How to Shift a Shimano Nexus Internal Gear Bike

How to Shift a Shimano Nexus Internal Gear Bike
Shimano Nexus components have been a longtime favorite of recreational cyclists. Durable and easy to use, the Nexus features internal gears and a power-generating front hub. Unlike most other shifting systems, Nexus doesn't require the cyclist to pedal while executing a shift. Shifting can be done while stopped at an intersection, for instance, in preparation for the ride ahead. Before climbing aboard your bike and venturing out for the first time, take a moment to familiarize yourself with how to shift your Nexus-equipped steed.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Locate the shifter. The shifter can be found on the right side of the handlebar beside the hand grip. This location keeps you from having to reach very far in order to shift gears.
Step 2
Shift to a larger gear. A larger gear will increase pedaling difficulty, but the bike will also travel farther with each pedal revolution than it would using a smaller gear. Depending on the Nexus model, the larger gear can be found by twisting the grip shifter down toward the '+' sign, or by pushing the button with the '+' sign on the shifter. A window on the shifter will indicate which gear you're in. A higher number will represent a higher gear.
Step 3
Shift to a smaller gear. Pedaling difficulty will be reduced, but the bike will also travel less distance with each pedal revolution than if you were using a larger gear. A small gear might be used for climbing a hill or riding into a headwind, or any situation in which pedaling is more difficult. The smaller gear is achieved, again depending on the model, either by twisting the shifter up toward the '-' sign, or by pushing the button with the '-' sign on the shifter.
 

Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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