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Old 04-05-10, 06:55 PM   #1
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a few crazy questions that really don't have to be answered

ok these have been bugging the hell out of me.

Whats the max gear ratio that i could possibly get and still be able to ride? Because theres a strip of land in my area that i want to start using to try and train for sprints but more importantly try and see how fast i can go 8) ( its good 1 mile strip of good road no one uses thats flat as a pancake)
and will this just destroy my knees to nothing by next year?

I've been looking and i found a 60 tooth chain ring and then i'll pair it with a 14t tooth cog but the problem is finding high toothed chain rings, is there any crazier ones out there out there?

second question is i really like bullhorns when going around traffic but when i get out onto roads i want to get into drops and just crank it out. is there such thing as bullhorns with drops on them? because i like the space between them and tri-handlebars are just to close together and dont have the kinda
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shape to them. Is there something like this? or does no one understand and do i need to pull out ms paint?
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Old 04-05-10, 07:24 PM   #2
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bullhorns + drop = pursuit bars?
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A massive gear ratio (maybe 90 gear inches or higher) without the legs to power it or the hardware to tolerate it is pointless and will not be of any benefit to you. At that point, you're better off just doing squats or something, and not putting that kind of wear on your cranks, pedals, shoes, frame, etc. Also, at that tall of a gear and the cadence you'll be pedalling with it, you'd be fine with just riding a road bike. 53x11 > 60x14.

And yeah, there are bullhorns with drops- they're called road drops with brakes
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And yeah, there are bullhorns with drops- they're called road drops with brakes
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try and see how fast i can go 8)
then get aerobars


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And yeah, there are bullhorns with drops- they're called road drops with brakes
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But I like the look of bullhorns and there isn't as much grip room compared to them (from what I can see)
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bullhorns + drop = pursuit bars?
I had pursuit bars on my old bike--really liked them.
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But I like the look of bullhorns and there isn't as much grip room compared to them (from what I can see)
You can use whatever bars you already have and buy some cheap clip-on aero bars. You don't have to use them all the time, but if you really want to try and go as fast as you can then you need to get as aero as possible.
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