1. Sunny Portrush

    Gearing on Track bikes

    Just wondering if anyone knows or heard what the gearing was on the track bikes at the Olympics. Hopefully there`s a pic of the Australian bike. The only thing about it that`s like my road bike is that they are both Argon 18`s lol
  2. NickTB

    Mountain bike with road bike gearing

    Hello all, I’ve bought myself a Marin Gestalt one by gravel bike a few months back and I’ve finally realised my back just isn’t up to the geometry. I’m thinking of getting a mountain bike for the relaxed riding position but don’t want to be spinning out on my frequent road trips. Can anyone...
  3. L

    Gearing advice needed.

    I’ve been tinkering with a ‘93 GT Tequesta and am now thinking about upgrading/changing the shifter/levers and gearing. Mainly used for exploring the city as well as light trails and I’d love to do some bike packing in the future... Bit of a novice at this bike stuff so suggestions on which...
  4. Lovacott

    Gearing: How close is 24 teeth front/28 teeth back to a 44 front/46 back? (edited title)

    My 21 speed or 3x1 gives me a low gear which I used to use a lot but rarely use now (although, I do use it now and again). My current set up has a low gear with 24 teeth on the front and 28 teeth on the back. I'm looking to buy a 1x10 with a single 44 tooth chain ring driving a maximum 42...
  5. Justinslow

    Modern trend for extremely low gearing

    So what’s with the fashion of tiny front ring and dinner plate cassettes? That’s seriously low gearing, 30-51 for instance? Do they really ever get used, I mean I could probably walk really slowly and still be faster than pedalling the bike. Maybe there’s a case for serious mountain up hills but...
  6. simongt

    What gearing - ?

    I'm debating whether to get a 'fun' bike with a flip flop rear hub to enjoy when I retire in a couple of years or so, but haven't rode single speed for may a year; said previous bikes being general purpose rather than sporty. I'm now 67 and with my knees being a bit worn :whistle:, am riding...
  7. SuperHans123

    Need advice on replacement gearing for a single chainring 9 speed hybrid

    I have a Cannondale Treadwell 2 hybrid bike. It has just 9 gears with a single front chainwheel and a 11/42 rear cassette. It has Micro Shift Advent gearing. Despite many efforts to fine tune by both myself and my LBS I am now utterly fed up of it slipping all the time. I want to upgrade but am...
  8. S

    An unfashionable gearing set up?

    I've been looking to replace an ancient touring bike with 2x5 gears and have looked at 1x11 systems but I've had another idea for a 2x10 that doesn't seem to be off the peg. But first, the situation and what I'm trying to achieve Live an a hilly area so want a wide range of gears Gradients...
  9. wafter

    Ideal cadence and strength - have we been spoilt by lower gearing?

    Recently I've had cause to grind my way up a few hills thanks to the relatively unsympathatic 40/28 low gear on my Raleigh (which is about 1.4 times higher than the 34/34 afforded by my Genesis). This has raised a few points in my mind as a result of noticing the after-effects of these climbs a...
  10. plastic_cyclist

    Gearing up for the winter

    Okay, so I've been aiming to ride my Giant TCR about 3 times per week circa 25 miles and a biggish ride at the weekend, trying to amass 100 miles/week. the only really window of opportunity for me to get these mid-week rides chalked off and out the way is 6am starts. It's all okay at the...
  11. Gibbo9

    Gearing Advice

    Hi All, I hope you are all well and are coping with the pandemic as best you can. It has been quite some time since I last posted on here, although I do pop in now and again to see what is going on. I am back seeking advice on gearing as the topic and subsequent explanations confuse me...
  12. Daninplymouth

    Gearing and crossing chain advice

    Hi, I’m about to take delivery on my new bike. Just wanted to check on my current bike I don’t use the 2biggest on the cassette when on the larger chain ring, 52t My new bike has a large 11-34 cassette would the same apply to this or should I try to avoid the top 3gears due to the bigger gears...
  13. Dale 1956

    Gearing on your bicycle

    I'm not sure where to post this if it needs to be move please do.Now about my gearing on my Surly Disc Trucker I run a 40,30,22 chain ring and a 11-34 rear cassette on my bicycle I can go up just about any hill when I am fully loaded and pulling a BoB trailer loaded as well.But I built my bike...
  14. 12boy

    3 speed gearing

    Been searching a bit and trying to count teeth on pictures of 3 speeds but can't figure it out. What were the sprockets and chainrings on the club, sporty and utility SA 3 speed bikes? Were all 3 the same? My 700c bike has 48/18 and I've been curious as to what the old ones had. Thanks for...
  15. D

