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    Is 48x15 really too hard for the city

    This is in and around Manhattan (wash heights) were it is mostly flat but going uptown there are a couple of hills, not too many but stop and go could take some not too much effort (guess geting used to it). I've had this bike for two weeks only so I'm still getting used to it, but everybody I tell says it is too high (or low you correct me) for a beginner. Can I get away with raising just the back cog? If so how much?

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    That is more gear than I care to push. I would put at least a 17 or 18 on the rear. Spinning beats mashing in my book. Of course, that is just me and I do not know how you ride or how strong you are. If it feels comfortable stick with it.

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    44x17 and 49x17 are magical gears for me. just sayin'

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    45:15/16 for me. 18 freewheel if I want to go through (big) hills.

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    I like 65 to 70 gear inches for about 90% of my riding.

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    I pump a 46x15 in ATL. It's pretty hilly here, though.

    Even though 48x15 sounds pretty stiff, generally after a week or so, you'll get used to whatever gear you ride. I say go for it.

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    I'm running a 48x16 in the flatland of FL and it's just about perfect. 48x15 you'll be pushing.

    Figure your average speed and comfy rpms, factor in the hills and get yer gear inches from there. For me it's something around 23mph, 110rpm, blah blah. Bike's still ridable when I'm feeling lazy and pushing 50rpm.
    call me "crash"

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    i learned how to ride track on a 48/16, recently switched to 48/15 after being prompted by a messenger buddy. he claimed it was "the champions choice". Most experienced riders i know go with this gear. i actually find it easier to get up hills, although stopping those last few feet can be difficult, i do skid a lot more though. I find it much easier to lock up at high speeds.

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    I'd advise against it if you're trying to learn to skid, better to start with a lower gear, get the basics down than go for that.

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    Random question of curiosity - how big/tall are some of you that are running the higher gear inches? I mean, I can push a tall gear just fine, but in terms of practicality a lower gear and higher spin just work better with my smaller build.

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    5'7" 140 lbs and I ride 45/15 in Memphis. Not too hilly, but it has its moments. I stand for hills, but I still spin quite a bit going down so I don't want to go much lower. I'd rather fight a hill than spin my legs off going down the other side. I also run a front brake and don't skid, so that's not an issue.

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    Interesting. We're precisely the same size.

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    i wont tell you what gear right for you. how would i know?

    i've ridden 52/16 for periods, but i find 48/16 most comfortable. the bigger gear was awesome when i wanted to "pound" but was tiresome when i was half-awake trying to trudge into class.

    i think the best gear is one that you spin out as often as you feel like you mash it. with the average coming in at your most comfortable cadence. just because you can push a gear, wont necessarily make it ideal.

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    Even if you are strong enough to push 48x15 well, remember your knees. That gear will be pretty serious wear and tear on your knees for daily driving.

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    It depends. Do you want knee arthritis when you're 40?

    Granted I'm in Albany so I have to deal with real hills, and I've had knee injuries in the past, but I roll 53:21 (Satan's gear-inches, wooo!). Spinning is good for you. It makes you stronger.

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    dont forget to think about what if you want to go for a long ride.

    gearing is a preference, some people like to spin, others like to mash.

    if you are getting around fine, maybe it isnt too tall for you.

    then again, maybe you just dont what you like.

    change it up and find out what you like.

    whats the worst that can happen... you have extra chainrings and cogs laying around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryand
    dont forget to think about what if you want to go for a long ride.

    gearing is a preference, some people like to spin, others like to mash.

    if you are getting around fine, maybe it isnt too tall for you.

    then again, maybe you just dont what you like.

    change it up and find out what you like.

    whats the worst that can happen... you have extra chainrings and cogs laying around?
    try to change up whatever costs less, though.
    Because, yeah... uh huh! Umm, yeah!

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    Hehe.
    I'm on a 42/16 right now, but for longer rides the lack of top-end is killing me. thinking about changing up. 48/15 is pretty intense though, Iunno about that unless I had a brake..

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    Quote Originally Posted by exfreewheeler
    try to change up whatever costs less, though.
    yes, cogs cost slightly less, but you can always sell and swap parts with friends.
    (friends because they probably know how much you actually rode on that chainring etc.)
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    Someone should set up a BF cog swap for these kinds of experiments.

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    I currently ride 44x15, that can be a bit much sometimes.

    My girlfriend rides 42x17, now that is just pure heaven. You don't even have to think about stopping, it just happens. You don't have to think about going either, the light goes green and all of a sudden you're cruising along comfortably. I'll be picking up a 16 or 17 tooth cog within the next few weeks.

    I'd rather take it easy. Then again, I also plan on putting some Nitto Promenade bars on my next build...
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    Quote Originally Posted by andre nickatina
    I'd advise against it if you're trying to learn to skid, better to start with a lower gear, get the basics down than go for that.

    +1. low gears till you know how to stop, go up a couple, a few inches at a time as you get more comfortable at spinning and stopping. if you can keep the same cadence on a higher gear (as riding a lower gear will teach you to do), you'll go faster. and you gotta be able to stop fast, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
    Interesting. We're precisely the same size.
    Interesting.. so am I... plus 5 lbs..

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    Not if you like your knees.

    Stopping + starting at lights = pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igneous Faction
    I currently ride 44x15, that can be a bit much sometimes.

    My girlfriend rides 42x17, now that is just pure heaven.
    I'm currently trying a 42x16 right now, and while it's great up the hills, I'm turning about 1000rpm going down. (The hills are steep around here)

    I think a 45x16 with an 18 on the flip side would be the best solution for the varied terrain around here.

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