Educog Me... Gear Science
Despite being a fairly long-time SS'r, I have never swapped cogs or though much about it. Either push or spin when needed.
I want to know what size rear I should be running on fairly flat gravel & hillier XC courses? My 33-20 is about perfect for most of my XC riding.
I have the most capable SS bike set-up I have ever had & want to swap 3-4 cogs out as needed.
Use this - Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Gear Calculator
Then start by figuring out which cog size you think might work, based on where you are now and what you plan on using it for (one man's hilly is another man's flat).
Trial and error, sadly.
Clobber- if you've never messed with different gearing, why start now?
Trails are flooded. Relegated to gravel. Climbed everything XC close to home, ready for some new challenges.
Originally Posted by rob1035
I run anything from 32x19 to 32x22 depending on which trails or area I am in. I use 32 x 15 to 16 on most of my gravel rides around the Nashville, TN area and 32 x 17 to 18 on more mountainous terrain. I have to agree, it was some trial and error and just guessing correctly. Good luck.
I bounce between 3
36x17 - Gravel Roads, trail for a hard work out.
34x17 - Gravel Raods, trails, good all around gear.
32x17 - Techy, climby trail, too spinny for gravel
29" wheels. 2.2" tires
Last edited by goldencalf; 05-27-2013 at 08:35 PM.
Those posting actual teeth counts should at least post what wheel set up they've got. 26, 27.5, 29, etc.
Gravel rides, I like high 50's to low 60's gear inches. But as Shalom said, its all trial and error. Your gearing is specific to your trail, physical fitness, etc.
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