What Are Internal Gears and How Do They Work


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Internal gears have been around ever since bicycles were first invented. They allow you to change the stiffness of the tires and the suspension by engaging or disengaging the chain. The bigger the chain, the stiffer it will be. But if the tire is of a smaller diameter, then it can have the same effect as reducing the tire’s stiffness.

Changing Bike Gears

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If you are an avid cyclist, then you probably know that changing your bike’s gearing is not very difficult. And it’s something that a lot of people take for granted when they buy their first bike. But the moment they realize that they need to do this every now and then, they get intimidated and lose confidence in their ability to change their bike’s gearing themselves.

For those who are not familiar with how internal Gears work, they can be described as ring gears on a bicycle. The chain rings are actually elongated rings that are connected to the sprocket on which the pedals spin. The chain is enclosed by a number of teeth that are meshed with the gears on the sprocket. These teeth lock into place when you take down the pedal.

Remove The Sprocket

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When you take your bike in for a service, the mechanics get the chain back on the sprocket, remove the sprocket, and reassemble them again. Once they complete the job, they seal the newly assembled ring gears so that they won’t leak oil and dirt into the other parts of your bike. In order to change the gears on your own, you first have to replace the chain. It’s important that you make sure that you remove the smallest ring first to avoid accidentally triggering the bigger ones.

When you are ready to start replacing your bike’s gears, it’s best that you replace them one at a time. You can put the new one on top of the old one and vice versa. This ensures that all the gears will line up. By doing this, you will be able to ensure that your bike will be functioning properly and your performance will be at its optimal level.

First Bike Owners

For those who have just purchased their first bike or haven’t yet been able to ride one for a long time, it’s advisable that they go for the internal gears. On the other hand, if you already have a bike and want to replace the internal ones, it’s important that you go for the front wheel drive (FWD) type. This type of bike has a chain that is wrapped around the pedal which helps to absorb most of the energy that’s being dedicated to pedaling.

One of the advantages of using internal brakes is that they require very little maintenance. A greasy chain should be cleaned at the very least once a week. If you don’t clean them, grease will accumulate between the gears and on the suspension cables. This will cause unnecessary wear of the parts. This also increases the risk of brake failure.

Final Words

When looking at internal gears for your next bike purchase, it’s important that you take note of the quality and type of bike you have. Make sure that you look for durable materials and that they are easy to clean. Also make sure that they are compatible with your bike’s specifications so that you won’t waste your money on something that won’t work.

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