How to Change Shimano Gears 105

How to Change Shimano Gears 105
Shimano bills its 105 level components as "pro-level" technology at an affordable price. Whether pro or novice, you'll likely find that learning to change gears proficiently takes some practice. There are two shifters. The shifter on the right of your handlebar shifts rear gears, while the shifter on the left shifts front gears. Each Shimano 105 shifter features a lever and directly behind the lever a small paddle. The lever handles braking and a portion of the shifting duties. The paddle's sole purpose is to accomplish the other half of these duties.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Rear gears

Step 1
Place your right hand on the right-side shifter. The top of the shifter should be nestled in the hollow between your thumb and forefinger.
Step 2
Shift to a larger sprocket. To accomplish this, push the right-side shifter lever in toward the bike. This action will lessen pedaling resistance.
Step 3
Shift to a smaller sprocket. Push the small paddle behind the lever in toward the bike. This will increase pedaling resistance.

Front gears

Step 1
Place your left hand on the left-side shifter. Again the shifter hood should rest in the hollow between your thumb and forefinger.
Step 2
Shift to the large chainring. Push the brake lever in toward the bike. This increases pedaling resistance.
Step 3
Shift to the small chainring. Push the paddle behind the brake lever in toward the bike. This lessens pedaling resistance.
 

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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