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    How to use Gear Roll out?

    What is gear roll-out and how can I use it to increase speed?

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    Gear roll-out is the distance the bike will travel with one revolution of the cranks for any particular gear ratio. I believe it's also called "gear development".

    Gear roll-out chart.
    http://www.analyticcycling.com/Power...Gear_Disc.html (SCROLL DOWN)

    You can use it to determine what gears you need for any particular speed or rpms.

    For instance, you might wanna know what revs you'll be doing at a particular speed.

    For example: "what revs will I be doing at 60kmh (37.29 mph) with a 52/12 gear ratio"

    So, you go to the chart which tells you your 52/12 gear ratio = 9.135 meter roll-out...then.....

    60 kmh / 60 = 1 km in one minute
    1 km x 1000 = 1000 M in one minute
    1000 / 9.135 = 109.47 rpm

    You can obviously do this the other way around. For example, you might wonder "hmmm...if I was riding at 105rpm in my 52/12 gear, how fast will I go?"

    So, you go to the roll-out chart which tells you that 52/12 has a roll-out of 9.135 meters.

    Therefore: 105 x 9.135 = 959.175 meters per minute.
    Therefore 959.175 x 60 = 57550.5 meters per hour
    which obviously = 57.55 kmh

    It is also used for juniors because they have gear limitations to reduce the chances of injuries.

    This is different to the old "inches" calculation, which is (# chain-ring teeth / # cog teeth) x 27


    eg: (52/12) x 27 = 117 inches.
    Last edited by Fat Hack; 08-20-04 at 12:02 AM.

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    I wonder what overall wheel/tire circumference is assumed with this chart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madpogue
    I wonder what overall wheel/tire circumference is assumed with this chart.
    Easy enough to compute: Gear Rollout = Tire Circumference * Chain Ring / Cog

    So... Tire Circumference = Gear Rollout * Cog / Chain Ring = 9.135 * 12 / 52 = 2.108 meters which is about a 700x25C

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    OK that maps to Cadance at Speed and Speed at Cadance Where:

    Cadance (rpm) at Speed = (rearCog*5280*12)/(60*3.14*Gear inches)
    Speed (mph) at Cadance = (cadence*5280*12)/60*3.14*Gear inches)

    Gear Ratio = ChainRing/Rear Cog
    Gear inches = Tiresize*Gear Ratio

    I have this factored on some Excel spread sheets. Your formulas appear easier to use.

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