My wife and I got new bikes recently, and she’s still trying to get used to the new shifters. Our old bikes had the grip shifters with the numbers that told you exactly what gear you were in. The new bikes have the shifters that are integrated into the brake handles and there is no visual cue as to what gear you are actually in.
So the last time we were out on our bikes, she was getting very frustrated and confused trying to get the bike in the correct gear just by feel. I tried to explain to her that pushing the big shifter puts the chain on a bigger gear, and pushing the smaller shifter puts the chain on a smaller gear.
But where it gets confusing is, with the front set of gears, the *bigger * gears are harder to pedal, whereas on the rear, the *smaller * gears are harder to pedal. Why is the behavior different for the front set of gears than for the back? I’m sure there is a simple answer, but I’m not seeing it.