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Chain Crossover Poll

Old 04-21-10, 09:39 AM
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Chain Crossover Poll

How far do you cross your chain? (Assuming your bike has a ten-speed cassette.)

~My bike has 20 speeds and I have no problem going big-big & small-small.

~My bike has 18 usable speeds. (I don't use the outer gears.)

~My bike has 16 usable speeds. (I don't use the outer two.)

~My bike has 14 usable speeds.

~Fewer?

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Old 04-21-10, 09:53 AM
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I avoid cross training by using a standard, 130mm BCD, crank on both my commuter & Ti road bike. I have a triple on my Brevit bike, this also reduces cross training.

I use 16 speeds most of the time, I'll cross chain for a short distance is some situations.

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Old 04-21-10, 09:55 AM
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An actual poll might have been better, but I'm not sure why this information would be useful. Haven't thought about it personally, but I'd say any combo where I can't hear the chain is fair game. Of course I try to avoid cross-chaining in most cases. This generally means avoiding the combo of small front/rear and big front/rear.
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Old 04-21-10, 09:57 AM
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both my 10-sp and 11-sp bikes can cross chain all day long with minimal noise. i try and avoid it just due to the logistics of riding and shifting. if you're fully cross chained, your options for the next shift are pretty limited. so - yes, i cross chain to the max occasionally, but dont make a habit of it.
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Old 04-21-10, 10:30 AM
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I guess I use about 14 gears... I'm pretty good at not cross chaining and don't mind shifting the FD back and forth.
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Only about 14 without noticeable noise. Must be the compact crank. My older double can go big/big or little/little with very little sound.
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I have a triple crank and almost always use the center chainring. I'll only really switch the chainring if i need a higher or lower gear. Since I also ride on campus, if I'm in with pedestrians (sometimes I have no choice) I'll shift into the smallest chainring to keep me under 6 mph or so...

So to answer your question, I almost never cross the chain and never do the big/big or little/little combo. I'd estimate that most of my riding is done in one of 4 or 5 gears though hahaha
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Old 04-21-10, 11:46 AM
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i'll use 14 gears on my own. in a group, 18 out of the 20
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I only use one front and one rear gear at a time.
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I cross chain big front to big back on the rolling hills. Steady climbs I drop to the little ring.
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My bike is odd in that big-big works really well. Small chainwheel to the lower 3 are pretty much unusable.
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