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Old 04-05-20, 06:54 AM
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I think your new 10 speed IM has a compact 34-50 in the front with a 11-28 in the back. That gives you pretty good uphill gears. Compare that with normal IM gears: 42-52 in the front and 13-24 in the back which is for "real" Ironpeople. Hit that hill near your house a few time and switch bikes each time to feel what's what. Then for the ratio lesson, Put each bike on the trainer and work through the gears while your son turns the cranks by hand. Start from a dead stop with each gear change.
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High of 64 today cloudy and 30% chance of rain. Basically not my favorite kind of weather but close enough for me to finally ride again, since it's been raining . My favorite type of weather is 80į and above, blue sky and puffy white (cumulus)clouds. By the time I head out it'll be about 58į. I think I'll ride my straight up road bike otherwise known as the only bike I own with regular road bars.
Thursday I was ready to ride, but about 15 min before my wife got home it started to rain and it was cold. Then it continued to rain friday. Friday I was set to run outside but rain, no big deal. But when my wife gets home she said I can't run in the rain, too risky, I could get sick, compromise my immune system, the works. First I don't believe you get sick from cold or raining weather but maybe it does make my body work harder to regulate temp and thereby making my body susceptible to illness...maybe. But since shes the only one bringing home the bacon (literally and figuratively) I just said yes dear. My wife is the designated person in our household to go to the store or anywhere for that matter. Although I'm NOT high risk, I Do Not have diabetes, high blood pressure, or any health issues. However, I'm 56 and she's 21 years younger than me and the Onus is on her (and unfortunate stress) and btw that was her decision. But her argument was she's still working out in the world, I'm home with my 5 yo daughter (as usual) and she falls in the safest age range statistically speaking. All I know is she's been our Hero and we let her know that ...daily.
Back to riding, I think I'll be on my '89 Summertime Blues Ironman. It's the one I only ride when I'm riding with my bike buddy. But since we're not riding together I'll take it out for a good spin. Shoot, I might even ride 26 today.
Oh the subject of gear ratios, I have not a clue what those numbers by inches or whatever mean. I just go by feel. However, I do remember BITD when I was good, I generally was in the 52x15 or 17 and have no idea what or how many inches. But it sure was the sweet spot for me. Now a days it's more 42x something easy.
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Old 04-05-20, 09:12 AM
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Now a days it's more 42x something easy.
Yup, I'm 66 years young and this about sums it up for me.
I'm usually in the 42 x 15-19 range.

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Old 04-05-20, 10:53 AM
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'Gear inches' are just a more precise way of expressing how easy or difficult a gear combination is:
Rear gear teeth divided by chain ring teeth times diameter of the tire (if you multiply this times Pi, 3.14, then you get the actual number of inches traversed per full crankshaft rotation, but nobody does that cuz it just makes all the resulting numbers larger).
The higher the gear inch result, the harder it is to turn the crank arms and the faster you go. Note that this is more precise than just using the gear ratio because it takes into account the actual size of the wheel/tire combination.
So, a 52/14 on a bike with 700X23 tires is different than riding 52/14 on a bike with 700X32 tires. Even between tires of the same nominal size, there are differences in the diameter when actually mounted.

Interesting fact: on the same bike using the same rims and tires, a 42/16 is pretty much the same as a 52/20. Is one better than the other? Discuss!
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' Is one better than the other? Discuss!

I'll give you a topic -- a "gear inch" is neither a gear, nor, per se, an inch -- discuss!
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If I'm on a climb, the 42/16 allows me easy down shifting. The 52/20 is better on the flats as I can up shift easier. Shifting in the opposite direction, quickly deteriorates to cross chaining.
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It's also about the same as the upper 2 cogs with a 30T chainring. Which one is the best? That depends on what the terrain looks like coming up. I like being on the big ring, generally. But, a couple of shifts of the FD gets me mountain goat mode. One shift back the other way with the FD and I can go either way. I always have options. It just depends on what's down the road.
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Old 04-05-20, 05:53 PM
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I got out on my Purple haze today

Here are some pictures. I rode 51 Socially Distant miles.





The grasshoppers are out the schools shut down and Texas is blooming. People are wearing masks but don't seem to be staying home. Strange times but getting out helps.
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Old 04-05-20, 06:55 PM
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The first picture wasn't really about the sign it was supposed to show the school which should be a beehive of activity was dark and no one there. If it offended anyone it wasn't meant to.
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Wow that's a nice little LeMans. 50 cm? Is anyone getting out in N.Y. to buy bikes?
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The first picture wasn't really about the sign it was supposed to show the school which should be a beehive of activity was dark and no one there. If it offended anyone it wasn't meant to.
High schools are still using 4 letter spirit acronyms! What does BOJO stand for? I'm guessing the J is for Jackrabbits. WF Rider HS, which is close to the original start/finish line of the Hotter N Hell, used/uses ROHO. They are the Rider Raiders.
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High schools are still using 4 letter spirit acronyms! What does BOJO stand for? I'm guessing the J is for Jackrabbits. WF Rider HS, which is close to the original start/finish line of the Hotter N Hell, used/uses ROHO. They are the Rider Raiders.
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From what I understand the RR designation for the stop in Bowie was BOJO . Somehow it morphed into Boosting our Jackrabbits Onward.
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Good to see The Carbonman again. Forgot how good it looks. Looks like Spring has arrived in Central Texas.
Was able to get Old Ironbutt out for 36 enjoyable miles today.
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I love this man what size is it I just picked up one of these in 58cm I gotta get a shorter stem though itís like 120mm
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I love this man what size is it I just picked up one of these in 58cm I gotta get a shorter stem though itís like 120mm
Pics?
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Good to see The Carbonman again. Forgot how good it looks. Looks like Spring has arrived in Central Texas.
Was able to get Old Ironbutt out for 36 enjoyable miles today.
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Looking good JD.
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WOW, THATS AMAZING! RobbieTunes fleslider jim dandy
So where did you get it and how much is original? Any back story to it?
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WOW, THATS AMAZING! RobbieTunes fleslider jim dandy
So where did you get it and how much is original? Any back story to it?
I got it from a buddy of mine who got it in. Another bike deal I mean I changed the bar tape and put my other road pedals on it the groupswt is full shimano 600 so itís pretty much fully complete other than the tires saddle and pedals everything is original
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I got it from a buddy of mine who got it in. Another bike deal I mean I changed the bar tape and put my other road pedals on it the groupswt is full shimano 600 so itís pretty much fully complete other than the tires saddle and pedals everything is original
Very cool to know. What state are you located in? This is probably the fourth or fifth we've ever seen. Was your buddy the original owner? Whst is the serial number? Finally, Welcome to Ironman asylum.
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Very cool to know. What state are you located in? This is probably the fourth or fifth we've ever seen. Was your buddy the original owner? Whst is the serial number? Finally, Welcome to Ironman asylum.
Iím in Ohio the bike came from a guy somewhere in Kentucky . And thanks for having me I been after one of these since I was a kid . Anyone have 56cm they wanna swap me or shorter stem ? Iíll get the serial number tonight and no he wasnít.
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Iím in Ohio the bike came from a guy somewhere in Kentucky . And thanks for having me I been after one of these since I was a kid . Anyone have 56cm they wanna swap me or shorter stem ? Iíll get the serial number tonight and no he wasnít.
Thanks for your replys.
Your bike looks like a 60cm to me.
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Thanks for your replys.
Your bike looks like a 60cm to me.
I hope not lol I was told it was a 58cm the top tube measured 57cm I believe.
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