Most bicycles have multiple gears to make it easier for you to ride up hills and let you go faster on level ground, according to the website BicycleUniverse. Classifying a bike as having a certain number of “speeds” means it has that many possible gear combinations. A 10-speed bike is an example of multiple-geared bike. While 10-speeds once were common, they have been replaced by 18-speeds or even 27-speed bikes. But they still are a good bike to use to practice shifting gears.
Mount your bicycle, and place your feet on the pedals. Begin pedaling forward.
Adjust your hands to a position you find most comfortable. A 10-speed usually has drop handlebars, so you can put your hands either on the top in a more casual position, or underneath on the curved part, for a bent-over, racing position. The lower hand position is practical if you feel you might need to brake quickly.