This shirt is so soft that changing gears is a breeze.
- Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
- 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
- Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
- Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem
Race. Gravel. Touring. Enduro. Downhill. Whatever type of bicycles you have, there’s one thing that binds them all together, and that is the gear system. But how exactly does it work?
The gear system, also known as the drivetrain, consists of the following parts: chain, front and rear derailleur, chainrings, and cassette. All of these are integral to the bicycle, not just to make it run, but enabling you to maintain a comfortable pedaling speed (also called cadence) regardless of the terrain. Multiple gears allow you to attack a very steep hill with ease or go really fast on that straight flat road.
A high gear, or sometimes known by cyclists as a “big gear,” is best used when descending or if you want to achieve high speeds with minimal cadence. This is achieved by combining the largest front chainring and the smallest rear cog. Vice versa, combining the smallest front chainring with the largest rear cog size helps you pedal on steep hills or roads.
Bicycle gears have come a long way from its inception in 1885. Back then, there was only a single gear on both the front and the back. This is the simplest way of running a bicycle, but it was not flexible enough to meet the needs of other cycling disciplines. It has fully evolved into what it is today: with multiple gearings fit for any terrain or occasion.
There are a lot more technical things to learn about bicycle gearing. Check out this video to geek out all over your bike gears.
Launched on: March 26, 2020