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Old 07-27-08, 04:40 AM   #1
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best way to regear my Casseroll SS?

I recently built a Salsa Casseroll SS - my first SS - and have overgeared it (not sure that's the right term for 'it's too hard to pedal'). I'm running a 48T front and a 16T in the back. I'm thinking I need to drop it down a bit by either changing the front ring to a 42T OR adding an 18T SS to the rear. I have a flip flop hub and believe I could either remove the 16T or add the 18T to other side of the hub. I would prefer adding the 18T to the back BUT I'm already running out of room in my horizontal drop out (see photo) and fear adding another two teeth could require pulling the axle forward a bit more and make that spacing dangerous. Any advice or other alternatives I should consider? My LBS has recommended changing out the front ring which I'm inclined to follow but was hoping to make use of the flip fop hub. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-27-08, 04:57 AM   #2
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If you are running out of room on the dropout the only thing to do is go to a smaller ring up front which will push the wheel further back into the dropout.

You can calculate your gear inches HERE to help you determine which chainring to get.

48-18 = 70.3
46-18 = 67.4
44-18 = 64.5
42-18 = 61.6

48-16 =79.1
46-16 =75.8
44-16 =72.5
42-16 =69.2

48-18 = 42-16 so the LBS' advice about going with the 42T chainring is good. You can always put the 18T on the other side of the hub and give yourself a climbing gear.
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Old 07-27-08, 08:38 AM   #3
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for some reason i thought the casseroll would have track ends, interesting.
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Why not get the gearing that you'd like and get a new chain? Those Casserolls have really long dropouts, so I don't see why you couldn't just throw an 18T on the other side with an extra couple of links.
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Apologies for such basic question but can I easily get a longer chain? I'm running a whipperman whitestar 108.5" x 1/8". it probably just needs to be an inch or 2 longer.
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Apologies for such basic question but can I easily get a longer chain? I'm running a whipperman whitestar 108.5" x 1/8". it probably just needs to be an inch or 2 longer.
Normally, when you buy a chain, they supply you with many more links than you will need, especially for single speed purposes. When you put the chain on your bike, you remove whatever length of chain you don't need.
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yep, new cog and new chain with 1 or 2 more links. problem solved.

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When you put the chain on your bike, you remove whatever length of chain you don't need.
exactly. and save those extra links in case you need to lengthen the chain for whatever reason.
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