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    Who needs an upgrade, my bike or myself

    I feel like my bike is undergeared. I feel like I am spinning faster than I want and lighter than I can.



    for technical information about what kind of bike and gearing I am talking about - just click here


    Should I just learn to spin or will I benefit from the internal hub I just got?

    Thank you.

    Rafael

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    new bike

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    Thank you boardline, but getting a new bike is not an option.

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    as soon as i get some spare parts or frames i no who to donate em to. you need soe more resistance, larger cogs on the cassette or a larger ring on the crank, larger as in circumfrence allowing more teeth in the drivetrain. Try to look into that, or ride up hill, that should provide the resistence ur looking for in a work out. was that bike a gift or something, i didnt know people bought those dwarft bike with intentions on using em often? spinning like a madman is not an eeficent way of riding a bike, so dont bother learning to adjust to the lack of proper resistance. but at least consider a new bike. To help put itno a general perspective, its like a kids bike, its designed to go about 10 mph, and usally no more, those bikers wizzing by you, they arent on kids bike.

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    Learn to spin... Just ride more, after 500 hours of riding, you won't even notice the gearing..

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    Living in Fla, the use of a 32t cassette on a 20" wheel bike boggles the mind. I would think you only need a five speed. Think about an 11-22 or 11-23 cassette, that combined with your 3spd hub ought to match your riding better. If you can average 18mph, you will never use the 27/32 tooth cassette cogs. Shoot for a cadence in the 80-90 range as an achievable cadence. Some people can maintain cadences in the 100 or even 100+ range but most can't for any length of time. Typical cadences, for most club riders will be in the 60-75 range, for comparison purposes with 'better' riders typically 75-90 rpm cadences (ie riders that can average 17-22mph for 50+ miles).
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by .:Jimbo:.
    was that bike a gift or something, i didnt know people bought those dwarft bike with intentions on using em often? To help put itno a general perspective, its like a kids bike, its designed to go about 10 mph, and usally no more, those bikers wizzing by you, they arent on kids bike.
    Hey Jimbo,

    Thank you for your contribution. The bike was not a gift, I actually paid for it but it came from Japan and it is a "hard to find item". This bike is not designed to go about 10mph and usually I pass more people on mine than I get passed.

    There is a U.S. based manufacture that can help you understanding more about 20" wheels. Please take a look at www.bikefriday.com

    Once again, thank you for the hints, more teeth on it's way for my bike.

    Rafael

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    Quote Originally Posted by sch
    Living in Fla, the use of a 32t cassette on a 20" wheel bike boggles the mind. I would think you only need a five speed. Think about an 11-22 or 11-23 cassette, that combined with your 3spd hub ought to match your riding better. If you can average 18mph, you will never use the 27/32 tooth cassette cogs. Shoot for a cadence in the 80-90 range as an achievable cadence. Some people can maintain cadences in the 100 or even 100+ range but most can't for any length of time. Typical cadences, for most club riders will be in the 60-75 range, for comparison purposes with 'better' riders typically 75-90 rpm cadences (ie riders that can average 17-22mph for 50+ miles).
    Steve
    Thank you Steve. From time to time I take this bike to Brazil, where I do need the mega range/34T as well as the internal hub on undergeared mode.

    I'll be working on my cadence based on what you told me. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you everybody else for your time.

    Rafael

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