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high gear

n.
1. The gear configuration of a transmission that produces the greatest vehicular speed relative to engine speed.
2. Informal A state of maximum activity, energy, or force: Her mind was in high gear during the debate competition.
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Noun1.high gear - a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
gear mechanism, gear - a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
overdrive - a high gear used at high speeds to maintain the driving speed with less output power
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Save high gears for level terrain, and the highest gears for riding downhill or with a good tail wind.
Fact: cycling in very high gear, which results in fewer revolutions per minute and an increase in the force you need for pushing the pedals, can lead to overuse injuries such as biker's knee (a generic term usually referring to pain around or under the kneecap).