My 1-speed bicycle is recovering from a flat and should be up and running today or tomorrow. A friend let me borrow a 18-speed bicycle temporarily. The biggest difference is with my old bicycle, using the back pedal option engages the brakes. That’s not how it works with a multiple speed bicycle. Back pedaling doesn’t activate the brakes. I re-learned fast earlier yesterday on flat ground.
Another difference is the shape of the seat for the new bike is a lot smaller than I am used to. Bit higher as well. The fun part was removing the 10′ chain and lock from the old bike and attaching it to the new bike. Took about 30 minutes to figure out how to remove it from the old bike. No big deal as it was easy to attach to the new bike.
My friend may let me keep the bike as he doesn’t use it and hasn’t seen he purchased it used. It would give me a back up when the other bike is needing something done to it. In general, I get occasional flats on my bike. I always check both tires before starting a trip and after arriving at a destination as a precaution.