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Should I be using gears?

TringaTringa Posts: 5
edited March 2008 in MTB beginners
Sorry for what I'm sure is a stupid question. As a newcomer to biking I'm pretty much confused about the use of gears. The bike I'm using belonged to my son who moved out and left me his bike. It has 21 gears, but I don't think I have ever used more than 2 of them, and then only to see what they did.

Where I cycle is not very hilly and I find I never change gear. Sometimes the ride puts a strain on the legs, but I think if I'm going to gain from it, then that's what its supposed to do.

Should I be using the gears? Am I ask for future leg/joint probs by not using them, or is it just I'm not riding on difficult enough terrain?
Don't worry what people think, they don't do it very often.


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