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    What Size Are Your Touring Chainrings?

    Most stock touring bikes come with something in the range of 30/42/52 which is not good for touring with heavy loads, so I'm curious. What does everyone ride?

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    I've a Shimano Ultegra 172.5 crankset, 24(generic)/38/48 TA rings on mine. I've it paired with an 11/32 cassette. For my next tour (oh when, oh when will it be?) I'll allmost certainly swap out the cassette for one of Sheldon Brown's custom ones (or make my own).

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    46/38/26 with a 13-26 8sp rear. I have never used the 26 front.
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    24/36/46 XTR
    11-32 XTR
    28" DT-Swiss rims
    1.75" Continental top touring tires

    I use all my gears, all the time, chose them like this and am realy happy about this setting.
    I must say I am relly heavy (240pounds) and use the bike for touring with 45pound of lugadge

    in my first touring experinence I had

    30/40/52 Tiagra
    12-28 Tiagra
    28" mavic
    1,25" continental toutouring
    I walked alot and was in the first gear alot


    I want to say that the size of the wheels and the size of the tires matters also
    I you calculate (I love excel) you will find out thar between a
    26" wheel with 1" tires and a
    28" wheel with 1,75" tires
    there is 11% differance

    same as 46 big chainwheel and a 52 one (51,75)

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    I had my LBS switch out the stock 105 52/42/30 for a Deore mountain crankset on my new Trek 520. What a difference!! I now fell as though I can climb anything!!!

    Hope this helps.

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    I've got a 48-36-26 with an 11-32. This replaced the 52-42-30 that came on with it. Got mine at the local bike shop at their cost, since they had ordered it and then turned out that person didn't want it.

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    22-32-44 with 12-32 cassette.
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    48/38/24 with a 11-34 for loaded touring. And so far we have been able to climb any hill we have found
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    175mm Suntour XC LTD crank with 46/36/24, either a 11-28 or 12-32 8spd cassette on my bike with 26" wheels. That gives me a low gear inch of about 19.5" if I need it.

    Walking a heavy touring bike up a steep grade isn't fun and doing so usually makes for a wider obstacle for passing vehicles. I'll gladly take my top gear of about 100" to get that granny gear. If I'm going on a tour that stays out of the mountains I throw on the 11-28 cassette.

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    XT 170mm cranks with 22/32/44 chainrings and 12-34 9sp cassette. I usually go through all the chainrings.

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    46-36-24 up front and 11 x 32 (9 sp) in back.

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    thanks for all the respones so far!

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    48-36-26 with an 11-32 in the back. I may go to a 24 tooth chain ring and a 11-34 cassette someday.

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    44-34-22 with 12-14-15-16-17-19-21-25-34 custom cassette

    The tandem has 48-38-28-18 with 12-15-16-17-18-20-23-26-32
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    XT 9 Speed 22-32-44, 175mm, 11-34. I recently returned from an 11 day tour of Prince-Edward Island and with a loaded bike, I never used the 44 chainring but used the 22 everytime there were hills to climb.

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    Crank: 24-36-48
    9-speed cassette: 12-34

    For me, this is an almost "perfect" set-up for lightweight touring. I use the entire range of gears.

    If I were to do it again, I would see whether I could substitute a 22 for the 24 on the crank. On gruelling climbs on high mountain passes, extremely steep hills, in headwinds, or when I am tired, no granny gear is small enough.

    Nevertheless, my current set-up is excellent. Last summer it got me over the Alps.

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    52/28 as I recall. Stock was something like 52/38 I can not recall for sure as it been more than 20 years since I swapped out the smal ring.

    I plan on going to a three ring set soon with index shifting if I can find a set that will fit a Super Le Tour.

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    LX crank with 44/32/22
    11-32 cassette

    I've never needed anything lower than a 32x32, and only for a short stretch. But I haven't really hit the hills with a full load yet.

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    44/32/22 with a 13 - 34 Cyclotouriste Cassette from Sheldon Brown. The cassette is very nice because it gives you very evenly spaced gears. It's not uncommon to be pedaling along quite comfortably, shift up a gear and continue along just as comfortably but even faster.

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    22-32-44 chained to a 12-34 rear cassette seems to do the trick for my fully loaded rig. There were a few times however on my last years tour that I wanted lower gears. Missouri Ozarks in 95 degree temps and the California coast after 5000 miles and some muscle mass loss from not eating enough.

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    48-38-28 with a 12-25 cassette. I practice light weight principles even when 'fully loaded' so I'll never have more than 20 lbs of gear.

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    FSA 53/39/24 crank, 12-34 cassette, 9 speed. I use it for offroad also.
    Last edited by rmwun54; 02-17-06 at 12:40 PM.

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    42-32-22 and 11-32, 8 speed.
    With 35kg of gear and can still climb almost any hill.

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    I rode a 48/38/24 crank (changed the stock 30 to a 24) and an 11-34 cassette on my Cannondale T800 on the two tours I've used it on. I've since changed it to a Race Face Turbine LP with a 44/34/20. I spin out faster going to work but I do appreciate the lower gears. It's much closer to the mountain bikes I ride then to a road bike.
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    I still haven't switched out of my 52-42-30 on the Bianchi, and I do heavy loaded stuff in a pretty wavy landscape most of the time. It stinks though. My smallest gear is 29 inches, which really isnt *that* bad, but I want smaller.

    Building the new tourer right now. This winter is going to be fun, watching parts attach themselves to the frame every month, bit by bit as I save the money to buy them.
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