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Opinions on gearing please?

Old 06-14-06, 03:16 PM
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Opinions on gearing please?

I currently ride a Flyte SRS-2 50-38 double with a 12-27 cassette. I ride alone most of the time in Northeastern Illinois(read FLAT). I never get off the large ring and mostly ride in one gear while maybe going up or down a gear if I get on an incline or decline. I am looking to do more riding in southern Wisconsin(read hilly but not crazy steep). I am 5'5 144 so I am not a big guy, I ride at an average around 16.5-17 mph on my normal rides. I went to a ride this past weekend that was in the area I want to ride in more and I had no problem using my Bike Friday with 20" wheels and a 93-28 combination. It was pretty hilly. I was rarely on the 28 if even at all.
Does the 38-27 combination on my Flyte look like it will be okay for some terrain with more rollers?
I am not looking to invest in a compact if I can help it. If I were looking at the Hilly Hundred or the Kickapoo Kicker then I might reconsider.
I realize this is subjective so what say you?
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Old 06-15-06, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Kenal0
..... I had no problem using my Bike Friday with 20" wheels and a 93-28 combination. It was pretty hilly. I was rarely on the 28 if even at all. Does the 38-27 combination on my Flyte look like it will be okay for some terrain with more rollers?
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I find this confusing, but you should be able to climb anything in SE Wisconsin in a 39x24. Depending on the roads you pick, you may get worn down after grinding in that gear over and over, but any one climb is doable in that gear or bigger.

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Old 06-15-06, 02:04 AM
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Unless you find yourself on grades of >8% for >4-5 miles, which I assume are VERY hard to find in Wisconsin, you will be absolutely fine with a 38-27. Heck, I know guys who did the torture 10,000 in Oregon on 39-27 and were fine. That ride had over 13,000 elevation in 100 miles.

If you stay above 75-80 RPM as much as possible and don't mash (unlike me), you will have enough left in your legs for whatever Wisconsin can throw at you with a 38-27.
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Originally Posted by Kenal0
I currently ride a Flyte SRS-2 50-38 double with a 12-27 cassette. I ride alone most of the time in Northeastern Illinois(read FLAT). I never get off the large ring and mostly ride in one gear
Originally Posted by Kenal0
I realize this is subjective so what say you?
Definitely no need for a compact. What you need is some souplése.

You, my friend, are what the Dutch call a 'polder stomper'. Which means you're always in the big ring, and most likely you spin out at 45 rpms, or if that's too high you spin out at 33

This is not subjective, this is fact.

Do yourself a favor and ignore your big ring for the rest of the summer. if you're average speed is 16-17 MPH then you can easy ride your 38x17/19/21 at a decent/good/great cadence and ride faster while you're at it.
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Originally Posted by botto
Definitely no need for a compact. What you need is some souplése.

You, my friend, are what the Dutch call a 'polder stomper'. Which means you're always in the big ring, and most likely you spin out at 45 rpms, or if that's too high you spin out at 33

This is not subjective, this is fact.

Do yourself a favor and ignore your big ring for the rest of the summer. if you're average speed is 16-17 MPH then you can easy ride your 38x17/19/21 at a decent/good/great cadence and ride faster while you're at it.
Next time I go out I will stay on the small ring and give it a tryI am normally on the big ring but only on the 3 or 4th cassette and I am running around 80 rpm but I will try finding a comforable spot on the 38(yes that is correct, FSA makes a 38 that I run on the 130BCD crank). Thanks for the replys.
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I go up Chantilly on my DA DBL 10 with a 28 . It is a series of cliffs hooked together with brutal switch backs . You have plenty of gear range for the mid west
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