# Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Gear inches/gain ration + rpm = speed

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obstacle
06-18-07, 12:41 PM
I've seen this before but for the life of me can't remember where. I've googled and searched here for it but still have not found it. Can someone please point me in the direction of the said chart?

I'm interested in knowing that if I gear my bike at X and am pedalling at X rpm I should be able to go X mph (given the ground is flat and my pace is sustained).

I've seen a chart laying this all out. Or is there an equation I could use to figure this generally?

dutret
06-18-07, 01:15 PM
Gi*rpm/1063=mph

obstacle
06-18-07, 01:27 PM
Gi*rpm/1063=mph

What am I doing wrong?

example:
75.5*100/1063 = 6.4

I know when I spin at 100rpm with that gear inch I am going well beyond 6.4mph.

piwonka
06-18-07, 01:28 PM
What am I doing wrong?

example:
75.5*100/1063 = 6.4

I know when I spin at 100rpm with that gear inch I am going well beyond 6.4mph.

the only way i could get his formula to make sense was to multiply the GI number by 2.54 to convert to metric...i don't know though, i'm not looking at any formula thangs...just guessing.

obstacle
06-18-07, 01:38 PM
the only way i could get his formula to make sense was to multiply the GI number by 2.54 to convert to metric...i don't know though, i'm not looking at any formula thangs...just guessing.
That gives me 18.4 as a result, which is interestingly about 6.4 from where my computer says I should be. What's wrong here

dutret
06-18-07, 02:22 PM
yeah that needs a pi in there sorry.

obstacle
06-18-07, 02:27 PM
yeah that needs a pi in there sorry.

huh?

mickster
06-18-07, 02:36 PM
huh?

He means the formula is Gi*pi*rpm/1063=mph

The gear inch figure (eg 75.5) is the nominal *diameter* of the wheel - need to mulitply by Pi to find the inches travelled in one pedal revolution.

piwonka
06-18-07, 03:04 PM
oh yeah...circumference...lol.

obstacle
06-18-07, 03:41 PM
He means the formula is Gi*pi*rpm/1063=mph

The gear inch figure (eg 75.5) is the nominal *diameter* of the wheel - need to mulitply by Pi to find the inches travelled in one pedal revolution.

Got it, that does the trick...thanks.

Trail_Animal
06-19-07, 12:28 PM
Isn't it 1056 and not 1063??? 1/(60min/hr)/(12in/ft)*(5280ft/mile) = 1056 (inch*hr/min*mile) Divide Gi*pi*rpm by this to get mile/hr?!?!

CafeRacer
06-28-07, 06:50 PM
There used to be a wicked website that had a calculater for that sorta thing. Miles and Kilos.......

barba
06-28-07, 06:57 PM
I made a little Excel chart that calculates rpm-->speed (and the other way around) for any given gear combo. PM me if you want a copy.

marcelinyc
06-29-07, 02:39 PM

Gomez308
07-03-07, 07:38 PM
sheldon brown has a calculater that will figure this out for you.

CafeRacer
07-08-07, 07:54 PM
The prob with some of the charts already made is they dont go high enough into the RPMs.......

dookie
07-10-07, 03:05 PM
There used to be a wicked website that had a calculater for that sorta thing. Miles and Kilos.......

maybe this? good to 160rpm.