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Old 07-07-08, 03:40 PM
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How many of you change your chainrings and/or cassettes, depending on the course you will ride (i.e. flat versus hilly/climbs)?

If so, then what do you use for each specific type of terrain?
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I just pick a cassette that covers most of the terrain I will probably ride. 12-25 seems to be good for flats and hilly sections (for me anyhow).
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Never. 53/39 x 11/26 seems to cover everything I need.
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I've been riding on the same cassette range (12-23) for a loooooong time. With a 53/39, that's what I'd use on long Colorado climbs, short/steep Austin climbs, and flat races.
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i run a 53/39 up front, and 11-25 in the back.

was using 11-23 in the rear, but a three-pass double-century warranted some extra teeth back there. so far, so good.
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I've increased my chainring gearing as I've gotten stronger, but I don't change it on a day-to-day basis. 53/39 w/ 11-26 covers a lot of range.
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I just bought a used bike, it came with a SRAM Force group set: 53/39t chain ring, 12/25t cassette.
Is that a good general purpose range?
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Originally Posted by hrt4me View Post
I just bought a used bike, it came with a SRAM Force group set: 53/39t chain ring, 12/25t cassette.
Is that a good general purpose range?
yes, that's what most bikes are equiped with.

34/50 compact with 11-25 or 11-26 is much better in hilly terrain however.
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50/36 w/ 11/26.......covers pretty much most everything around here except for those long and steep climbs in NH and VT
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Originally Posted by hrt4me View Post
I just bought a used bike, it came with a SRAM Force group set: 53/39t chain ring, 12/25t cassette. Is that a good general purpose range?
Depends on how strong you are and how many hills you have. Some riders find a compact or triple helpful for climbing. If you have trouble climbing with your current gearing then you can investigate lower gearing.
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I just change bikes.
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