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    What gear do you cruise in?

    On flat ground?

    I have 3 gears on the left and 7 on the right..

    Just curious what you guys are usually riding in and how fast you are going!

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    i am usually in jeans and sneakers :-D

    jk. i switch up gears often. i cruise in whatever gear i have the energy for at the time.
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    On flats I usually use 3 on the left (48t) and 5 on the right (17t) which corresponds to a gain ratio of 5.6 (http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/) on my 700/28c wheels.
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    On flat ground, I'm usually on the second chainring (2 on the left) and in 6th or 7th gear on the right/back of the bike. Sometimes 8 if I am feeling energetic. I'm not sure how fast that is because I don't have a speedometer.

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    On flat roads with no cross wind or head wind, I can cruise comfortable with the largest chainring (48t) and the smallest rear cog (13 or 11t... I forgot) But that hardly ever happens. I don't know how that translate in speed. But last weekend, I was able to maintain a constant distance from some roady in lycras. Most of my ride have elevation changes and stops.
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    I cruise on the large chain ring in 6 & 7th gear most of the time. It makes it easy to come to a stop or hill climb by just dropping to the center chain ring. My cruising speed is around 20 mph most of the time. I'll use 8th once in a while if I just feel like maxing out my speed down hill.
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    I typically ride on back farm roads where there isn't much traffic (or any intersections) to worry about, so on the flats I'll cruise in a pretty high gear and between 22-25 mph. Usually my third (48t) chainring, and my 7th or 8th gear (13t or 11t).

    If I'm on a different route with more traffic and/or intersections, I'll cruise on the 3rd or 4th gear on the third chainring, 17-18 mph on the flats. If I'm riding where there's more traffic, it's usually more of a utility ride, heading over to do some errands at my MIL's house or something like that.

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    My chain usually hangs out in the middle cog. Generally shift the chainring first.
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    I stay on the largest chainring on the crank and from 5-6 in the back. I could easily cruise on flats on 8 but it is really hilly here in south central KY.

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    It's all about the most comfortable cadence for me so that usually puts me in the 4-5 chainring.
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    Jeezus some of you are monsters. I cruise (which to me means making time but not busting my butt) in the middle chain ring (42T) and maybe 6th or 7th on the rear which is an 11-32.
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    Middle on the front and variable on the back. For both the Cypress and the Bianchi.
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    I opt for what's the most comfortable - and honestly never paid attention. I have 48X36X26 chainrings, and a 9 spd 11-32 cassette.

    I am normally in the middle chainring, because it gives me finer changes between gears, and spend most of my time in the middle to smallest cogs. Then I go to the big chainring for big hills, or when I am trying to find a new max speed..... The little chainring, doesn't get much use at all.

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    I'm doing my best to stay out of the "granny gears" ie: the smallest chainring. I got it into my head that the granny gears are for *******. I am gear-tarded, I mean I can't figure out the number I'm in. I try to stay on the second chainring and depending on the terrain second chainring + 3 but it really depends. I hit incline the minute I leave home, which makes me sometimes slip down to granny gear for a few blocks till I warm up.

    When I'm having a speed demon moment, I use the largest chainring. Then I can get to 32 km/h or maybe higher on a flat road.

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    48x22 trying for 48x20 by November one. Outdoor riding will be about kaput by then here. Was at 38x22 in April. Taken a lot of time and mileage, almost 2000 miles to move up a chainring. Course, I'm 55 and my legs were low grade dog food when I started in April 08. The crash that chipped my elbow "operation" and put me in a half-cast for the rest of the summer in July 08 didn't help much either. But thats another story.

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    First time I replaced the (9 sp) cassette on my hybrid I went for a 13-23 combo, and I have stuck to that range for later replacements. This way I feel I can always find "the ideal gear", even if there are only subtle changes in terrain, wind etc. As a result I change gear a lot; with this set-up I find it very easy to keep my preferred cadence. My cassettes last longer too now, as cog wear is more evenly distributed.

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    With 3 front and 7 rear I'm usually comfortable with 2-7, 3-6 or 3-7 on the flats. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of options on downhills except to pedal faster.

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    I seem to use "largest chainwheel and 3rd thru 5th rear cog most of the time although I've noticed that I like to use the "middle chainwheel" and 3rd thru 5th. rear cog when using MUP's/Path's, seems to be a lot of "stop or slow and go" using MUP's and the middle chainwheel's gearing works best, jmho. I hardly ever use the "smallest chainwheel (22T)", unless I'm hauling my utility trailer full of foodstuff's for the week!! (lowest gear: 22T X 32T)
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    I use the middle chainring (38t) and 5th gear (17t) on the rear.

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    After getting into a semblance of shape, I seem to stay most of the time in the 48 front and the 3 smallest rear chainrings (although I don't do the smallest rear THAT much). For hills, usually the third in the from smallest at the rear with the 38 in front (front is 48/38/28), and I get out of the saddle.
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    My favorite gear combo is 52x16. It appears to give me the speed I want and I can maintain a good cadence whereas I don't burn myself out mashing or spinning. Its perfect for me until I get to a hill...
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    I spend most of my time in 48x21 or 48x18. Occasionally I'll get in a good draft during a group ride and cruise in 48x15, but it's pretty rare that I find a draft that is just my speed, usually I'm just dropped.
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    So far 2 and 4 but I just returned to cycling after 17 years. Things may change.
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    I stay in 2 and 4 a lot too.

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