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    What gears does one use in a pace line.

    Some riders advice is the middle chainring and higher end of the rear cluster. My group can be faster than me. Often struggle to keep up, particularily on the longer hills. What is the choice of most riders.
    It is just my impression by pushing higher gears, i get more speed. Most seem to say higher gears takes more energy. Seems to me, I gear down, I slow down with a similiar physical effort.

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    Seems to me the important thing in a paceline is keeping a relatively constant speed. Use a chainring/cog combination that will net you the speed of the paceline at a cadence you're comfortable with.

    If you try to push too-high gears for too long, your muscles will tend to tire out faster than your cardio system. This is where the balance between a reasonably high cadence and gearing comes in. People here will tell you they average anywhere from 75 to 105+ RPM, but when it comes down to it, you have to find what's comfortable to you.

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    Perhaps you should work on your spin.

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    It's that "middle" chainring that's holding you back. You only need two to keep in the paceline

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    53/11 end of story.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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