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Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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The changing of gears itself is unlikely to cause any damage, you're just going to move the derailleurs back and forth until the chain prevents them moving further. If you really forced it you might … break a shift lever or something. However, bad stuff is likely to happen if you heavily load the drivetrain while in the wrong gear. I.e. if you change gears while standing still then forcefully …
answered Nov 8 '13 by user611910
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48/12 is actually a fairly large gear, especially since your bike has 700c wheels, the same as a road bike. 53/11 is the largest gear combination on a typical road racing bike, even on many road bike …
answered Jan 15 '14 by user611910