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Do You Use the Large Front Chainring/Large Rear Cog Combination?

Old 09-10-21, 06:17 PM
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Do You Use the Large Front Chainring/Large Rear Cog Combination?

I just want to know.
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Old 09-10-21, 06:20 PM
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x-chaining isn't advised, but it happens.
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Old 09-10-21, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
x-chaining isn't advised, but it happens.
I had a little difficulty with understanding how to post a poll. I am not sure how to count your response. Would you please vote?
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Old 09-10-21, 06:36 PM
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My question is .... do you?
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Often, yes.
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Yes. I set up my bikes to do it without issue.
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The skinny chain on my 11 speed free-hub doesnt like it, but the chains on my 5 and 6 speed free wheels dont care.
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Can everyone see the poll results?
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Old 09-10-21, 06:52 PM
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no. big front ring and big back is too noisy and sounds like the chain is going to jump off
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I have Rival CX1 which is 1x, so YES.
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Old 09-10-21, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I have Rival CX1 which is 1x, so YES.
Abstain.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I have Rival CX1 which is 1x, so YES.
that's a little different but still a big contrast I'm sure
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Depends on the bike gearing, but in general no.
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I ride a single speed . . . Does that count?
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
that's a little different but still a big contrast I'm sure
40T chainring and 11-32 11 speed cassette.
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Old 09-10-21, 09:08 PM
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It is called cross chaining and it is not good for anything. If you are needing to be in such a crazy gear you probably should have shifted it a long while ago. It is one thing on a 1x drivetrain but 2x or 3x is just silly. You are causing more stress and strain on components and wasting money. If you find yourself only in the bigger ring, time to go 1x.
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Big-Big for me is 52x25 = 55 gear inches
once I get to needing anything under 60 inches, I would be anticipating more uphill grade and already in the small ring (and back down the cassette to a smaller cog...)
If I'm humpin up a rise, out of the saddle, and near the top, I never go below the gear just below, 52x23 - 60 inches, and tough out the remainder.
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Never. I don’t go past 3rd gear (third to the right of the largest cog) before changing the range. There is no need as there are other gears that are similar enough to not have to use that gear combination.
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I try not to, really, but sometimes it happens.
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Not deliberately but I know it happens under duress.

I know from fast group rides on roller coaster terrain on windy days or in noisy traffic that I can't always hear the sound of cross-chaining, and have inadvertently shifted into the big/big combo when sprinting and closing gaps. So I always err on the side of caution with chains and leave them a link or two longer than some cyclists might. If I'm worried about chain slap damaging the chainstay I'll put on some frame protector tape.

Riding solo it would be unusual for me to shift into the big/big combo. I'm rarely in a big rush, and can hear the distinctive sound of cross chaining. But in a fast group ride and loud ambient noise, yeah, it can happen.

Even cyclists who claim they never use the big/big combo will suddenly claim "product defect!" when they accidentally shift into the big/big combo with a chain that's too short, and it rips off the rear derailleur, maybe damages the spokes and frame. Seen it a couple of times with cyclists who swore they didn't shift into the big/big combo, and claimed the derailleur was faulty, etc.
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Originally Posted by Branko D View Post
I try not to, really, but sometimes it happens.
^ Basically this. If you look at the chain line in big-big it looks bloody awful. I avoid using that combo, but sometimes you just end up there momentarily.
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Never.

Nor do I use the small/small.
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I don't see any point with a double chainring. Once I'm on the 3rd largest rear gear I then drop to the small chainring if I want a lower gear.
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Sure, but my big ring is in the middle position
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