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7/19/09 10:10 A

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Hello SmartBlond,

Here is a general article that may help:
www.wikihow.com/Change-Gears-on-Bicy
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7/14/09 12:52 P

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SMARTBLOND:
I'm assuming your 10-speed is a roadbike. If so, then a 10 year old bike will have two little levers on the downtube (the tube running from the handlebars to the cranks). One of them will control shifting to the front ring, the other will control shifting to the rear. When you pedal, shift those little levers and the chain should move to a different gear.

I'm assuming that you've also not maintained the bike for a while so your first stop would be to the local bike shop for a tune-up and a hands-on lesson about gear changing.

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7/14/09 6:19 A

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Sheldon Brown is a great resource for anything related to bikes.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears.html

I suggest that you 1. buy a book or two on riding & maintaining your bike, 2. watch and ask questions on this site, 3. consider joining a local bike club, 4. maybe start a relationship with local bike shop, best if you can work with the bike club that sponsors the bike club...

The big one - ride, ride, ride

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7/14/09 12:46 A

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in my case I have an argon 18

I was watching Tour de France and it makes me want to buy buy buy
I love bikes

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7/14/09 12:36 A

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If you let us know the general type of shifter that you have, we might be able to help. Take a look at the wikipedia page for bicycle shifters and tell us which one your shifters most look like.

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7/13/09 10:53 P

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I think different models use different directions for shifting up and down
easier & more tension I would go to the website of manufacter and see for your model

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7/13/09 10:28 P

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Hi everyone!

I have a ten-speed that I have had for about ten years and I hate to admit this, but I don't know how to use the gears. Can anyone give me some tips?

JG

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