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    Gearing ?

    Is there a big difference between a 16 tooth cog and a 17. I have a 16 for shorter rides and racing and a 18 for longer all day rides and endurance racing. Would a 17 tooth cog be a happy medium so there is no more gear changes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
    Is there a big difference between a 16 tooth cog and a 17. I have a 16 for shorter rides and racing and a 18 for longer all day rides and endurance racing. Would a 17 tooth cog be a happy medium so there is no more gear changes?
    Personally I doubt you'll notice much difference between the 17t and either of the other two. While I can certainly tell a difference between cogs with two teeth difference, I wouldn't change gears if there was only one tooth difference.

    Maybe that's a good reason to go for the 17t. It would allow you to leave one cog on all the time and not have to change back & forth between the 16t & 18t, which it sounds like what you wish to do.

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    As cheap as cogs are, just go ahead and try it. Just got a 20T for the wife for something like $5 at Jenson. If she likes it, I'll get a nice Surly.

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