New Member From east Tennessee

BHowdy

New Member
Region
USA
Hey Y'all. (How we say hello in the south) 🙂
I am another "old person" (67), new to these forums and new to e bikes. This bike is actually my first bike since childhood. I have recently received my Aventon Level and the assembly was quick and simple.....about 30 minutes.
I have only been able to get about 50 miles of riding in since receiving it on Jan. 7th ...... An unusual amount of snow lately here in the mountains of east Tennessee. Plus I spent a few days on a wildlife photography trip as well has limited my chances to ride.
I am enjoying the bike very much! I am a wildlife photographer and plan to use my Level for many new adventures.

I have one question that I am certain this group can help with ........ I need some help learning how to best shift my 7 speed Shimano gearing. At this point I feel very clumsy and unsure about shifting, when, what gear etc.

Thank You for these forums!
Bob
Maryville, Tennessee
 

Art Deco

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove Pennsylvania
Hey Y'all. (How we say hello in the south) 🙂
I am another "old person" (67), new to these forums and new to e bikes. This bike is actually my first bike since childhood. I have recently received my Aventon Level and the assembly was quick and simple.....about 30 minutes.
I have only been able to get about 50 miles of riding in since receiving it on Jan. 7th ...... An unusual amount of snow lately here in the mountains of east Tennessee. Plus I spent a few days on a wildlife photography trip as well has limited my chances to ride.
I am enjoying the bike very much! I am a wildlife photographer and plan to use my Level for many new adventures.

I have one question that I am certain this group can help with ........ I need some help learning how to best shift my 7 speed Shimano gearing. At this point I feel very clumsy and unsure about shifting, when, what gear etc.

Thank You for these forums!
Bob
Maryville, Tennessee
Welcome to EBR. The Aventon is a popular bike here so you can find someone who knows your bike by posting in the Aventon sub forum or by including the make and model in your title.
Shifting skill comes quickly once you start tiding a bit, ecpecially in the hills (really mountains) of TN. I run a nine speed Shimano and never use the highest gear, and use the lowest only on extremely steep climbs, so a seven speed should be fine, but IDK the gearing on that unit. Someone here will know.
 

Bigal1463

Well-Known Member
Welcome to EBR, nice to have you. First, let me say that I have the 500 and quite happy with it after two years of riding. I only wish the Level was available when I made this purchase. You have a lot of bike for the money. Shifting is quite simple. Make sure when you do shift that you are pedaling. Like Art Deco says, I too keep it in the low gears, probably, 1,2 or 3. This way when you came to a stop, it makes it easier for you to start pedaling on start up, because the Aventon doesn’t have throttle on demand and If you’re not going to use power, you will adjust your gear shifting to what works best for you. Again, just make sure to pedal when shifting gears. Good luck and ride safe.
 

BHowdy

New Member
Region
USA
Welcome to EBR. The Aventon is a popular bike here so you can find someone who knows your bike by posting in the Aventon sub forum or by including the make and model in your title.
Shifting skill comes quickly once you start tiding a bit, ecpecially in the hills (really mountains) of TN. I run a nine speed Shimano and never use the highest gear, and use the lowest only on extremely steep climbs, so a seven speed should be fine, but IDK the gearing on that unit. Someone here will know.
Thank you very much ArtDeco
 

BHowdy

New Member
Region
USA
Welcome to EBR, nice to have you. First, let me say that I have the 500 and quite happy with it after two years of riding. I only wish the Level was available when I made this purchase. You have a lot of bike for the money. Shifting is quite simple. Make sure when you do shift that you are pedaling. Like Art Deco says, I too keep it in the low gears, probably, 1,2 or 3. This way when you came to a stop, it makes it easier for you to start pedaling on start up, because the Aventon doesn’t have throttle on demand and If you’re not going to use power, you will adjust your gear shifting to what works best for you. Again, just make sure to pedal when shifting gears. Good luck and ride safe.
Thanks for the help BigAl 1463
 

john peck

Well-Known Member
Yes, pedal when you shift, but at the moment you click ease off pedal pressure for an instant.
This lets the chain find the gear without grinding or locking into the current cog. This will prolong
the life of your freewheel, even more so with a cassette & makes for smoother shifts.
 

Art Deco

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove Pennsylvania
What he said. And shifts can be really quick: I run through the gears from a stop almost ghost pedaling from a strong start.