back that helps up the smaller inclines,if you are time trialling like most of the lycra clad cyclists are these days then 18 gears are probably better.

## Is 6 gears on a bike enough

The 6-speed will only have **six different speeds to** choose from, and these will be about mid-range compared to the 18-21 speeds. So if you're OK with walking the occasional hill, and is fine with coasting on the descent, you can probably be satisfied with a 6-speed.

## How many speeds is a good road bike

The majority of riders can average a speed of about **15 mph on a one hour ride**. A good speed for a beginner is 10 mph, but you should be able to get to 15 mph pretty quickly. If you start training every once in a while, you could get your average up to 18 mph, but training on a regular basis could get you to 22 mph.

## Is 8 gears enough on a road bike

Number of gears isn't as important as them being the right gears – and a **50/34 front** with 11-28 rear is a pretty decent range for general purpose. Claris brakes, derailleurs and shifters are all pretty good too.

## Is a 7 speed bike hard to ride

A 7-speed bike is a great bike for a person who rides on tricky terrain. It's main purpose is to let the bike adapt to **rough conditions** and accommodate inclines, bumps and other difficulties. On a 7-speed bike, the lower gears make it easier to pedal and the higher gears allow for better movement going downhill.