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Two Teeth Big Difference

Old 10-03-07, 12:40 PM
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Two Teeth Big Difference

On the one hand, I am happy.
My excellent LBS took back my Origin8 crankset, which was just garbage. (Crankarm kept unscrewing itself, and the aluminum was just destroyed; chainring bolts fell out or simply snapped when tightened.) They agreed that it was poor quality, and they gave me a Sugino XD to replace it, asking me only to pay the difference. Nice.
On the other hand, I am slow now.
I wouldn't have thought there'd be that much difference between a 46x16 (Origin8) and a 48x16 (Sugino). But people are just bombing past me on hills, leaving me idling at red lights.

Two teeth, big difference. I sort of prefer the old Bobby Clarke.



New, "improved."





Original flavor.
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Old 10-03-07, 12:45 PM
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Toughen up!

(and that is coming from one running 43x17 ;-))
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change the rear cog to 17 or 18
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It's in your head.
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You think? Feels like it's in my legs.
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grow a pair.
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Your body may be in tune with a 17 or 18 cog.
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Originally Posted by dooktruck View Post
change the rear cog to 17 or 18
or get a smaller rear wheel. will lower your gear inches and make your bike look really, uh, 'sick'.

or something.
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Old 10-03-07, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
Your body may be in tune with a 17 or 18 cog.
+1
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Harden the **** up or get a 17t cog for better skid patch count.
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Get off of BF and go ride that thing till you drop and give it a couple weeks and you should be faster than you where before
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get a 46t chainring... you don't need something alternative to adjust the problem, just fix it at the source.
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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
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Its amazing how fast a 48x16 will go*

*After a full summer of riding 100+ miles a week, going balls to the walls, not working... or sleeping... and eating enough to build some muscle. Spinning that gear, doesn't suck.

** Whats worse is remembering that, after three months off the bike... "I swear... these aren't my legs!"

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Originally Posted by mathletics View Post
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
Says the guy who rides a 42x17....
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my aspirations to go 49x15 sound silly i suppose
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Go for it. Post your hesitations, get the my-dad-is-a-high-school-football-coach-in-Texas treatment from your peers, and you won't believe how quickly you'll fly up hills. Worked for me. Thanks, guys!
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so that explains why my dad calls me a jock when i ride 20 miles on my bike. im currently running 42/15
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wambulance did this really deserve a thread?
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Originally Posted by Bklyn View Post
[ I am slow now.
I wouldn't have thought there'd be that much difference between a 46x16 (Origin8) and a 48x16 (Sugino).
Is 81" not faster than 77.625"?
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Originally Posted by Bklyn View Post
Says the guy who rides a 42x17....
Oh, I don't have that bike anymore. I rode that for about a month after I stepped down from 52/16, so I stand by my original sarcasm.
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Originally Posted by BRANDUNE View Post
Is 81" not faster than 77.625"?
I think he means slower accelerating.

But to the OP: Doesn't it feel awesome when you get up to speed in the flat stretches? You just gotta get used to mashing that stuff. I dropped a few teeth from my chainring and I hated it at first, but now I'm better at spinning and I'll just be all the faster for it if I ever go back.
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48x16 sucks, i hate it. i ran it for a while then i went down to 16x44. feels awesome.
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Ohhhhh.....gotcha
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Originally Posted by wearyourtruth View Post
get a 46t chainring... you don't need something alternative to adjust the problem, just fix it at the source.
Of course. So I can get easily find a 46t chainring (the Sugino RD is 130 BCD, if I understand correctly). Thanks.

I'm just surprised that I can feel such a small difference so clearly.
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