How to Change Gears With Grip Shifters

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Grip Shift and other handlebar "twist" shifters are known for their shift accuracy, ease of adjustment and ergonomic controls. Because the shifters themselves spin around the handlebar, it is not necessary to move your hands into uncomfortable positions, or off of the handlebar entirely, to shift gears. Get the most out of your bicycle's drivetrain by learning how to shift your Grip Shift shifters.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin pedalling in an open area, parking lot, or multi-use path. Pedalling too slow will result in jumpy, misplaced shifts, so work up to a good pace. Most cyclists shift gears at around 80rpm (pedal rotation speed).

  2. 2

    When you reach the top of your spinning range, twist the right gear shifter forward one click. The bicycle will shift into a higher, more difficult gear, allowing you to propel yourself further with slower pedal motions.

  3. 3

    Repeat this pedal, upshift, pedal pattern until you reach a comfortable speed and cadence. When you are ready to slow down, do not simply grab the brakes and coast to a stop. Rather, keep pedalling lightly so that you may shift down through the gears as you stop.

  4. 4

    When you reach the bottom of your spinning range, around 40rpm for most cyclists, twist the right gear shifter backward one click to shift into a lower, easier gear. Continue pedalling as you slow, or the bike will not shift correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • The left gear shifter may be used in a similar fashion to the right one, but causes a much more dramatic change in the final gear ratio of the bicycle. It should be used mainly in situations where an immediate, large jump in gear range is needed. For example, climbing a hill may require twisting the left gear shifter up to reach a much lower gear.

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