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    May be part of the gear change you are looking at.

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    I know the difference between a brake lever and a gear lever - and the one I looked at was on the opposite side of the handlebars to the gear changer.
    Still if you don't believe the brakes push instead of pull that's fine, doesn't really matter they still work and are still hydraulic.

    Edit: googled it, seems like the rod likely only goes into the body of the lever and operates a master cylinder and the cable is actually a hose - or something like that. Not going to dismantle it to find out.
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    As I understand it hydraulic brakes systems can only work by pushing.

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    One thing, the bike has 7 gears....I didn't think they helped much, but then I've never had a bike with gears before. Husband then said he thought the same.
    Perhaps because it's 7 and not the usual 18?
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    I don't get that. Mine is 8 speed and I use them a lot. I see people all the time starting off in high gear and standing up on the peddles putting a lot of effort into it. I just don't understand what's so bad about changing gear, I always start off in low gear as it's so much easier to get moving, then quickly change up as I gain speed - that's what gears are for. On the other hand my previous bike had 24 gears in theory and I used about 5 of them - stuck to the middle front gear and skipped from low to high mostly. On a steep hill I still need to change down as well, the motor helps but it doesn't mean it's easy enough to stay in top gear.

    As for 7 vs 18 - outside of actually mountain biking who ever uses a fraction of those 18 gears anyway (many of which you aren't supposed to use by the way). Your 7 speeds will start very low and go pretty high, they just don't have as many in between gears because you don't typically need them on the road and you have a motor to help you. A lot of gears is useful for long uphill rides where you need to find just the right ratio to maintain speed, anywhere else it's largely un-needed.

    Just to elaborate on what gears to use on an 18/24 speed - they overlap in ratio and with 3 front gears you are not supposed to use the 1-2 cogs on the back which are on the opposite side to your front cog. It works well enough but puts the chain on an angle. You can use all of them from the middle cog though.

    Personally I kinda wish my bike had hub gears and I could live with about 5 of them, a lot of electric bikes are built that way and it's a lot simpler as far as the chain goes.
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    Speaking of chains.
    I'm trying a different lubricant on this bike.
    My previous std mountain bike was on it's 4th chain at 8000k.
    This one has now done 5400k mostly off road & is still on the 1st one.
    It's not cheap but I recomend it. It's called squirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    Speaking of chains.
    I'm trying a different lubricant on this bike.
    My previous std mountain bike was on it's 4th chain at 8000k.
    This one has now done 5400k mostly off road & is still on the 1st one.
    It's not cheap but I recomend it. It's called squirt.
    I've always just used chainsaw bar oil on all my bikes road or MTB and chains last me a long time years in fact and I do a lot of miles too.

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    That's what I was previously using too.
    I couldn't believe the difference.

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    It was always the old 3 in 1 sewing machine oil for me, and occasionally a bit of CRC. Probably should get something before much longer for my new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post
    I don't get that. Mine is 8 speed and I use them a lot.
    So husband has had a fair bit of experience with bike gears.....but what he said was it didn't make much difference.
    Not he doesn't bother at all.

    I thought perhaps it's the smaller range? Or something to do with the fact it has a motor as well perhaps?
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