Cassette on new bikes.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by gavroche, 6 Feb 2019.

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  1. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    My bike (mid 80s) came with 52/42 driving a 13/23 (7sp)
    lowest gear 48.8 gear inches
    you were expected to have strong legs back then

    Its now 52/39 driving 14/32
    Lowest gear 32.5 geaer inches
     
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  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
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  3. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

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    pboro
    11-42 rocks with a 36-26 up front.

    I had to go 11-32 as I just can't get up hills I'm a Fenner.
    I have a 44-34 on the Boardman, I like that
     
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  4. Chris S

    Chris S Veteran

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    Birmingham
    I've got a 3-speed hub on mine which gives 45, 60 and 80 inch gears. These are just right for Birmingham. I suspect most bikes come with a 11x28 cassette because it's just right for most places.
     
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  5. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Aren't most bikes built for American born-again cyclists living in California? That would explain why they are so badly sealed against water and the finish deteriorates so fast in wet conditions.
     
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  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I rode the early season Croydon Hardriders 25 with a 48 chainring and 14-18 back in 1970.

    That was NOT a good idea, as anyone who knows Kent will tell you.
     
  7. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    Mine has a motor instead :laugh::laugh:
     
  8. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Veteran

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    Lincs
    My first road bike as an adult and more unfit was 50/34 and 11-32. It allowed me to climb 10% hills, but whilst being on the ragged edge of blowing up.

    Now i use a triple crank 48/36/26 mated to either 11-32 or 11-40 .Im much fitter these days and really enjoy climbing mountains. They are still tough, but I dictate the pace/cadence not the gradient.
    Says 90+kg 50+rider ^_^
     
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  9. mgs315

    mgs315 Senior Member

    Wow, yeah sod that. I’m glad I’ve got a 50/34 11-32 available on some of those gradients.
     
  10. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Veteran

    In the early 90s, you'd have bern laughed at for having anything bigger than 21T on a racing bike. We've gone soft.
     
  11. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Veteran

    We all nagged our parents to buy us a 10 speed, then treated the bikes so badly that the front seized anyway!
     
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  12. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    I remember cycling to work back then when MTBs had just come out, I used to pass this guy most mornings 'twiddling' away as I cruised past at 25-30Mph (depending on the wind) and thinking ":crazy:"

    Now I look at the Carlton (with a 13-23 and 42-52) and think "Gawd I used to ride that everywhere" :heat:
     
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  13. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    South Manchester
    Pah, what happened to 42 x 21 - we must have been mad.
     
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  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    The Milk Race went up local climb 'Mytholm Steeps' once in the 1980s. I got chatting to a local cyclist who had been standing on the steepest section (see my photos below) and he said that spectators were having to catch the cyclists as they toppled sideways, their feet still strapped onto their pedals. They certainly weren't climbing well on their 21s - ha ha! :okay: :laugh:

    Mytholm Steeps - so near but so far.jpg

    Mytholm Steeps - swing wide for evil bend.jpg
     
  15. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Yes you need to be using a 36/ 52 chain rings.:okay:
     
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