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Old 06-13-06, 04:05 AM   #1
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Which gear is easier to pedal?

I put a triple on my road bike, and I'm wondering if it now has easier gearing than my Mtn bike. The easiest gear on the road bike is 30 in the front, and 34 rear. The easiest on the mountain bike is 22 front and 28 rear. So which is easier to pedal?
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The MTB. Its low gear is about four gear inches lower.
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the MTB has more underdrive to it, but your road bike on smoth ground will be easyer to spin,

why does it matter anyway? it's like asking what gets better gas mileage, my chevy suburban or your ferrari F355 spyder? only you don't get to drive them both to find out
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Not to nit-pick but are you sure the road bike has the 34 rear?
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The MTB. Its low gear is about four gear inches lower.
Thank you, but I was kinda hoping someone would post the formula for how to figure this out. I don't really know what a "gear inch" is.
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Here is a great place to see for yourself. It's Sheldon Brown's gear calculator.
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Not to nit-pick but are you sure the road bike has the 34 rear?
Yeah, I'm sure. I changed it from a 13-27 to a Shimano Mega-wide 11-34 for a half-century ride that had over 6500 feet of climbing in it, up to a ski area and then over two mountain passes (this is in Southwestern Colorado, so the passes are no joke).
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Just put the bike in the gear you want, mark the point on the ground of one of the wheels, turn the crank exactly 1 revolution, mark the wheel again, measure the distance. The shorter the distance, the "easier" the gear.
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The formula is very simple: (front cog over rear cog) times wheel diameter = gear inches. A 700c road wheel is approx 27"

Mountain bike 22/28 X 26 = 20. 4 gi
Road bike 30/34 x 27 = 23.8 gi

The lower gear inches on the mountain bike means it is easier.

This is a rough calculation, since the actual wheel diameters are not exactly 26" or 27", but it gives a close approximation.
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