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Old 02-16-05, 07:09 PM
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Old 02-16-05, 07:25 PM
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56/42/32 on a 11/32 rear cassette
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Old 02-16-05, 07:25 PM
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on the road bike, 39/53 and 12-25.

on the cyclo-cross bike [pictured below after a race], 38/48 and 13-26.
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Old 02-16-05, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by velocipedio
on the road bike, 39/53 and 12-25.

on the cyclo-cross bike [pictured below after a race], 38/48 and 13-26.
Great pic!
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Old 02-16-05, 07:52 PM
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53/42 --- 11-23

Our only hills are overpasses!
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Old 02-16-05, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
Great pic!
here's a picture showing how the bike got so dirty. i now have it framed on the wall. the bike passing me is a teammate. we were both laughing through the anaerobic broncial spasms.
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Old 02-16-05, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by dog hair
.it's like showing your M4 to someone and they say, "cool, can i fire it?" and all you can say back is, "naw, man..no bullets. but if i did..."
M4 is passe (although it's still cool) Now it's a plastic green m8 carbine. (err...XM8).

Too bad you couldn't buy a semi automatic version of an M8.
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Old 02-16-05, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Brett 12
M4 is passe (although it's still cool) Now it's a plastic green m8 carbine. (err...XM8).

Too bad you couldn't buy a semi automatic version of an M8.
i'm not going to call it passe until it's not being used anymore. if you want a plastic carbine, get a beretta.
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Old 02-16-05, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by dog hair
i'm not going to call it passe until it's not being used anymore. if you want a plastic carbine, get a beretta.
I hear you. I think the new XM8 looks like crap. LOL!

AR15 with green plastic looks better. (I'd still take black)
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Old 02-16-05, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by lowracer1
56/42/32 on a 11/32 rear cassette
Now that's a setup with some range. You can probably still be pedaling at 50mph with that 56/11 combination.
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Old 02-17-05, 12:51 AM
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Even better, I really gotta get more bikes going and race. THIS YEAR!
When I wipe into the mud, no ones around to see, that's no fun!
You have my respect sir, as a fellow eater of dirt.
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Old 02-17-05, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Belugadave
Now that's a setup with some range. You can probably still be pedaling at 50mph with that 56/11 combination.
56-11, huh? Now that's that a downhill gear!
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Old 02-17-05, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Belugadave
Ultegra 53-39 double up front with an XT 11-34 on the back. I love the range it gives me and I use all of those gears on almost every ride, especially when I head up into the Colorado Rockies. OK, I'm a fat guy at 210 pounds so I'm slow going up the hills, but real fast going down them (gravity takes over in both cases). I bought my 1999 LeMond Zurich with a double before I knew I really needed a triple. It was cheaper to change out the rear derailler and cassette than change out the double.

sounds like fun 11-34/// what does the 39 + 34 work out too??? Hay Brett 12 what ya think about the 11-34 and compact for the death ride? I can't seem to get my mind around a hill that needs that much low gear.....crazyness
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double, 53/39 front and 12-25 in the back. I love to climb... can't get enough.
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Old 02-17-05, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ggg300
sounds like fun 11-34/// what does the 39 + 34 work out too??? Hay Brett 12 what ya think about the 11-34 and compact for the death ride? I can't seem to get my mind around a hill that needs that much low gear.....crazyness
11-34 doesn't sound like my idea of fun (11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30, 34). Whoa!!!Too may gaps.

For the death ride I'll be bringing a triple (insurance policy). I'd like to use a road cassette with a small granny ring. You get a 28T granny ring and with a 12-27 you have almost same gearing as cpmpact with mtn cassette. Biggest difference will be that the ratios will be so much closer.

Mtn cassettes aren't all bad because you can make some decent custom cassettes out of them.

BTW, I hear a lot of guys bring lower gearing than 1:1. I hear a lot use a 24T grany with 32T cog on back
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Originally Posted by ggg300
sounds like fun 11-34/// what does the 39 + 34 work out too??? Hay Brett 12 what ya think about the 11-34 and compact for the death ride? I can't seem to get my mind around a hill that needs that much low gear.....crazyness
What do you mean "what does it work out too?" If you're looking for gear inches, I think it works out to be 30.4 on my bike. Or you could say it's a ratio of 1.15 which is lower than say a 30 + 25 which is a ratio of 1.20 and what you get with a typical triple setup. The hills are all the same, how low a gear you need just depends on how old and fat and out of shape you are.
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Originally Posted by Belugadave
What do you mean "what does it work out too?" If you're looking for gear inches, I think it works out to be 30.4 on my bike. Or you could say it's a ratio of 1.15 which is lower than say a 30 + 25 which is a ratio of 1.20 and what you get with a typical triple setup. The hills are all the same, how low a gear you need just depends on how old and fat and out of shape you are.
53/39 and 11-34 sounds like a really bad combo. Better off with a triple.

I shudder to think how difficult it would be to get into the 53-11 if you had to jump straight from 53-13!!

Getting into 53-11 is harder enough from 53-12.

Look at these jumps 53-17, 53-15, 53-13, 53-11. Wow that's tough!!!!!
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
You have my respect sir, as a fellow eater of dirt.
why, thank you.

the neat thing about doing cyclo-cross is that everyone thinks you're nuts. they just don't realize that it's the most fun you can have with your lungs about to explode.
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Current Bike: 52/42 with 11-21 7 speed

Bike being built: 50/34 with 12-25 cassette. After 18 years riding Upstate NY and Vermont with the old killer setup, my knees finally took control and insisted on this setup. Probably the main reason I'm getting a new bike, along with STI.
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53/39 w 12-25 105 cassette.

My native territory is mostly rolling hills, but I'm wanting to do some more sustained climbing, so I am very curious about alternatives that can expand the low gears somewhat if I need that. Does going from a 12-25 to 12-27 really make much of a difference?
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Front 54-39
rear 11-21
I used to hold the National Record in ths squat. I am strong, but hills kill me!
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Daily rider:
52/39 or 52/39/30 depending on the season.
13-24 7 spd freewheel.

Rolling terrain with several "climber's delight" rides that I enjoy.

Two project bikes in the works:
Litespeed/Chorus w/ 53/39 & 12-25
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Trusty steel frame, mixture of comps, w/ 52/38 & 12-28 10speed cluster or perhaps a compact crank with 50/34 & 11-25 (half the fun is looking for the right mix of stuff).

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Originally Posted by Belugadave
Now that's a setup with some range. You can probably still be pedaling at 50mph with that 56/11 combination.
Yep, he was pedaling like crazy but I was still in front! Sorry Chris!
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