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    need help with gearing

    Just rode my new '09 Madison for the first time

    1st order of business is to change the gearing. It is currently 48:18 and feels like I'm peddling my ass off and going slow

    my previous bike was 47:14 and i was pretty happy with that. Soooo, I'm thinking i just need to get a 14 tooth rear free wheel, but wanted to ask here first. This is my first time thinking about this, so please pardon my ignorance

    or would it be better to go bigger on the front?

    thanks

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    The smallest freewheel is only a 15t. You could try a 51/15, it gives you about the same gear inches.

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    thanks vixtor

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    51/15?! You're a monster. 90 gear inches for regular use makes me die a little on the inside.
    No matter how bad things get, they can't get any better, and they can't get any worse, things are what they are, so you better get used to it Nancy, quit your B*tchin'

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    man up and spin
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    or go fixed and keep spinning
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    once you go fixed.....
    ...you generally go back in like a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    man up and spin
    i thought wanting to go faster was more manly. spinning seems like a complete waste of energy that could otherwise be used to get to work faster. or am i more clueless than originally thought?

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    real men don't worry about wasting energy, they just ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustachiod View Post
    i thought wanting to go faster was more manly. spinning seems like a complete waste of energy that could otherwise be used to get to work faster. or am i more clueless than originally thought?
    Spinning is more manly by far. Because when the other guy is out of breath your cardiovascular system is in so much better shape that you can knock him off of his bike and beat him up. Thats what really makes you a man. Remember that, beat people up and you're a man.

    Nawww, not really. 90 GI is a bit intense though.

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    you're obviously only riding downhill.
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    my first bike ended up at 48 / 16 and i'm pretty darn happy =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookie View Post
    you're obviously only riding downhill.
    no downhill, no uphill, just flat. it's like a racetrack with stoplights, pedestrians, busses, cars and potholes thrown in for excitement.

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    52-16 on most of my FGs
    Some people like to spin, some don't.
    I don't. Get a taller gear and try it.
    BF does not have the answer to what you will be happy with.

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    I ride 48x18 on flat terrain and I'm fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by powers2b View Post
    52-16 on most of my FGs
    Some people like to spin, some don't.
    I don't. Get a taller gear and try it.
    BF does not have the answer to what you will be happy with.

    Enjoy
    I have a 48/16 and a 52/16 (thinking about going 15).. I don't know why these people think you cant go uphill on that!! I live in a hilly area and its not a huge issue. Man up!

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    I use to ride a 48/16, now am on a 43/16.

    I can't imagine 90+gi in my area, that would be crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustachiod View Post
    i thought wanting to go faster was more manly. spinning seems like a complete waste of energy that could otherwise be used to get to work faster. or am i more clueless than originally thought?
    I can spin up to 20mph and holding it with 64 gear inches. It took time but I got there. I can go faster, but thats when the spinning starts to get a little taxing but it's do able. I don't know your terrain, but here there are plenty of flats and rolling hills and climbs. My gear is also great in traffic because it's easy to get the bike up to speed. Traffic is my main reason for going so low, if there was none then I'd probably do 70 gear inches for street.

    I'm not saying you need to go low like me and spin like 100+ all the time. Maybe you can try something in the middle, like 48x17. I think you current gear is an indication that you should work towards relying on your legs for speed and not your gear ratio, but that's just my opinion.
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    OK, i'm trying to figure this out. too much math involved, I found this chart and I think I'm following you now . http://www.aboc.com.au/tips-and-hint...ike-gear-chart

    ex: 47/14 = 90.6 GI and 48/18 = 72.0 GI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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