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Old 05-04-10, 07:37 AM   #1
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Need some help with a sprocket swap

My wife is looking for a little more speed on her Trek Cruiser. Stock it comes with a 38t chainwheel and a 18t cog. What would be the best way to get a little more top speed? We cruise at around 15mph, but her feet look like she's going 120!

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you might be able to get a smaller rear cogto put on the hub.

or replace the rear wheel with a 3 speed coaster brake wheel.

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Yeah, I'm thinking a 3 speed hub might be the best bet.
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I have a hunch that converting to a 3-speed coaster brake rear wheel would cost more than half what you paid for the bike. Personally, I would try a smaller cog first-should run under 20 dollars. If that is not satisfactory, perhaps a new bike is in order. (Yay!)
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You can only get a cog that is 2 teeth smaller, a 16T, but you can get a larger chainring, possibly up to 44T.
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You could get a crank with a bigger chainring, but it'd mean losing the chain guard. TANSTAAFL - tell the wife that her high cadence is why it's easy to pedal. If she wants more speed, get her another bike.
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Even a drop to a 16T would make a lot of difference. I certainly have experienced that. It would get her out of the 50's and into the 60's gear inches. Cant give you exact gear inches as i dont know wheel size so i figured it out with both 26 and 700's. You might have to shorten up chain by a link or so but easy job to do. Changing the chain ring has to be by a lot more teeth to get same result and costs more.
Ive always had at least one s/s bike in my collection,and its pretty common for most s/s people to ride it somewhere in the 60'S
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