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    24" wheels, hardtail urban. What gearing??

    I posted this over in drivetrain.. thought I would get some answers here..

    Alright. I've got my component spec down. Still deciding between two frames. I'll be using the bike lightly (twice a month) for urban duty, mild hucks and transportation.

    I am contemplating "building" a custom 4-5sp cassette (from a loose 9sp) onto a Hadley SS hub and using a road derailleur. Anyone tried this or have suggestions on gearing ratios?

    I have a few other bikes but this will be my first with 24" wheels.

    Thanks.

    Here is the hub I'll be using..
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    How big of a chainwheel are you going to be using? I just set up a 3 speed drivetrain on a woodman ss hub on 24s. I ran 34 up front and 21,18,15 in the rear. That worked fine for me. I use that bike for mostly street, park and commuting
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGAllen
    I posted this over in drivetrain.. thought I would get some answers here..

    Alright. I've got my component spec down. Still deciding between two frames. I'll be using the bike lightly (twice a month) for urban duty, mild hucks and transportation.

    I am contemplating "building" a custom 4-5sp cassette (from a loose 9sp) onto a Hadley SS hub and using a road derailleur. Anyone tried this or have suggestions on gearing ratios?

    I have a few other bikes but this will be my first with 24" wheels.

    Thanks.

    Here is the hub I'll be using..


    same thing with a king........

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    nice looking hubs bub! the setup sounds interesting. for SS, I run 30x13 or 30x14 with 24's. Not really sure why you'd want gears for urban though. Chains slapping around and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ---->SWERVE76<----
    How big of a chainwheel are you going to be using? I just set up a 3 speed drivetrain on a woodman ss hub on 24s. I ran 34 up front and 21,18,15 in the rear. That worked fine for me. I use that bike for mostly street, park and commuting
    I'll be using mine for the same thing. Haven't decided on the chainwheel yet...
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    What's the tooth count on those sox??
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    Quote Originally Posted by namaSSte
    nice looking hubs bub! the setup sounds interesting. for SS, I run 30x13 or 30x14 with 24's. Not really sure why you'd want gears for urban though. Chains slapping around and all.
    If it was strictly urban, I wouldn't. But as this rig will see "other" uses it would be nice to have a low/high as well as a "park" gear or two.
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    I run 36-16 with my 24" bike.
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/ <----- check that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGAllen
    If it was strictly urban, I wouldn't. But as this rig will see "other" uses it would be nice to have a low/high as well as a "park" gear or two.
    I hear ya. I really would strongly urge you to stick to SS though. There really is nothing in an urban/park environment that should require different gearing. Adding gears means, more adjustments, more noise, more thing to break...basically more of a PITA. SS can be ridden in most circumstances. [email protected], Ive done 12 and 24hr xc events riding SS. Stick to one gear brutha, you be thanking the ole nam for it later!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGAllen
    What's the tooth count on those sox??
    i don't know, it's not mine. sorry if i implied that.


    but if you care i'm running 36 18 w/ 24".....

    SS is the way. i ride mine all over town (like 20 miles.... so mabye 40 miles a day especially over summer )

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    I've always set up my SS with a 2:1 ratio or something similar. I rather liked running a 22 tooth chainring with a 11 or 12 tooth rear. Hmmm... That's a very interesting setup with the multiple gears on the King hub... I think I'd like it better if it were like a manual shift type of thing, but I don't like having to use a derailleur on a urban bike. Chain goes everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGAllen
    What's the tooth count on those sox??
    those are 13-12-11
    There was a post on ridemonkey

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