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    SS gearing?

    I'm currently in the processes of getting my monocog ready for commuting and was wondering what some common cog sizes people use were . I am having my lbs order some 2" big apples and a 14tooth rear cog for this adjustment. how speedy will 32-14 and these tires take me? my local shop guy says itll be fine but i dont think its fast enough, what are your thoughts? Most likely i will give this setup a shot before changing my front chainring and getting disk brakes if needed. What are your thoughts on these tires? my goal in a tire is a tire i can take up and down stairs, do some urban riding at high speed and travel many miles on flat Florida asphalt without worrying about durability.(maybe i do want that small front chainring for more technical riding?) Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by root_rider
    I'm currently in the processes of getting my monocog ready for commuting and was wondering what some common cog sizes people use were . I am having my lbs order some 2" big apples and a 14tooth rear cog for this adjustment. how speedy will 32-14 and these tires take me? my local shop guy says itll be fine but i dont think its fast enough, what are your thoughts? Most likely i will give this setup a shot before changing my front chainring and getting disk brakes if needed. What are your thoughts on these tires? my goal in a tire is a tire i can take up and down stairs, do some urban riding at high speed and travel many miles on flat Florida asphalt without worrying about durability.(maybe i do want that small front chainring for more technical riding?) Thanks!
    I started commuting around a month ago and I have a SS setup with 36x16. It's pretty flat here (only a few underpasses and short ramps).

    My ride is 16miles and I do it in exactly one hour, so that's my average speed.
    Tonight I switched to a 14T cog and we'll se how it goes tomorrow. According to my gear calculator it should increase my speed by 2mph at 90rpm...

    If you are on flat land I'd go for sure with the 36T chainring.

    I ride mostly on trail (hardpacked bike path) and about 5 miles on road and paved bike path and I realized I'm going thru my tires real quick. I currently have tubeless setup with Hutchinson Phyton Lite 2.0 Front and Specialized 2Bliss LK Fast Trak 2.0

    For the tires I'm still looking myself for something better.
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    much thanks! where can i find a gear calculator?
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    Quote Originally Posted by root_rider
    much thanks! where can i find a gear calculator?
    I use one on my iPhone, creatively called Bike Gears

    http://www.jpmartineau.com/iphone/bi...or/screenshots

    I'm sure there are plenty of programs around (if you don't have an iPhone)
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    The venerable Sheldon Brown has one online.
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    Yes. Trust me, you DO NOT want 36x14. I have big apples. He does not have a 29er so he wasn't taking the wheel diameter into account. His 36x14 is the same as your 32x14. I rode 34x14. I personally DO NOT like the 14t cog. Fewer teeth, more sensitive to chain tension, faster wear. I'd try to find a ratio that worked for you with a 16T in the future, such as 36x16. Use Sheldon's calculator and aim for something around 66 gear inches. The big apples are fun and the Monocog is a good bike.

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    Ok, I'll chip in a bit. Having something around 66 gear inches is pretty perfect. I have a KM with 42x18 (dinglespeed) with the 2.0 Big Apples and they are a lot of fun. More work than a 700x20something tire, but then you can do stairs, ride through gravel and dirt trails fairly rapidly, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, don't know anything about the 14t v. 16t thing, but I do know your goal with the BAs is to get way leaned over on a downhill corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    , but I do know your goal with the BAs is to get way leaned over on a downhill corner.
    hmm?
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    When I ride on the big apples the feel is as close as it gets to doing this:

    I have a couple places on my regular routes where I bang it out and hang on for dear life.

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    cant wait. also, how do you use that calculator with a ss bike?? thanks!
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    Everything I said was referred to 26" wheels.
    Don't know what big apples meant, I thought it was some sort of big breasted Florida girl...
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    Quote Originally Posted by root_rider
    I'm currently in the processes of getting my monocog ready for commuting and was wondering what some common cog sizes people use were . ... Thanks!
    Have used 42x16 with skinny tires (35s), currently using 40x16 with WTB vulpines... I'm usually weighted down with ~20lbs worth of accessories.
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    I run 26" x 1.5" street tires and 46x18 for 7 miles on flat plus 2 little freeway overpasses and it works great for me. I'm in above average but not great shape and average 15+ mph.

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