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Show me your chainrings! Reveal your cogs!

Old 02-16-05, 12:19 PM
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Show me your chainrings! Reveal your cogs!

In the spirit of the "Double or Triple" thread, I thought it would be interesting to see what sort of gearing that people are riding around with these days. It might also be appropriate to declare what KIND of riding you do, so as to lend some context into the choice - and range - of gears you have.

For me, I'm a double guy, and the bike that I was just given - a an old, ugly bike - has a 52-42, which is pretty typical of what I've done most of my road riding on. My very first "serious" road bike, however, had a 54-45 (with a large cog of only 23); I was quite a hill climber.

Today, however, I'm riding 52-42, with a freewheel hub (i.e. not a cassette) that's a 13-15-17-19-21-24 (I think). I do mostly faster-paced (for me) training type rides.

What about you?
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Originally Posted by Smokey
In the spirit of the "Double or Triple" thread, I thought it would be interesting to see what sort of gearing that people are riding around with these days. It might also be appropriate to declare what KIND of riding you do, so as to lend some context into the choice - and range - of gears you have.

For me, I'm a double guy, and the bike that I was just given - a an old, ugly bike - has a 52-42, which is pretty typical of what I've done most of my road riding on. My very first "serious" road bike, however, had a 54-45 (with a large cog of only 23); I was quite a hill climber.

Today, however, I'm riding 52-42, with a freewheel hub (i.e. not a cassette) that's a 13-15-17-19-21-24 (I think). I do mostly faster-paced (for me) training type rides.

What about you?
5 speed 14x36 in the rear and a 53/44 double.
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Old 02-16-05, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Smokey
In the spirit of the "Double or Triple" thread, I thought it would be interesting to see what sort of gearing that people are riding around with these days. It might also be appropriate to declare what KIND of riding you do, so as to lend some context into the choice - and range - of gears you have.

For me, I'm a double guy, and the bike that I was just given - a an old, ugly bike - has a 52-42, which is pretty typical of what I've done most of my road riding on. My very first "serious" road bike, however, had a 54-45 (with a large cog of only 23); I was quite a hill climber.

Today, however, I'm riding 52-42, with a freewheel hub (i.e. not a cassette) that's a 13-15-17-19-21-24 (I think). I do mostly faster-paced (for me) training type rides.

What about you?
I haven't looked into the technical end of this (gearing that is) but the bike I'm waiting on (my first) is 52/42/30 & 12-26.
What does that tell you?
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Originally Posted by reich17
I haven't looked into the technical end of this (gearing that is) but the bike I'm waiting on (my first) is 52/42/30 & 12-26.
What does that tell you?

It tells me that you need a "Congrats!" and "Good luck!" on the new bike and that you're probably gonna be riding an 8-speed cassette, 12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26. Just a hunch.
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Current bike: 52/42/30 with a 12-25 used for relatively hilly, and long rides.

Bike in progress: 53/42/30 with a 12-27 for same purpose but hopefully even longer rides.
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Originally Posted by Smokey
you're probably gonna be riding an 8-speed cassette, 12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26. Just a hunch.
Ever hear of a sram 9 speed 12x26?
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Originally Posted by reich17
I haven't looked into the technical end of this (gearing that is) but the bike I'm waiting on (my first) is 52/42/30 & 12-26.
What does that tell you?
You didn't do you homework, and may end up spending more money to ditch the triple if you decide you don't need it.?
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Originally Posted by sydney
Ever hear of a sram 9 speed 12x26?
I guess I should have noted that it is a nine speed.
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Originally Posted by sydney
Ever hear of a sram 9 speed 12x26?
I gots one of them! Handy little bugger for when I go off in search of hills. Otherwise, it's an 11-23 on a 53-39.
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Originally Posted by sydney
Ever hear of a sram 9 speed 12x26?
Obviously not! In fact, at the speed that things are changing, I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised if you asked if I'd ever heard of an sram 15 speed (12-26, inclusive), eh??
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53-39 with a 9 speed 12-23

I ride mostly flats.
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Bike 1 52-39 front, 13,14,15,17,19,21,23,26 rear (Sora 8 speed)

Bike 2 52-42 front, 12,13,15,17,19,21,23,25 rear (Sora 8 speed)

Bike 3 52-39 front, 12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25 rear (105 9 speed)

Bike 3 is sitting in the hangar untested, but will soon make her debut on Bikeforums. Watch this space.

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Ultegra 53/39 Double 12-27 9-speed
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Nothing special - 53/39, 12/25 9 speed. If I go North/South, it tends to be a lot or rolling hills and flats, East/West is either straight up or straight down, so I kind of favor a middle of the road set up.
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54-42
12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23-25

Try a bigger cookie on the front. You'll be startled at what you can do with it. Especially with lightweight wheels.

OK, I showed you mine. Throw me some beads!
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52/39
12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23
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53/39

12-25 tens speed
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52-42-30 and a sram 8 speed 12-26. I'll buy a new bike if my legs outgrow this one.
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53/39, 12-26 9 speed
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50/34 with 11-23 9 speed on flats and rolling hills...for +50 mile rides with hills longer than 3 miles and over 5% grade I'll toss on the 11-27 in the back. Thinking about the death ride and still up in the air with what I'll run there.

I have run a 52/42 with 13-25 6 speed, 53/39 12-23 8 speed. I have had the most fun setting up a 53/39 with a 11-32.
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Race bike: 52/39, 12-25 9-speed.
Commuter: 53/42/30, 12-27 8-speed.

It's so flat around here, it's kind of ridiculous for me to have all those gear combinations.
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Originally Posted by ggg300
50/34 with 11-23 9 speed on flats and rolling hills...for +50 mile rides with hills longer than 3 miles and over 5% grade I'll toss on the 11-27 in the back. Thinking about the death ride and still up in the air with what I'll run there.
Better to err on side of lower gearing for death ride. I want to get 6 passes. I think less than 10% got all 6 pasess last year.

Most people do that ride with 48/38/24 and 11-32. I'd rather do it with a 44/32/22 and a road casstte though.
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53/39 w/ 13-29 cassette. I'm hoping I can go to a 13-26 this year. I really wish that Campy made a 12-27 though.

My favorite rides are those with a lot of climbing.
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A 50/34 with a 11/28 and a lot of hills and mountains. Just left a 53/39 with a 11/27 doing the same riding. Hope I will save my knees and legs for when I get old. I am 52 now but plan to still be riding at 90.
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48/38 ---13-25

i built it up with city-riding in mind, but lately, i only take it out into the hills. i'm a pretty big fan of that gearing, the 48 lets me spin my harder gears faster, and gives me what i think is a better range for me. lately, i've been considering going with the more traditional 53/39, just to try it out.

my next bike will most likeley be a 28/28/48 --- 11-32 touring beastie. i'm busy picking out the other components, and have yet to decide on a frame (my heart is pretty much set on a burley touring frame in "emerald", but somehow, the surly crosscheck keeps worming it's way back into my heart).
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