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1.) You must be pedaling to shift
2.) Larger gears (rings) in the front allow you to go faster, but is harder to turn. Good for flat roads and descents.
3.) Larger gears (cogs) in the rear make it easier to pedal and are useful on hills.
4.) Try and pedal such that your cadence (how fast you spin the crank) is in the 90 rpm range. Adjust to a combination of gears that will allow you to do that.
5.) Avoid having your bike in the big ring in front and big cog in the back or the small ring in front and small cog in the back. That is known as cross chaining and will put undue wear on the ring, cog and chain as the chain will be forced to operate on an angle.

Enjoy the ride.
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