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    Prospect Park Gear??

    Right now i am riding a 42-14. Its fine for riding the flats but I do have some difficulties, for example on the hill in Prospect Park. I can get up the hill but it does wipe me out. It maybe because i am weak but I was considereing changing it to a 15 or even a 16. Would i feel that much of a difference going from a 14 to a 15. Or should i just suck it up and stick with the 14.

    I am waiting for my new wheels from nashbar so i want to get everyones opinion on gear selection.

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    I'm riding 42:14 right now, and it's a bit mashy... once you're up to speed, it's great, but I'd like a little more spin myself. That's an 80" gear -- I'm moving to 48x17 (73") on my next bike... I rode at 69" for a while, which was a little light, but 73" seems like a good happy medium.

    Of course your mileage (and legs) may vary.

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    most of the racers at pp ride around a 49x15 to 51x16 depending on preference, but most have at least somewhere around 49x16
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    If you search for the term "gear ratios" in the Prospect Park thread you'll come up with some answers. I think the average ratios are around 49/16, 48/15 and as high as what, 51/14?
    Of course, it all comes down to your ability.
    oh, I'm at 48/15.

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    Most people are pushing at least 82 gear inches and up.
    It should be a good ratio that handles the downhill without spinning too hard, cruises on the flat, and still manages to get up the hill. I roll on 46x14 most times.
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    Yoshi rides a gear in the 70s and is very fast. I ride an 88" gear and I'm sort of fast. Andy rides a gear in the high 90s and he was very fast. What do we all have in common? Racing up that hill is, ugh, kinda painful.
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    So many pushing high gears in the park.

    Who'd have thunk it------

    And at this time of the year, as well, with the omnipresent wind.

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    hey, where is the prospect park thread? can't find it. call me dumb.

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    since its a flip flop hub I may run a 14 on one side and maybe a 16 on the other. I'll have to look the calculator to see how much a difference there is with the 15.

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    I ride a 49X15 pretty much all over the city (street, park, velodrome)...and I get my slow ass beat at just about all of the aformentioned locations. But it feels GOOOOD.

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    Just curious, what are the speed ranges (uphill minimum and downhill max speeds)?

    Al

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    damn them's is some stiff gears. i like my seventy three inches. it's sprinty, spinny, hill-capable, and smoothe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noisebeam
    Just curious, what are the speed ranges (uphill minimum and downhill max speeds)?

    Al
    Well the leaders usually finish a lap in under 8 minutes and 30 seconds. The loop is 3.3 miles long, so that would give an average speed of between 23 and 24 mph. I don't have a cyclometer so I can say what the uphill and downhill speeds are.

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    I spin out at 35-38 going down the hill just fooling around but that kills me for racing... I feel like I go 30-33mph on the hill during races. I think that the fast people climb the hill at 15-18mph. You really need to keep your speed in the 22-25 range for the rest of the lap to come in fast. When I'm in a mass start it seems like we start fast (26-28mph) for the first few hundred years and settle down.

    Not every lap is fast, though... if you're with the leader group and no one is attacking a lot of times everyone is conserving energy and going less than 20mph.
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    i go 22 mph up tha bump on my road bike . really hard for me tho. when are we starting spring racing?

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    um... tomorrow night at 10.
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