## Advice on gearing options requested...

CoffsGal
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### Advice on gearing options requested...

Maybe you can offer some advice...

My current gearing is 48-15 and I am finding it a little high for races over 6 laps.

Today I purchased two new rear sprockets...a 16T and a 17T. I fitted the 17T but the reduced chain length meant that the rear tyre was hard against the seat tube. So no good, and same with the 16T.

How do you recommend I lower the gearing...
1) Get a longer chain and use the 16 or 17T sprockets.
2) Get a smaller front chain ring.

I have calculated the ratios as follows...
48-15 = 3.20 (current)
46-15 = 3.07
48-16 = 3.00 (need longer chain)
46-16 = 2.88
48-17 = 2.82 (need longer chain)
46-17 = 2.71

So maybe the 46-16 would be a good choice hopefully without needing to change the chain, and enable the rear wheel to have enough clearance to clear the seat tube.

Any suggestions?

Emma

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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

CoffsGal wrote:Maybe you can offer some advice...

My current gearing is 48-15 and I am finding it a little high for races over 6 laps.

Today I purchased two new rear sprockets...a 16T and a 17T. I fitted the 17T but the reduced chain length meant that the rear tyre was hard against the seat tube. So no good, and same with the 16T.

How do you recommend I lower the gearing...
1) Get a longer chain and use the 16 or 17T sprockets.
2) Get a smaller front chain ring.

I have calculated the ratios as follows...
48-15 = 3.20 (current)
46-15 = 3.07
48-16 = 3.00 (need longer chain)
46-16 = 2.88
48-17 = 2.82 (need longer chain)
46-17 = 2.71

So maybe the 46-16 would be a good choice hopefully without needing to change the chain, and enable the rear wheel to have enough clearance to clear the seat tube.

Any suggestions?

Emma

Em - you'll need another chain if you get serious about playing with gearing so just buy one and run two chains. Obviously make sure you don't cut them the same length!

Personally I push a 15/50. I find 14/50 is good for longer races especially when the pace gets up as long as there isn't much surging. If you're doing a points race you want something a bit higher maybe 16/50 so you can kick a bit without cooking yourself otherwise get on the front and drive it with a bigger gear hoping everyone else has gone high. You've just gotta play with the gears to work it out - no-one can really advise you too much as everyone is different. Most good female riders I know can spin quicker than a guy of similar abilities so you might be able to spin a gear that would have me bouncing like a 2 dollar hooker - you just gotta expriment. I'd probably add a front 50 and a 46 to your tool box. You can't fine tune the gears with the rear sprocket as the steps are just too big.
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CoffsGal
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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

jacks1071 wrote:Em - you'll need another chain if you get serious about playing with gearing so just buy one and run two chains. Obviously make sure you don't cut them the same length!

Personally I push a 15/50. I find 14/50 is good for longer races especially when the pace gets up as long as there isn't much surging. If you're doing a points race you want something a bit higher maybe 16/50 so you can kick a bit without cooking yourself otherwise get on the front and drive it with a bigger gear hoping everyone else has gone high. You've just gotta play with the gears to work it out - no-one can really advise you too much as everyone is different. Most good female riders I know can spin quicker than a guy of similar abilities so you might be able to spin a gear that would have me bouncing like a 2 dollar hooker - you just gotta expriment. I'd probably add a front 50 and a 46 to your tool box. You can't fine tune the gears with the rear sprocket as the steps are just too big.

Thanks Jack,

I will get the second chain I think, and try the 48-16 and 48-17 combinations at this weekend's meet. if I need something in between I will try a 46T chain ring.

Cheers.

Em

CoffsGal
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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

Purchased a new chain and replaced the 15T with the 17T sprocket...went to the track comp this arvo and found the 17T made me spin too fast...fitted the 16T and it was much better...

ratios...
48-15 = 3.20 (too hard)
48-16 = 3.00 (just right)
48-17 = 2.82 (too easy)

alex
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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

what grade are you in and how old are you?

48/16 is 81 inches which is a tiny gear but i am not really familiar with how the fairer sex set up their track bikes
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.

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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

77.8" is a fun street gear.
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CoffsGal
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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

alex wrote:what grade are you in and how old are you?

48/16 is 81 inches which is a tiny gear but i am not really familiar with how the fairer sex set up their track bikes

Have been competing in road and crits (C grade) for 11 months...best crit average 35.9kph...racing track for 3 weeks...I am 56yo...

The 48/16 does have me spinning quite a bit but seems appropriate for the moment...maybe when I grow up I will try a higher gear...

alex
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### Re: Advice on gearing options requested...

sounds like it works for you which is all that matters

was just curious re your age etc !
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.