Or, in which I owe my poor bicycle a massive apology.
Zephirine, poor creature, has been to the bicycle hospital twice since I’ve had her, with problems with her gears. Pashleys have hub gears (the gears are enclosed inside the hub of the back wheel), rather than the dérailleurs (cogs on the outside of the back and front wheels) that I’m used to.
To change gear with dérailleur gears, you need to keep pedalling.
To change gear with hub gears, you stop pedalling.
I did not know this.
I do now.