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Old 10-08-09, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
That's what I'm talking about. I dropped to a 17 from a 15. It felt really spinny at first, but once I learned how to spin my legs, I was much faster on that gear than I was on the 15 because it required much less force. Granted, now that I have learned how to spin faster if I wanted to spin out on my 48x15 combo (there is a nice 2-3 mile decent I ride out here) I could probably hit ~47/48mph.


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I have a cycling computer. When I know my speed, I can figure my cadence.

And destikon, don't hate because you're slow.

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Well with sheldon brown's calculator, he'll get about 30mph at 120rpm. If he can hold a real fast cadence then I don't think it's totally out of the question.
He needs a cadence of 190 to go 47.57 mph
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Old 10-08-09, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by destikon View Post
He needs a cadence of 190 to go 47.57 mph
I rule this claim out.
eh, we don't know what he's capable of
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Old 10-09-09, 03:12 PM
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For my fixed gear: 39x16 on 700x28c = 65.2 gear inches.

It's my commuter and around-town bike, so comfort is more important than speed. I find 13-21 MPH (~65 - 110 RPM) a good, comfortable range.
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Old 10-09-09, 03:57 PM
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I've been riding a SS for all of a week now, and I run 46x16. I'm already considering a 15T freewheel. Try harder and get some protein after every ride.
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Old 10-09-09, 04:36 PM
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cc700 nailed it...grow a pair...i have been riding for about a year and learned on a 42-16 langster and still run that bike as my daily commute...build some muscle in those legs and youll learn to work your gears...anything lower the 65 be willing to spin out down hills...
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Old 10-09-09, 06:38 PM
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I drafted a car up to 49mph as measured by my cyclocomputer. 48-17 gearing 23c tires. I didnt think it was possibly to spin that fast but when drafting it feels like the car is sucking you forward. I have hit 36mph sprinting on flat with no wind protection. I had a taller gear (52-17), I never felt like I could hit the speeds I hit now. I was always pedaling harder and my avg was lower.

I think gear ratios are personal preference. Ride whatever you like and dont worry about what others run. If you like 55 gear inches ride 55 gear inches. Some people cruise around on sidewalks and in traffic where 20+ is not possible. Why not ride 50 gear inches it would be tons of fun.
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Old 10-09-09, 07:49 PM
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It seems like you're not accelerating from a stop as fast as you'd like, and you're not complaining of spinning out at high speed? No other information is needed or relevant: Get a bigger cog.

Nobody knows better than you what gear you want; they don't ride your commute at your preferred speeds using your legs. Cogs are cheap, keep the ones you take off and you can change your mind a whole bunch of times without spending much.
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Old 10-09-09, 07:51 PM
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on my ss, i ride 42/17 in a VERY hilly area but i spin out on downhills, flatland is fine, uphills are probably a little too easy.
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