    Brompton 3 speed gearing question

    Just had a test ride on a standard 3-speed Brompton form Evans in Leeds. Was OK really but I found the gearing to be a bit high. I think I used 3rd just once in the few hours I had it. Was nearly always in 1st with the occasional relaxed cruising on the flat in 2nd. I'm not a fit or fast...
  16. Sunny Portrush

    Numpty Gearing Question (esp for climbing)

    No matter how many tutorials I watch, I still dont fully understand gearing lol. Basically, I`ve just got back from a cycling holiday in the Alps and i bike I hired came with ultegra compact 11 speed groupsets with 11-32 cassettes on the back giving 34-32 as the easiest gear. I found it...
  17. cabbieman

    Changing cassette gearing

    Hi. Can I swap a shimano Sora 13-25 cassette for an 11-30/32? Do I need a new chain? It's a secondhand bike purchase for my niece and I don't think she could cope with the hills on a 25. Any suggestions ?
  18. Dec66

    Hub gearing question

    A mate of mine, who doesn't cycle a great deal, is about to do L2B on his hybrid, which has Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gearing. I'm trying to work out what his ratios would correspond to in terms of the teeth on an 8-speed cassette if he had a derailleur setup (upfront is a single with 39...
  19. Dic Deryn

    Gearing: Converting to a 1 x 11 on a 105

    Hi all. I have just come back from a mini tour of Wales, one of the issues I had during the tour was climbing with a fully loaded bike. The Pinnacle Arkose I ride has a compact twin with a 32t rear cassette. Whilst slogging and pushing up many a hill, I began to thin about fearing options. As...
  20. Venod

    Gearing Change

    I have a CX bike and a winter bike (OK its another CX but with mudguards) both of these run 46/36 chainsets with 11-32 cassette both 10 speed. The road bike has (had) 50/34 with a 12-30 cassette, I have just converted it to the same gearing as my other bikes as I like the smaller step between...
  21. mangid

    Experiences moving to a lower gearing ...

    I'm probably over thinking things, but here goes ... I've ridden 48x18 (fixed) for years, and the cruise at 100RPM and 20mph feels just great, but, some mornings I'm feeling a tad ponderous, and do wonder if I should move to a lower gear. I know, it's straight forward enough to change...
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  23. buzzy-beans

    changing sprockets on 7 speed Freehub

    The rear Mavic wheel on my delicious bike is fitted with a 7 speed Freehub, however the 13 to 19 tooth allied to a 52/42 chain ring gearing is utterly stupid for my 68 year old legs and try as I have, I simply can't get on with it. The problem appears to be the age of the splined Freehub which...
  24. Ming the Merciless

    Recumbent bike gearing setup for hills

    What is the gearing setup on your recumbent bike? Am I right in thinking there is only so low you can go before the gear is too low to be usable?
  25. dhd.evans

    SS Noob Question - Gearing

    Hi guys, I've bought a Pinnacle Dolomite Single Speed (2017 model). The gearing is 44 x 18 which is grand for flats and gentle hills but, genuinely, I'm well and truly spinning out on any downhills. A quick read around shows me that replacing the rear sprocket with something smaller will...
  26. DCBassman

    Cassettes and gearing

    Fairly soon, I will need to replace chain and cassette on my Scott, it's a Sora 8-speed system. From reading various threads, it seems likely I can lower the gearing a bit by selecting a larger sprocket set, so long as it's still within the range of the Sora mech. Fine. But how do I determine...
  27. roger06

    Gearing on kid's bike?

    Hi My son has a cheap Apollo 'mountain' bike from Halfords and we've just started doing some fairly easy off road tracks. He's nine and although small for his age he's fit and sporty. However he can't peddle up even the slightest incline, he stands on the peddles and has to stop after a few...
  28. B

    Low cost models with cassette based gearing

    Just wondering what models people are aware of that have cassette based gearing rather than freewheels at the lower end of pricing. Not keen on freewheels to say the least. I know of the Carrera Intercity which is £350 but are there any other models at similar or even less pricing?
  29. Fnaar

    Gearing advice /new fixie

  30. Dave7

    Whyte Montpellier..........question re' gearing

    I am looking at bikes again as 'sale time' (hopefully) gets closer. Looking at the Whyte Montpellier I just noticed that it only has one front ring and the cassette is 11-42 (didn't notice that previously). I know it's not a "road bike" but most (maybe all) hybrids have a least a double. Their...
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