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    What is a "53-11"?

    And no, I don't mean the personality that appears on this board. While I enjoy reading his posts, I was wondering what "53-11" stands for. I know it has something to do with the gearing of a bicycle. Is it a 53-tooth large front cog and a 11-tooth small back cog? Or a 53-tooth big front cog and a 11-tooth small front cog? Also, how do I determine what I have on my bike (other than going to the manufacturer's website and looking it up on a stock bike)? Thanks in advance for the information.
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    53 front, 11 back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettM
    ...Is it a 53-tooth large front cog and a 11-tooth small back cog?
    this is it. although the front is usually called the chain ring.

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    Most chainrings and cogs are labeled with how many teeth they have.
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    Hi GarrettM:

    I had the same question a few months ago. I just counted the teeth on my chainrings and cogs so I had a handy reference when I fooled around with gear calculators. No need to go to the mfg's website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerman
    53 front, 11 back.
    IOW, usually the highest gear on most people's bikes. The highest on my Dura-ace 10 speed is 53-12.
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    53-11 means you go real slow up hills.
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    the chainrings up front and cogs in the back will be stamped with the number of teeth they have. This isn't the easiest thing to see if your drivetrain has some miles on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettM
    While I enjoy reading his posts, I was wondering what "53-11" stands for.
    Misinformation and trolling that's what he stands for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    He stood for all that was wrong with free speech.


    Funny how people have so many problems with him. He must've changed around the time I joined the boards. [/hijack]
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    Funny to me how upset people get about stuff on the surreal world that is the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra-g
    53-11 means you go real slow up hills.
    I wanna meet the guy who even TRIES to attack hills in a 53-11!! On second thought, maybe I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra-g
    53-11 means you go real slow up hills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey
    I wanna meet the guy who even TRIES to attack hills in a 53-11!! On second thought, maybe I don't.
    I was thinking it means you'd *walk* up hills.
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    53/11 means a uselessly high gear for most of us. (For me, 53/14 is more like it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImprezaDrvr
    Funny to me how upset people get about stuff on the surreal world that is the internet.
    You realised this when? A week ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettM
    And no, I don't mean the personality that appears on this board. While I enjoy reading his posts, I was wondering what "53-11" stands for. I know it has something to do with the gearing of a bicycle. Is it a 53-tooth large front cog and a 11-tooth small back cog? Or a 53-tooth big front cog and a 11-tooth small front cog? Also, how do I determine what I have on my bike (other than going to the manufacturer's website and looking it up on a stock bike)? Thanks in advance for the information.
    Add 5 & 3 together and you get 8. Put 8 at the beginning of 11 and you 811. 811 is a Nebraska Public Safety Code for "In Service." How's that for 411?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultrag
    53-11 means you go real slow up hills.
    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey
    I wanna meet the guy who even TRIES to attack hills in a 53-11!! On second thought, maybe I don't.
    Does 52-12 count? I do that all the time. My entire area is hills. I try to keep the back cog set to 12 and the front to 52,only knocking down to 42 when I'm tired and worn out, and so far I've kept a pretty good pace for commuting- 20ish mph over 41miles of hills.
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