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Why no one uses front rings smaller than 42?(3 posts)

Why no one uses front rings smaller than 42?kilimanjaro
Jan 30, 2004 1:19 PM
I whant to "fix" my current road bike and it has a 38 inner. Is there a reason I can't use that as the front chainring provided that I can get the chainline right via spacers and or new BB?
you are mistaken...PaulNYC
Jan 30, 2004 2:42 PM
I use a 39.

Seriously, use whatever you like. people like the bigger ones because they'll wear longer and ride nicer, but don't sweat it.
40 x 16wolfereeno
Feb 2, 2004 4:27 AM
It's a tiny bit light; I might go to a 42 or 44x16.

I find the front rings are a lot cheaper than rear ones.