In some two-speed gears the normal is the high speed, in others the low.
two-speed and three-speed gears are now very commonly fitted to cycles.
Fig. 14 is a sectional view of the “Hub” two-speed gear, the chain-wheel or free-wheel clutch being omitted.
For the full enjoyment of tandem riding, therefore, a two-speed gear is a necessity, while a three-speed gear is better.
The gear-ratio of a two-speed gear is the ratio of the high to the low gear.
This arrangement gives six spindle speeds, and double this number is obtained by using a two-speed countershaft overhead.