How often have you wished you had a few extra gears for going up steep hills. Or conversely a few more to go faster? How many of you often wonder why you have gears on your bike at all because you can't seem to figure out how to use them effectively and prefer cycling along in a single gear? The gears on a bike are there to help us and there are tons of very technical articles spouting technical jargon like ''gear ratios'' which are worth a read. BUT to keep things simple for beginner to intermediate cyclists here are my top 5 tips.