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The number corresponds with the number of gears [speeds]. Most child bikes may have three gears. Gears are especially helpful when biking up or down a hill. For most riders ten speeds are more than enough.

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It's really not clear what you mean with this. With 10-speed I assume you have two chainwheels up front and five at the rear. Basically you get on it and ride. pick a gear that lets you turn the cranks at about 80-100 turns/minute. If you want to be slick you try to keep the chain as straight as possible, i.e. you don't run the chain on big-big or small-small.

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