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Old 08-10-18, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
FYI you are using accurate but non-standard calculation to come up with your gear inches. Most people do 27 * chainring/cog. You're using 26.X, which is the true diameter of the wheel. But most people use 27 as the multiplier, and call a 51x15 a 91.8" gear, a 48/14 a 92.5, etc.

I think low 90s is the right zone for a Cat 3. 51-15 or 48-14.
I went with 48x14 yesterday and took a spin around the track, did a few standing and rolling lap sprints, etc. Felt pretty good so I'll try that. However, if the guys are fast and frisky tonight (it appears the regional masters 50+ champ will be in the field, who also races Cat 1 elite), I may have to bump up to 52x15. That would be convenient, actually, given it's what I use for a 2K. My may goal tonight as a new Cat 3 racer is to just hang on and survive, grab a wheel, not screw myself over.
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