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What do pros use?

Old 02-10-11, 03:03 AM
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What do pros use?

Hey guys i'am newbie into cycling.
i have 50-34 front and 12-25 rear.
what do pros have? is it much harder than this?

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They're all over the map. They'll frequently use different setups on different stages.

Many go with something a little taller, like a 53/42 up front. I hear occasional tales of 44/54 chainrings even 56T.

Quite a few go with your setup on steep stages

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Originally Posted by plx View Post
Hey guys i'am newbie into cycling.
i have 50-34 front and 12-25 rear.
what do pros have? is it much harder than this?

thks
depends.

also irrelevant.
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Most of 'em are pretty run of the mill except for the time trial bikes. That's where you'll see neat stuff like 54/48 chainrings 11-21 straight blocks and the like.
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Originally Posted by plx View Post
Hey guys i'am newbie into cycling.
i have 50-34 front and 12-25 rear.
what do pros have? is it much harder than this?

thks
the gearing isn't what makes it hard. its how fast they turn it.
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Old 02-10-11, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
depends.

also irrelevant.
Yet another useless botto post. At least you didn't post the always informative "use the search function" bs.
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Old 02-10-11, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
Yet another useless botto post. At least you didn't post the always informative "use the search function" bs.
He is right though, so calling it "useless" is off the mark. Now instead of pointing out the perceived uselessness of someone else's post you could have at least answered the OP's question; yours is the useless post since it is completely irrelevant.

plx: it depends because they'll have different set ups for the terrain they race in. it's irrelevant because it's what you do with the gears you have that matters. You have a compact crankset which generally speaking is preferred in areas with a lot of climbing but it won't hold you back if you can spin hard gears fast.
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Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
Yet another useless botto post. At least you didn't post the always informative "use the search function" bs.
incorrect

Spring classics such as P-R: 54/53-42T with 11-23T
Normal stage in a stage race: 53-39T with 11-25T
Riding up Zoncolan or Plan de Corones: 52/36T with 11-28T, 50/34T with 11-28T, etc.

really does depends, and mostly irrelevant b/c they can produce so much more power (on average, ~6w/kg vs 3w/kg)

Originally Posted by plx View Post
Hey guys i'am newbie into cycling.
i have 50-34 front and 12-25 rear.
what do pros have? is it much harder than this?

thks
can you put out at least 5.5w/kg for an hour?

edit: opps, Jorge ninja-ed me.
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Old 02-10-11, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
He is right though, so calling it "useless" is off the mark. Now instead of pointing out the perceived uselessness of someone else's post you could have at least answered the OP's question; yours is the useless post since it is completely irrelevant.

plx: it depends because they'll have different set ups for the terrain they race in. it's irrelevant because it's what you do with the gears you have that matters. You have a compact crankset which generally speaking is preferred in areas with a lot of climbing but it won't hold you back if you can spin hard gears fast.
Agreed, but my post is only a hair bit more useless than his. While mine provides no useful information to the OP, his provides only a hair more. It doesn't actually explain why it depends or why it's irrelevant, like your post does.

But that pseudo-intellectual smart-alecky thing is bottos mo, so I guess I shouldn’t really expect anything more.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
He is right though, so calling it "useless" is off the mark. Now instead of pointing out the perceived uselessness of someone else's post you could have at least answered the OP's question; yours is the useless post since it is completely irrelevant.

plx: it depends because they'll have different set ups for the terrain they race in. it's irrelevant because it's what you do with the gears you have that matters. You have a compact crankset which generally speaking is preferred in areas with a lot of climbing but it won't hold you back if you can spin hard gears fast.
We should just put up a sticky telling newbies they shouldn't even ask questions. What the eff do they think BF is, a discussion board? Whatever they're wondering has been discussed before and that the correct answer depends on a number of factors.

Endless repetitive replies consisting of three or fewer words that are technically correct, but which few actually asking the original question would know how to interpret are always welcome.

Hey plx! The reason different gear combos exist is because what's optimal depends on where you ride and how strong you are.
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Harder? Because u have 50x12 in the bike doesn't mean u have to use it all the time. Doesn't mean they use it all the time also. U are talking about guys that move 53x15 or 14 over 100 rpms for hours. Agree that the deal is how u use the gears and I must add, if you don't have high cadence built, no matter what gears u have, you will continue sucking.

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Hey guys i'am newbie into cycling.
i have 50-34 front and 12-25 rear.
what do pros have? is it much harder than this?

thks
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
We should just put up a sticky telling newbies they shouldn't even ask questions. What the eff do they think BF is, a discussion board? Whatever they're wondering has been discussed before and that the correct answer depends on a number of factors.

Endless repetitive replies consisting of three or fewer words that are technically correct, but which few actually asking the original question would know how to interpret are always welcome.

Hey plx! The reason different gear combos exist is because what's optimal depends on where you ride and how strong you are.
you really need to dial down the grumpy fred shtick. it's not working for you.
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Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
Yet another useless botto post. At least you didn't post the always informative "use the search function" bs.
it's always entertaining when anonymous schmucks start 'snapping' at my ankles.

thanks for the laughs.
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You should set up your gearing based on your fitness and terrain... do what works for YOU, not what works for the pros.

Since you're a newbie -- you should probably just ride more before swapping out any gearing. Besides, a 34x25 is a pretty low gear anyway...
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it's always entertaining when anonymous schmucks start 'snapping' at my ankles.

thanks for the laughs.
You're welcome. I'm always happy to bring a smile to someone, even the elitist jerks!
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
We should just put up a sticky telling newbies they shouldn't even ask questions. What the eff do they think BF is, a discussion board? Whatever they're wondering has been discussed before and that the correct answer depends on a number of factors.

Endless repetitive replies consisting of three or fewer words that are technically correct, but which few actually asking the original question would know how to interpret are always welcome.

Hey plx! The reason different gear combos exist is because what's optimal depends on where you ride and how strong you are.
Much like the "real world" people have the option of providing answers in the way they see fit, and the poster has the option of probing or waiting for a response which best answers his question.
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you really need to dial down the grumpy fred shtick. it's not working for you.
Pot calling the kettle black.
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but what I want to know is: if a pro isn't using campy how can they possibly have an 11-21 straight block?
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I've always found the average consumer road bike gearing too high. If pros are fine with a 52T or 54T, a 50T is way too high for me.
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Originally Posted by plx View Post
Hey guys i'am newbie into cycling.
i have 50-34 front and 12-25 rear.
what do pros have? is it much harder than this?

thks
I think you're interested in what you should use and comparing it with the pro's. Otherwise you would not have mentioned that you're a new rider.
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Pot calling the kettle black.
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depends.

also irrelevant.
Botto is right.
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Originally Posted by AngrySaki View Post
I've always found the average consumer road bike gearing too high. If pros are fine with a 52T or 54T, a 50T is way too high for me.
It really depends on terrain, fitness, and the kind of riding you do. If 50T is too high, you probably aren't racing criteriums or bombing descents, lol.
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"Jens' big ring is 56. His rear cassette is 11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-12."

I love that one...
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