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Old 10-06-07, 01:58 AM   #1
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170 -> 165 -> 160mm crank

is there a very noticable difference in how hard it is to pedal between the sizes. I'm thinking of moving from a 170 to a 160 because my feet are huge and hit the front wheel.
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No, you'll be fine. Do it. Also, stop trolling. You've had at least 3 stupid posts today. Search function, Sheldon Brown, blah blah blah blah blah.
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yea, the search keeps freezing on me. maybe it doesn't liker linux
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Admittedly, the BF database has issues. I get db errors weekly, and it's not prepared to handle the kind of traffic that it actually gets.

Still, even google will answer all of the stuff you've asked. It's as if you just found out about cycling today and don't know where to look for information.
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is there a very noticable difference in how hard it is to pedal between the sizes. I'm thinking of moving from a 170 to a 160 because my feet are huge and hit the front wheel.
When going from 175 to lower crank lengths - you'll be able to raise your seat height accordingly. Vice versa for the other way around.
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160 is just absurd.

i hope you like feeling like a clown, cause if you're spinning that fast that's what it's gonna be like.
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all this " just search" **** needs to stop
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yea, the search keeps freezing on me. maybe it doesn't liker linux
Nope, search likes Linux fine.
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is there a very noticable difference in how hard it is to pedal between the sizes. I'm thinking of moving from a 170 to a 160 because my feet are huge and hit the front wheel.
That will only buy you an extra 5 mm of clearance. This will probably not solve your toe overlap issues, and it will probably mess up your bike's ergonomics. You should just learn to live with toe overlap like most peoople who ride a track bike; it doesn't cost any money.
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5mm IS noticeable, but you'll get used to it pretty quickly
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I would personally not agree that 160 seems a bit short, i feel like a clown on my 165's sometimes i think if you could try 160s before you buy em that would be wise 160 is bloody short
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Google search prefixed with site:www.bikeforums.net works much better than BF search
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That will only buy you an extra 5 mm of clearance. This will probably not solve your toe overlap issues, and it will probably mess up your bike's ergonomics. You should just learn to live with toe overlap like most peoople who ride a track bike; it doesn't cost any money.
Or if it really bothers you, get a frame that wasn't desinged for riding on the track.
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+1 except I might add that my road conversion gets a teeny tiny bit of overlap with fenders.
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yeah, I'm riding a steel lemond zurich -- its not a track bike.
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dude that's such a tiny amount of overlap. just deal with it.
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ah. ok
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Nope, search likes Linux fine.
Yep and my java script handling is pretty ****ed yet this disaster of a board doesn't kill it.
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My Serotta road bike has more toe overlap than my track bike but neither one presents much of a problem as overlap only occurs at extremely slow speeds and sharp steering angles.
Are you doing slow speed sloloms? Trackstands?
Changing to such short cranks, presumably for street riding, will affect every pedal stroke but the overlap is only an occaisional problem so it seems you will hamper your riding for 99% of the time you ride to help 1% of the time turning.
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These cranks are 165's.



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Old 10-06-07, 03:43 PM   #21
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what the hell are those??
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Admittedly, the BF database has issues. I get db errors weekly, and it's not prepared to handle the kind of traffic that it actually gets.

Still, even google will answer all of the stuff you've asked. It's as if you just found out about cycling today and don't know where to look for information.

So what if he did? Isnt that how most people end up here.

Jesus. If you're gonna just post all day telling people to search. why post at all??


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Yes, you will feel a bit of a difference, but nothing huge. You should go for it.
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Old 10-06-07, 08:00 PM   #23
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yeah, I'm riding a steel lemond zurich -- its not a track bike.
well, first off, learrn to strap yer pedals correctly
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These cranks are 165's.



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I don't understand this search stuff.

If you don't want to talk about it, go somewhere else.

I like talking about these kinds of things and I wouldn't get to talk about them if someone didn't ask.

And, how did the stuff get in search, anyway?

By people talking about it.

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I recently built up a fixed gear mountain bike.

I had to use 175 cranks for a lot of reasons.

I resisted it.

I worried about pedal strikes, but the extremely high bottom bracket of the mountain bike frame resolved the pedal strike issue.

Anyway, it feels great.

This length of crank actually fits me better, and I find I spin as well or better than at 165 or 170.
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