Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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52-42/14-16-18-21-24 was extremely popular gearing until 6-speed freewheels became popular. If I recall correctly, one could order a Paramount w/ 52-49 / 14-16-18-23-26, which provides an awkward jump in the worst possible part of the range.
I do not worry about stock gearing on any of my bikes, instead choosing chainring and freewheel sizes which fit my needs.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069